Pierce Bainbridge alleges ‘litigation cleaning soap opera’ by sanctions-seeking ex-partner

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Pierce Bainbridge Beck Worth & Hecht and a fired accomplice aren’t displaying any indicators of retreat in persevering with battles over dueling lawsuits that assert completely different causes for the lawyer’s dismissal.

The legislation agency and its former accomplice, Don Lewis, final week every filed motions to dismiss fits filed by the opposite celebration, whereas Lewis can also be searching for sanctions towards his former agency, report the New York Regulation Journal and Regulation360 in tales right here and right here.

Pierce Bainbridge’s movement to dismiss claims that Lewis created a “litigation cleaning soap opera,” whereas Lewis claims in a sanctions movement that the legislation agency is engaged in a “scorched-earth retaliatory marketing campaign” towards him.

Lewis filed the primary swimsuit in Manhattan state courtroom Could 15, alleging that he was fired in retaliation for his data of monetary improprieties by the agency. Pierce Bainbridge filed its personal swimsuit the identical day in Los Angeles state courtroom claiming that Lewis tried to extort it for $65 million by threatening litigation and couching his calls for as a settlement. The swimsuit additionally claims defamation by Lewis.

The legislation agency claims that Lewis was positioned on go away in October 2018 due to an allegation of sexual impropriety and was fired the subsequent month after he allegedly tried to hinder the investigation. Lewis counters that the sexual allegation was fabricated and supposed to counter his allegations of dysfunction and monetary improprieties on the legislation agency. He additionally says the legislation agency’s declare that he made a $65 million settlement demand isn’t true.

Lewis filed a brand new criticism July 26 for defamation that alleged that Pierce Bainbridge was attempting to destroy Lewis’ profession and repute by submitting “outright lies in courtroom filings” and publishing “heinous and racist defamatory falsehoods.”

The Sept. 5 movement to dismiss by Pierce Bainbridge alleges that Lewis “has turned a fundamental employment case right into a vexatious litter of far-fetched and incomprehensible allegations unfold over two convoluted lawsuits.”

“This case continues the vainglorious litigation cleaning soap opera produced and directed by plaintiff Donald Lewis,” the Pierce Bainbridge movement says.

Pierce Bainbridge says it filed the California lawsuit to guard its repute and financial livelihood, and Lewis is focusing on feedback within the California swimsuit that “are entitled to full immunity below bedrock, black letter legislation.” Feedback by managing accomplice John Pierce are equally privileged, Pierce Bainbridge says.

In his movement for sanctions, Lewis counters that Pierce Bainbridge’s California swimsuit was a “baseless and retaliatory sham motion” that was primarily based on “demonstrable falsehoods” and filed to defame him. Lewis contends that the legislation agency enlisted an worker to manufacture false accusations of sexual misconduct, employed a legislation agency to conduct a sham investigation, and continued a “charade of settlement negotiations” so Lewis would withdraw his Could 15 swimsuit.

Lewis did withdraw the swimsuit—and Pierce Bainbridge filed the California swimsuit hours later. Lewis alleges that Pierce Bainbridge wished to shortly file the swimsuit to “mute the impression” of his allegations. Lewis refiled his swimsuit.

Lewis’ movement to dismiss Pierce Bainbridge’s California swimsuit says there was one other lawsuit, “covertly” filed below seal by Pierce Bainbridge in New York on Could 15, that’s “primarily based on the identical nucleus of information” because the California swimsuit. The swimsuit sought an injunction to bar Lewis from submitting his swimsuit, in line with Lewis’ courtroom filings. Lewis says he wasn’t notified of Pierce Bainbridge’s New York swimsuit, which was withdrawn Aug. 21.

Lewis alleges that the New York swimsuit incorporates false statements in sworn affidavits from two Pierce Bainbridge companions.

Lewis says he has written to the choose in Pierce Bainbridge’s withdrawn New York case searching for the unsealing of the information. Lewis says within the letter that the sealed information had been publicized within the California case, and the “genie is out of the bottle.”