Deidre Dare triumphs against A&O in New York Supreme Court...
13 April 2012
RollOnFriday's favourite lawyer turned dodgy poet Deidre Dare (aka Deidre Clark) has defeated her old firm Allen & Overy
's attempts to get her wrongful termination and sexual discrimination claim thrown out of the New York courts.
Dare has been a persistent fly in A&O's ointment since 2009 when the firm discovered she was publishing tales of her sexual conquests, as well as dubious poetry and fruity self-portraits, on her website. For those interested in pictures of senior associates in their pants, it's deirdredare.com
. When she refused to stop, she was sacked by A&O from its Moscow office.
Dare, who became something of a sensation in Moscow after using a newspaper column to convey her love of whipping
, then sued her former firm for £3.5m
, claiming unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination. But her case was chucked out of London on jurisdictional grounds. So she took her grievances, which now include "intentional infliction of emotional distress
" and "conspiracy
", to the New York courts, ramping up the amount claimed to $35m
A&O tried again to have Dare's case kicked out for lack of jurisdiction, but this time to no avail. A 12-page decision
handed down by the New York Supreme Court rejected the firm's motion to dismiss the
complaint, giving Dare the green light to continue to pursue A&O through the NY courts. And also to upload a bizarre little video of her dancing alone in her flat to Coldplay.
A spokesman for A&O said (somewhat wearily) "We have always been
entirely satisfied that the termination of Ms Clark’s employment was
justified and lawful. We remain committed to defending Ms Clark’s claim
". Whilst Dare told Above the Law
"I won against Allen & Overy! Isn’t it amazing?