A few weeks back, a couple of lawyers scored $18 million for their client, Hanna Bouveng, who took her former boss, Ben Weng, to court for (among other things): telling her to wear provocative clothes aroudn the office, pressuring her to sleep with him, firing her for having a boyfriend, and calling her a prostitute on the internet. Now, Bouveng's attorneys have a bone of their own to pick with the guy.
Attorneys David Ratner and Benedict Morelli, who won the big jury award for their client Hanna Bouveng in June, are suing New York Global Group head Benjamin Wey for defamation, over statements he posted on the website The Blot Magazine and in other public forums. In the height slight, Wey calls Ratner a “4-foot-tall midget lawyer” who is “short on the law.” Ratner is, in fact, more than 5 feet tall. The blog also falsely claims that Ratner and partner Morelli are “crooks” who are under FBI investigation for bank fraud, according to the suit. Ratner, Morelli and two other attorneys from their firm want a judge to bar Wey from making further defamatory statements. They are also asking for $100 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages.