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Lower Profile MeToo Defendants Like Lumenis Still Use Scorched Earth Tactics After Harvey Weinstein

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 8 – In an era when abuses long kept silent are increasingly being surfaced and even litigated, there are still attempts to silence reporting on the abuses, a continuation of the abuses.

  On May 7 Inner City Press reported in detail on the case against Peter Nygard, here, at which where exactly he lives and his history of retaliation was discussed before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos. Many readers in many places liked it. It similarly covered the proceeding, abruptly ended, against Jeffrey Epstein before SDNY Judge Richard M. Berman. 

   Those are high profile cases and are reported on in detail, apparently without interference. But in lower profile cases the old-school attempts to silence and even censor coverage continue.

On May 6 a California employers' lawyer defending the medical device / tattoo removal firm Lumenis against sexual harassment charges submitted a letter to a Federal judge in New York urging "intervention" against Inner City Press for reporting on the case against his client.

  The lawyer, Todd Wolffson of Irvine-based Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, injected into the docket "to bring an issue of concern to your attention. We feel we have a professional obligation to do so. We have recently become aware that an unannounced, outside blogger, Matthew Russell Lee1 , was on the telephonic conference line for the proceedings on April 24, 2020, at 10:40 a.m. (Doc. No. 97)."

   So who is this employers' lawyer who is so ethical he simply must, as a matter of "professional obligation," try to get a Federal judge to sanction a journalist who wrote about the case against his client?

  Well, as an initial matter, Todd Wolffson advises business that, for example, "If an employee posts on a public site and uses the employer’s name, the employer has the right to review the posts – and in fact, the employer should be routinely making sure its name, brand and online reputation are not improperly tarnished."

    Tellingly, Wolffson has written that “Before Harvey Weinstein, I think most HR departments were trying to fly low and avoid the radar on this kind of thing." And now? If you can't fly low - with no media coverage of sexual harassment cases - then, apparently, offered scorched earth defenses beyond those employed by Jeffrey Epstein in the past and, it was learned on May 7, Peter Nygard in Canada.

  Now he and his Lumenis clients Steven Gerhart, Todd Rosa, Greg Mack and Trenton Williams have gone beyond that - they believe that any press coverage they don't like should be threatened with sanction from a Federal judge. It's corporate censorship.

   But even in this case, in fairness, it's not just Wolffson. Signing on to his letter were Alessandra M. Messineo Long and Segal McCambridge's Carla Varriale-Barker. What are their practices?

  Beyond Inner City Press written response into the docket, which took the entire afternoon of May 7 and made impossible coverage of cases before SDNY Judges Castel, Pauley, Carter and Stein (a super group sounding law firm, that), Lunemis' complaint ignores the specific practice at issue. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in open court often conducts case management conference at a table next to the gallery full of people, trying to see dispute resolved. These are not closed sessions. Case closed? Watch this site.


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