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Rahul Siddharth of Verificient Is Sued By Staffer For Urging Abortion now New Lawyer so Nov 7

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 6 – Rahul Siddharth of Verificient Technologies has been sued by an ex-employee who says he got her pregnant and implored her to abort her pregnancy.      

   On February 25, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York  Judge Andrew L. Carter held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 The plaintiff says she reluctantly aborted her pregnancy and that Rahul Siddharth never paid her the promised $45,000.    There was talk of JAMS mediation.

Judge Carter said to hold off, then, on motions. He asked for a joint status report on mediation by May 20.

On April 1, the parties reappeared before the assigned Magistrate Judge, Stuart D. Aaron. A request for more interrogatories, and to strike or seal, was denied.

Over the weekend of July 16-17, this: "ORDER with respect to [40] Letter Motion to Compel: Plaintiffs' motion made on Saturday, 7/16/2022, to compel a defendant to appear for deposition on Wednesday, 7/20/2022, in circumstances where that defendant's counsel was non-responsive on Friday, 7/15/2022, is DENIED. In that regard, the Court notes that Plaintiffs' counsel failed to provide the Court with a copy of the deposition notice, or the date that it was served. No later than Wednesday, 7/20/2022, Defendants' counsel shall respond to that portion of Plaintiffs' motion that seeks sanctions against him and his client. The Court shall hold a telephone conference on Friday, 7/22/2022."

On July 21, plaintiff's counsel filed a letter with Judge Aaron recounting that Siddharth failed to appear for a July 15 deposition and that his lawyer's "phone appears to be disconnected."

On July 22, Judge Aaron held the proceeding and Inner City Press covered it. But the defense lawyer did not appear. Judge Aaron set another - final? - conference for August 25 at 11 am, with the lawyer to show cause why he should not be sanctions, and with Siddharth ordered to appear himself. Is default coming?

Note yet. On October 6, this: "ORDER: Following a telephone conference with the parties, it is hereby Ordered as follows: 1. In view of successor counsel having appeared on behalf of Defendants and the representations of prior counsel Henry Bell (see, e.g., 8/25/2022 Letter, ECF No. 47), Mr. Bell is hereby relieved as counsel. However, Mr. Bell shall continue to cooperate with successor counsel as indicated in his August 25, 2022 Letter. 2. The deadline for Defendants to respond to the Amended Complaint is extended, nunc pro tunc, until November 7, 2022. 3. The deadline for the completion of all discovery is extended until February 3, 2023. Extensions shall be granted for good cause shown. SO ORDERED. SCG Siddharth Creative Group Inc. answer due 11/7/2022; Rahul Siddharth answer due 11/7/2022; Verificient Technologies Inc answer due 11/7/2022.( Discovery due by 2/3/2023.) (Signed by Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron on 10/6/2022)."

The case is Doe v. Siddharth et al., 21-cv-4285 (Carter / Aaron).


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