As everyone knows, that's the lawsuit by Alexandra Marchuk against both her former employer law firm Faruqi & Faruqi and one of its brandname partners Juan Monteverdi. The media coverage has been juicy. That could get a whole lot better. A trial is scheduled for January 12, 2015.
During that trial both the law firm and Monteverdi could take headline-making reputational hits. Plaintiff Marchuk has already been through the reputational wringer so, hell, what does she have to lose. Her lead attorney is Harry Lipman.
As David Lat explains in Abovethelaw.com, the defendants lost big on two rulings. One was a denial for summary judgment. The other was to not allow their motion to exclude expert witness Michael Lord on damages. Those include lost earnings and odds of employability. The judge is Alvin Hellerstein (S.D.N.Y.) Here is Lat's coverage.
At this point, it seems to make business common sense for the defendants to settle, before the trial. Trials are always fine theatre. When brandnames are involved there is also the fun of watching the biggies squirm. Every facial expression is made note of by the gossipy contingent of media. Remember the "get" for media when Michael Steinberg fainted when the jury entered with a verdict.
If Faruqi & Farquqi and Monteverde want to prevent the possibilities of those kinds of moments, they will settle. That will be mucho dinero since the odds are against Marchuk ever working again, never mind practicing law.
With her dough, she can establish a foundation to support anyone, man, woman, transgender, allegedly harassed in any way at work. That could include bullying. Simultaneously Marchuk could write a book about new social contract in the workplace, much like LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman has. It's "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age." Here you can order it from Amazon.com.