Paul Hastings Dodges Suit From Atty Who Slapped Partner

Law360, New York (September 21, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT) -- A Manhattan judge dismissed assault and defamation charges against Paul Hastings and one of its partners Wednesday, ending a lawsuit that arose from a heated deposition during which the Paul Hastings attorney was slapped in the face.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern tossed New York attorney Kenechukwu Okoli's lawsuit claiming partner Allan Bloom defamed his legal skills and then assaulted him by accidentally spitting on him during the contentious deposition. Okoli said Bloom's actions provoked him into slapping the opposing attorney.

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