Rusty Hardin says one of the lawsuits against Deshaun Watson has been dismissed

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The effort to force all persons suing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to attach their names to their complaints apparently has achieved the intended goal, as to one of the 22 plaintiffs.

Lawyer Rusty Hardin says that one of the plaintiffs has dismissed her case.

“We believe we have names for 20 of the 22 lawsuits,” Hardin told Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. “We’ve got one dismissed and we’re looking for one [name].”

It’s unknown why one of the cases was dismissed, but it’s fair to surmise that the person who dismissed the case chose walking away over disclosing her name and potentially turning her life upside down. It’s also possible, but not likely, that the case was resolved via settlement.

The other interesting wrinkle here is that Hardin has opted to become a scoop merchant, telling only one reporter one specific piece of information in a not-so-subtle effort to nudge the coverage Hardin’s by helping reporters do their jobs and secure broader credit and acknowledgement for securing information. Issuing a general statement to a broader list of reporters gives no one credit for any specific development. Developing a short list of reporters to whom Hardin will selectively give information subtly recruits those reporters to refrain from expressing any criticism of the lawyer’s tactics or the merits of his client’s case.

UPDATE 10:43 a.m. ET: Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the case was not settled.

10 responses to “Rusty Hardin says one of the lawsuits against Deshaun Watson has been dismissed

  1. 1. It could be due to fear of having her name exposed and potential harassment

    2. it could have bene settled

    3. the person could have bene trying to extort money and realized it wasn’t going to work.

    4. Hardin is using the same tactics Buzzbee did. He owes his client his full ability to defend him, and you can complain about that.

    We can speculate but We will never know.

  2. Yea, that strategy might work and some will drop out. The risk you run is ticking off others who may not have come forward before, for whatever reason, and will now take a “I’ll show you approach”. It can be amazing what people will do when they are challenged. We should all keep in mind that this Rusty Hardin is the same one who swore Roger Clemens was innocent.

  3. That fact that 20 out of 22 women are willing to disclose their names and deal with potential harassment means something. If you haven’t already come to the conclusion that Watson is a creep than you are as delusional as he is. Shoot his lawyer has even said that “consensual” things did happen. Right there should be enough to tell you he had other intentions than messages. Anyone still defending him seriously need to reevaluate their priorities.

  4. If the lawyer for these women originally approached them telling them they could remain anonymous and still get in on a large out of court settlement, some might start to re-think things now that the case has gone in a different direction than advertised. That’s a possibility.

  5. So one case was dropped out of 22? That still means there are 21 lawsuits pending. And from Buzbee’s presser yesterday evening, the rest won’t be backing down. At least 11 of the women were ready to put their name out there as of last Friday. His presser indicates that 21 of them are now willing with the comment ” be careful what you wish for “

  6. Wasn’t it just a month or so ago the Texans could have gotten 3 first round picks, players and bag of chips for Watson? How quickly the world changes…

  7. It is extremely unlikely that Deshaun Watson would settle with a plaintiff who refuses to disclose her name because she has no bargaining power, since her real name is necessary to refile the suit. Without a suit, there is no reason for Watson to settle with that particular person. Besides, even if he settles with all of the plaintiffs, he would still be suspended by the NFL, since the NFL does not require any proof of misconduct to discipline players. Just the possibility of bad behavior is enough.

  8. I wonder if the case was “dismissed” or if the person withdrew, so they wouldn’t have to disclose their identity.

    If it was dismissed, who dismissed it?

  9. Alternative headline:

    Tony Buzbee says 20 lawsuits against Deshaun Watson are moving forward.

  10. Wasn’t it just a month or so ago the Texans could have gotten 3 first round picks, players and bag of chips for Watson?

    Now they’ll be hard pressed to get the bag of chips. Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve but man, hindsight is blinding for management.

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