Most ridiculous lawsuits: Lawyer who slapped Paul Hastings partner loses case against firm

NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) – A lawsuit over a contentious deposition last year that ended with a Paul Hastings partner being slapped in the face by his opposing counsel has been dismissed.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern ruled Wednesday that New York attorney Kenechukwu Okoli could not pursue slander and civil assault claims against Paul Hastings and the partner he slapped, Allan Bloom.

Okoli had claimed in the lawsuit, filed in May, that he was provoked into slapping Bloom after Bloom allegedly wagged his finger at him and accidentally spat on him while yelling at him during a deposition in an employment discrimination lawsuit against Marsh USA, Inc.

Earlier in the disposition, Bloom called Okoli, who represented former Marsh employee Gisela Brooks, “uncivilized, ignorant and incompetent,” the complaint said.

Paul Hastings in court papers said Bloom’s statements were made in the “heat-of-the-moment” following provocation by Okoli, who repeatedly told Bloom to “keep his mouth shut.”

Following the slap, Kings County Justice Nancy Saitta, who presides over the Marsh case, ordered all future depositions to take place at Paul Hastings’ offices and be videotaped at Okoli’s expense ...

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