NFL investigation of Washington Soccer Team uncovers private settlement
By Beth Reinhard, Liz Clarke and Will Hobson
The NFL’s investigation into allegations of office sexual harassment at the Washington Football Crew has uncovered a confidential settlement from a ten years back, courtroom documents demonstrate, and an emergency motion submitted Monday mentioned staff owner Daniel Snyder plans to intervene in a authorized dispute about which information surrounding the settlement can grow to be general public.
The identify of the complainant in the settlement, that person’s task and the mother nature of the allegations have not been manufactured community, but the out there records show law firm Beth Wilkinson, who is foremost the league’s probe into the team’s office, encountering resistance from the team’s previous attorney.
David P. Donovan, who served as the team’s common counsel from 2005 to 2011, sued Wilkinson final month in federal courtroom in Virginia to cease her from disclosing info pertaining to a 2009 confidential arrangement to which Donovan is a occasion. In the suit filed Nov. 9, Donovan sought to retain private all court docket documents, including any general public detect of the lawsuit itself, arguing that creating the proceedings public would “undermine public assurance in the enforceability of private agreements in between private events.” That ask for was denied Nov. 17.
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