The firm denies Walk's claim that partner Marc Kasowitz failed to vigorously defend the former Republic Records head against sexual harassment allegations.
New York attorney Marc Kasowitz and his New York firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres is demanding that its onetime client, former Republic Records president Charlie Walk, immediately dismiss his “frivolous” $60 million malpractice suit.
Walk sued Kasowitz and the firm on March 25 in New York Supreme Court, blaming them for causing him to lose his $3.5 million dollar a year job at Universal Music Group by, he claims, failing to vigorously defend him when he was accused of an old allegation of sexual harassment that occurred during his tenure at Sony. In the complaint, Walk alleged that Kasowitz “botched representation” during his departure from UMG, leading to “catastrophic results” on his career.
In response, Daniel Benson, an attorney at the Kasowitz firm, dispatched a terse letter to Walk and his attorneys advising them to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit by 5:30 p.m. on April 27. If the suit isn’t dismissed by that deadline, the letter says the firm will pursue sanctions and ask the court to award them attorney fees and other costs incurred in defending themselves from the “frivolous” lawsuit. The letter contends that Walk's complaint is not only without any merit, but was “undertaken primarily to harass or injure Kasowitz."