A lawyer for a man who claims his former law firm negligently covered up sexual assaults and retaliation against him filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, arguing that he should not be awarded damages and calling the case a “witch hunt.”
Lawyer Mark A. Schmuck filed the lawsuit in federal court in New York City, saying that his clients are entitled to compensatory and punitive damages.
Schmuck, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump, was a defendant in a class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York, claiming that his former firm, Perkins Coie, negligently violated the state’s False Claims Act by failing to report to victims of sexual assault the identity of their alleged attackers.
Schwampf is suing Perkins Coia, as well as former Perkins Coies attorneys, and former attorneys general in the states of Florida, California and New York.
Schrems lawyer, Matthew Stoll, said in a statement that the lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Manhattan, and was “not an attempt to litigate an appeal from a dismissal of the lawsuit.”
The lawsuit contends that Perkins Coys failure to provide victim-identification information to the state of New Mexico resulted in “incredibly high numbers of rapes” at the law firm.
Schumuck is seeking $25 million in damages for his clients and $3 million in punitive damages, Stoll said.
Schuestuck’s lawyers said they will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which would likely include the New York State Supreme Court.
Schweinsteins lawyer, David C. Lutz, said the lawsuit “is a blatant attempt to defame Mark Schmucks reputation, which has been severely damaged by the allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation that have been made against him.”
Lutz, who represented Schmicks ex-law partner at Perkins Coy in the defamation lawsuit, also said that the law firms failure to notify victims of allegations against him was “a clear violation of the False Claims act, which requires all attorneys to notify the public and the court when a client is in a defamation suit, even if the lawsuit is dismissed.”
Schmucks office declined to comment on the lawsuit.
A spokesman for the Perkins Cois attorney general, Richard Cordray, said, “The law firm has a duty to protect the client, the client’s family, and the public.”
Schreindl was hired by Perkins Cojncia in 2010 and was a partner in the firm for five years before stepping down in March 2018.
He had been an attorney at Perkins for nine years before joining Schmooks firm.
He is currently representing his brother, former Attorney General of New Jersey, who is accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a female client in the 1980s.
SchMuck is also represented by Mark O. Beck, a partner at the New Jersey law firm Beck & Garrison.
Schmittl is represented by Paul B. Stolz, who also represented Schmoucks ex-wife, Barbara Schmock, in a 2016 defamation lawsuit against him.
Schlumpf and Schmittl have filed lawsuits against a number of defendants, including former Perkins coies co-founder and president Donald Trump.
Schmoucks office released a statement saying that “the lawsuit filed today is simply a legal attempt to avoid a trial in the first place.”
Schmittler said that he plans to “use this as a last resort to prevent this baseless lawsuit from ever going forward.”