Grigory Rodchenkov v. Olga Zaytseva, Yana Romanova, Olga Vilukhina et al.


Patterson Belknap attorneys, along with co-counsel Jim Walden of Walden Macht & Haran LLP, filed a lawsuit in New York state court on behalf of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower in Russia’s 2014 Olympic doping scheme.

The case is a countersuit to the libel lawsuit three athletes filed previously against Dr. Rodchenkov. A motion to dismiss that lawsuit was also filed today.

Today’s complaint alleges that the libel lawsuit is an improper and unlawful form of harassment under New York State’s anti-SLAPP law. That law prevents individuals from intimidating those who are exercising their First Amendment rights through the court system.

Patterson Belknap advised Dr. Rodchenkov with a team including Gregory L. Diskant (Picture), Derek Borchardt, Elena Steiger Reich and Julia Stepanova.

Walden Macht & Haran LLP advised Dr. Rodchenkov with a team led by Jim Walden.

Involved fees earner: Jim Walden – Walden Macht & Haran LLP; Gregory Diskant – Patterson Belknap; Elena Steiger Reich – Patterson Belknap; Julia Stepanova – Patterson Belknap; Derek Borchardt – Patterson Belknap;

Law Firms: Walden Macht & Haran LLP; Patterson Belknap;

Clients: Grigory Rodchenkov;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti