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Cohen & Co Was Sued About Vitaly Malkin Now Rollag Legal Threat On Link to Oligarch

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 10 – Kevin Rollag sued Cowen and Company after complaining it accepted investments into is Cannabis group from "Vitaly Malkin, a Russian / Israeli oligarch banned from Canada for 19 years."

Rollag said his bonus was slashed and he was thrown off the cannabis team.

 On March 2, 2021  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Ronnie Abrams held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Cohen wanted to compel arbitration. It  made filings with redactions in nearly every paragraph, and alleged that Rollag had engaged in defamation. They have been told they could separately sue for that.

Now in April 2022 it is Rollag's family sending, via counsel, a legal threat, which we publish: "Dear Mr. Russell: I have been retained to represent Ms. Katherine Rollag to address her concerns regarding the financial, personal and reputational damages caused by your article about her husband Kevin Rollag entitled Cohen & Co is Sued After Took Vitaly Malkin Money for Cannabis Unit Redactions in SDNY, dated March 2, 2020, located on your site at the following link

  The article contains damaging information, and we are requesting that you remove the link. To that end, the article mentions a lawsuit involving Mr. Rollag where Mr. Rollag claimed he was improperly terminated after he objected to his former employer’s dealings with a Russian-Israeli oligarch. The article discussed various procedural filings in the case, including the motion to compel arbitration. Since the date of the article, namely in early 2022, Mr. Rollag’s lawsuit was settled. Despite the fact that the litigation was settled, your article remains online, calling into question my client’s actions and reputation. While the article may have had an inadvertent intent, the article, and the way you are presenting this information to the public, is causing tremendous damage to my client and his reputation, and as a result of the presence of the article online, Mr. Rollag is suffering great emotional strain and financial loss. Namely, when potential business employers Google search my client’s name, your article appears near the top of the search results." 

The case is Rollag v. Cowen Inc. et al., 20-cv-5138 (Abrams)


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