A Bizarre Bill Cosby Twist

By Richard Horgan Comment

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Earlier this month, attorneys for Bill Cosby filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Manhattan seeking to obtain notes and recordings related to New York magazine’s big July 27, 2015 issue cover story profiling a majority of the entertainer’s accusers. Cosby has filed a defamation lawsuit in Massachusetts against seven accusers, and it is in support of that litigation that he is seeking the information from New York magazine.

But here’s one way to really muck up such a federal court request: fail to complete the proper paperwork. According to a report at the end of this past week by Courthouse News Service contributor Joshua Russell, Cosby’s team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has failed to reply to a request for docket comment and fill out the electronically filed request:

Cosby’s incomplete March 10 filing did not sit well with the Southern District of New York, which posted a note on the docket for Cosby’s attorneys.

Saying Quinn Emanuel attorney Kevin Reed failed to comply with e-filing rules, the court directed the firm to email PDFs for its three docket entries: a motion to compel; a declaration in support of that motion by attorney Marshall Searcy III; and a memorandum of law in support of that motion.

One week later, the docket remains incomplete.

Should all this be taken care of, New York magazine PR director Lauren Starke told Russell the publication plans to vigorously oppose the subpeona, citing Reporter’s Privilege.

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