Saturday, February 14

Confidentially Breached in Mediation

We used to trumpet litigation wins in firm advertising, now we do the same with mediation??

The mediation; Facebook Reportedly Near Accord Over Origin

A federal judge in California ordered the parties into mediation last year. The person briefed on the settlement negotiations, who declined to be identified because the deal was not yet completed, said motions to dismiss the case against Facebook were expected “within weeks”...[read more]

The breach; Lawyers Spill Value of Confidential Mediation Settlement

Lawyers in the heavyweight fight [ConnectU/Facebook]had expended great effort to keep the settlement secret -- even going as far as persuading a judge to clear the courtroom of reporters on one occasion. But ConnectU's former lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges published the settlement amount in a firm advertisement trumpeting the firm's prowess.

"WON $65 million settlement against Facebook" appears, along with dozens of other Quinn outcomes from last year, in the firm's January business litigation newsletter...[read more]

Lawyer and client are now in arbitration with $13m fees in issue. ARBITRATION!

Hat tip ABA Journal

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