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Sullivan & Cromwell Can’t Get Bias Suit Tossed

Posted May 1, 2007 7:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Manhattan judge has rebuffed Sullivan & Cromwell’s effort to dismiss a sexual orientation suit filed against it.

Judge Bernard Fried struck the complaint filed by former associate Aaron Charney, but said he could refile, the New York Law Journal reports. Charney claims the law firm discriminated against him because he is gay.

Sullivan & Cromwell had contended Charney’s complaint contained confidential information about clients and client matters. But Fried said similar information was disclosed on the law firm Web site and in press releases.

However, the judge said the partnership agreement that Charney attached to his complaint was irrelevant and saw problems with other claims in the complaint, the legal newspaper reports. He also dismissed a counterclaim by the law firm for breach of fiduciary duty but permitted its breach of contract and conversion claims.

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