Publicis Judge Calls Liberal Discovery 'Blackmail,' Plaintiffs Say

Law360, New York (May 11, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT) -- A putative class of women accusing advertising conglomerate Publicis Groupe SA of sex discrimination continued to push for the recusal of the magistrate judge overseeing discovery in their case on Thursday, saying the judge called liberal discovery from corporate defendants “blackmail.”

Despite hesitation from the employees, Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck in February approved the use of predictive coding technology during the electronic discovery process in the case, in which plaintiffs allege Publicis discriminated against female PR workers by confining them to low-level positions in its advertising...
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