On Tuesday, a district court judge rejected a proposed group agreement in disputes filed by Harvey Weinstein's victim.
Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the New York District Court of New York issued a brief statement denying a proposal for the provisional approval of the proposed settlement.
Judge Hellerstein said that he will follow his order with a decision on the memorandum describing the reasons for the decision, according to the latest legal developments Louisette Geiss et al., Individually and on behalf of everyone else in a similar way v. The Weinstein Co. Holdings, LLC, et al .; Jill Doe, individually and on behalf of all others in a similar manner, v. The Weinstein Co. Holdings, LLC, et al.
Two appellate law firms in the Weinstein trial had filed objections in federal court on Monday for preliminary approval of the proposed class settlement.
A jury found the former filmmaker guilty of rape and sexual assault in March, and he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Lawyers for New York-based plaintiffs Wigdor LP and the law firm of Kevin Mintzer PC, who had filed objections to the settlement, said in a statement, "We have said for over a year and a half that the terms of the settlement were unfair and that they would never be imposed on survivors of sexual abuse.
"We were surprised that the class attorney and the New York Attorney General did not acknowledge this fact but are pleased that Judge Hellerstein quickly rejected the unilateral proposal. On behalf of our customers, we look forward to doing justice to Harvey Weinstein and his many potential associates. "
Class Attorneys at the Trial, Elizabeth A. Fegan of FeganScott LLC In Chicago and Steve W. Berman, Director of the Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP in Seattle, said in a statement,
" We were disappointed with the judge's decision this morning. We have long argued that we needed to find justice for all the women that Weinstein prepared in a fair and just way.
"Now we must turn our attention to processing our clients' individual cases. We will also try to appeal an earlier court decision that excused the board of directors of the Weinstein Company, which we claim had known of Weinstein's conduct and did nothing to stop it. We believe they should be held accountable for their silence and passivity.
"The brave women who stood up to Weinstein and submitted this measure deserve our admiration, and we will continue to fight on their behalf."
A lawyer for Weinstein had no comment.