Thank you, Sullivan & Cromwell, for not settling this case and putting the mess behind you. The ongoing saga of Aaron Charney v. S&C is providing lawyers across the country with hours of entertainment.
Each week brings some exciting new development or salacious revelation. And yesterday’s hearing in New York Supreme Court, before Justice Bernard Fried, was no exception to this rule.
Discussion and links, after the jump.
Today’s New York Law Journal has a short piece on the proceedings. Some excerpts:
The judge who is overseeing the legal battle between Sullivan & Cromwell and former associate Aaron B. Charney, Tuesday ordered depositions of three lawyers who participated in a confidential Jan. 31 settlement meeting at which Charney’s lawyers claim a Sullivan & Cromwell partner “ordered” the ex-associate to destroy his personal hard drive….
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bernard Fried ordered that [S&C partner Gandolfo "Vince"] DiBlasi be deposed on the limited subject of what was said about the hard drive at the meeting. He further ordered the limited depositions of two other lawyers in attendance, Sullivan & Cromwell associate Gera Grinberg and Grinberg’s then-lawyer Edward Gallion of Gallion & Spielvogel….
At the hearing Tuesday, Charney’s lawyer, Michael Kennedy, said Grinberg had been present at the settlement meeting and had taken notes reflecting DiBlasi’s threats but that those notes had been later destroyed by Gallion. Kennedy argued this destruction could also constitute spoliation and said Gallion, a onetime Sullivan & Cromwell associate, appeared to be acting as “an agent” of the firm.
Grinberg has since retained a new counsel, Gary Ireland.
Yes, sports fans, it’s true. As we briefly observed last night, Edward Gallion is no longer on the case. We will miss his delicious prestigiousness around these parts.
Far more detailed than the NYLJ write-up was the excellent, comprehensive coverage by fellow blogger Lavi Soloway. You can access his posts here and here.
We’ll be chiming in on them shortly, after we’ve had the chance to digest them — they’re quite substantial. So check back soon!
N.Y. Judge Orders Lawyer Depositions on Charney Settlement Meeting [New York Law Journal]
What Happened to the Notes Taken at the Settlement Conference? [Soloway]
Posturing on the Slippery Slope: The “Reign of Terror” and the Appearance of a Second Hard Drive [Soloway - Continued]