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;
Clients: Grigory Rodchenkov;