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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell v. Charney

There has been much press, commentary and blog coverage about Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell, wherein a (now former) associate alleges that he suffered discrimination based on his sexual orientation.  It makes for good legal drama (gossip?) for quite a few reasons-- for example, all of the high-powered lawyering and, with that, the posturing and strategizing.

Much of the frenzy was spurred by Charney's initial PR campaign, which began with a posting of portions of the complaint to the "Greedy Associates" message board, and a link to his own personal website, which contained a copy of the entire complaint.   

What does contract law have to do with this?  Well, not much until yesterday

Sullivan & Cromwell has countersued, asserting that Charney's complaint contains "confidential and non-public information" about the firm and its clients.  (Among other things, Charney attached a purported copy of S&C's partnership agreement as an exhibit to the complaint).  S&C claims that, by disseminating this information, Charney, among other things, breached the Confidentiality Agreement he signed (presumably as part of the HR paperwork when he commenced employment with the firm).

Stay tuned.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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