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Green v. Cosby

United States District Court, D. Massachusetts

December 31, 2015

TAMARA GREEN, THERESE SERIGNESE, LINDA TRAITZ, LOUISA MORITZ, BARBARA BOWMAN, JOAN TARSHIS, and ANGELA LESLIE, Plaintiffs,
v.
WILLIAM H. COSBY, JR., Defendant

          For Tamara Green, Plaintiff: Ira Sherman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Washington, DC; Joseph Cammarata, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC; Matthew W. Tievsky, LEAD ATTORNEY, CChaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC; Andrew M. Abraham, Abraham & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA.

         For Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Plaintiffs: Ira Sherman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Washington, DC; Joseph Cammarata, LEAD ATTORNEY, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC; Matthew W. Tievsky, LEAD ATTORNEY, CChaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC; Andrew M. Abraham, Abraham & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA.

         For Louisa Moritz, Plaintiff: Andrew M. Abraham, LEAD ATTORNEY, Abraham & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA; Ira Sherman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Washington, DC; Joseph Cammarata, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC.

         For Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Angela Leslie, Plaintiffs: Alexandra B. Schmit, LEAD ATTORNEY, The Bressler Firm LLC, Chicago, IL; Andrew M. Abraham, LEAD ATTORNEY, Abraham & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA; Ira Sherman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Washington, DC; Joseph Cammarata, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC; Michael A. Bressler, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, The Bressler Firm LLC, Chicago, IL.

         For William H. Cosby, Jr., Defendant: Alexander J. Merton, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Washington, DC; Christopher Tayback, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Quin Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Jeanine M. Zalduendo, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Los Angeles, CA; John J. Egan, LEAD ATTORNEY, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, PC, Springfield, MA; Marshall M. Searcy, III, William C. Price, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICE, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Monique D. Pressley, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, The Pressley Firm, Washington, DC.

         For Camille O. Cosby, Deponent: John J. Egan, LEAD ATTORNEY, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, PC, Springfield, MA; Marshall M. Searcy, III, LEAD ATTORNEY, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

         For William H. Cosby, Jr., Counter Claimant: Alexander J. Merton, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Washington, DC; Christopher Tayback, LEAD ATTORNEY, Quin Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Jeanine M. Zalduendo, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Los Angeles, CA; John J. Egan, LEAD ATTORNEY, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, PC, Springfield, MA; Marshall M. Searcy, III, LEAD ATTORNEY, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Monique D. Pressley, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, The Pressley Firm, Washington, DC; William C. Price, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

         For Barbara Bowman, Angela Leslie, Joan Tarshis, Counter Defendants: Alexandra B. Schmit, Michael A. Bressler, LEAD ATTORNEYS, The Bressler Firm LLC, Chicago, IL; Andrew M. Abraham, LEAD ATTORNEY, Abraham & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA; Ira Sherman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Washington, DC; Joseph Cammarata, LEAD ATTORNEY, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC.

         For Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Counter Defendants: Ira Sherman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Washington, DC; Joseph Cammarata, LEAD ATTORNEY, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC; Matthew W. Tievsky, LEAD ATTORNEY, CChaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC; Andrew M. Abraham, Abraham & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA.

         For Louisa Moritz, Counter Defendant: Andrew M. Abraham, LEAD ATTORNEY, Abraham & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA; Ira Sherman, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Washington, DC; Joseph Cammarata, LEAD ATTORNEY, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., Washington, DC.

         ORDER

         David H. Hennessy, United States Magistrate Judge.

         Currently pending before the court is a motion brought by Camille Cosby (" Mrs. Cosby" ), wife of defendant William H. Cosby, Jr. (" defendant" ), seeking to quash Mrs. Cosby's deposition subpoena, or in the alternative, for a protective order (Docket # 127). The motion relates to a subpoena dated December 9, 2015 directing Mrs. Cosby to testify at a deposition on January 6, 2016 in connection with the claims brought by the plaintiffs herein (see Docket # 128-2). Plaintiffs submitted an opposition on December 21, 2015 (see Docket # 130), and Mrs. Cosby filed a reply on December 30, 2015 (see Docket # 141). For the reasons set forth below, Mrs. Cosby's motion is denied in its entirety.

         Factual and Procedural Background

         This matter was initiated with the filing of plaintiff Tamara Green's complaint on December 10, 2014 (Docket # 1).[1] Since that time, six more individuals have been named as plaintiffs, and several amended complaints have been filed. Most recently, on November 13, 2015, the seven plaintiffs named herein filed the Third Amended Complaint (" TAC" ) (Docket # 109). The TAC alleges that defendant drugged and/or sexually assaulted each of the plaintiffs at various times between 1969 and 1992 (see id. at ¶ ¶ 11-27, 43-53, 58-64, 69-74, 79-83, 90-104, 109-16). Per the TAC, in or around February 2005 and again in February 2014, plaintiff Green publically disclosed defendant's alleged assault. Id. at ¶ ¶ 28, 30. Plaintiffs allege that in response to both statements, defendant " directly, and vicariously by and through his actual and/or apparent authorized representative[s], [lawyer, agent,] servant[s], and/or employee[s]" issued his own public statements denying the allegations. Id. at ¶ ¶ 29, 32. They further state that Green's accusations resurfaced in the media in late 2014, around the same time that the other six plaintiffs made public statements concerning the allegations described above. See id. at ¶ ¶ 33, 54, 65, 75, 84-86, 105, 117. Defendant allegedly responded by issuing, through individuals speaking on his behalf, a series of statements once again denying the accusations. See id. at ¶ ¶ 34, 36, 37, 40, 57.

         Defendant's responsive statements are the predicate for the instant lawsuit. Plaintiffs claim that their original accusations were accurate and as such that defendant's statements denying the accusations were false and defamatory. To this end, the TAC brings a total of twenty-eight claims sounding in defamation, invasion of privacy (false light), and intentional infliction of emotional distress. On December 14, 2015, defendant submitted his Answer to the TAC, which included counterclaims sounding in ...


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