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Nov/07

General Steel v. Hogan & Hartson


WSJ.COM: “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Dissatisfied Hogan & Hartson Client“:
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General Steel sued its former law firm Hogan & Hartson alleging breach of contract and other causes. Hogan & Hartson moved to dismiss General Steel’s complaint. During settlement discussions, General Steel threatened to run a ‘shock and awe’ campaign against it. Hogan brought the pending ad campagin to the attention of the court by moving for an extraordinary hearing in regard to its motion to dismiss.
The hearing apparently had no effect on the campaign, which is now running in, among other places, the NY Times. However the motion papers are an interesting discussion of (1) when the content of settlement discussions can be brought to a court’s attention; and (2) the proprietary of a party’s speech during a pending proceeding.

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