Washington Football Team, Beth Wilkinson at odds over details of settled lawsuit

Getty Images

It appears that one of the most efficient ways to guarantee a future legal fight with Washington owner Daniel Snyder is to agree to work for him. (That’s an attempt at humor, not an assertion of fact.)

Attorney Beth Wilkinson, who was hired by Snyder last year to investigate allegations of wrongdoing within the organization, has now been accused by the team of trying to unveil confidential information via a court challenge regarding sealed information relating to a past sexual harassment lawsuit.

Via Law360.com, Wilkinson currently wants to expedite a hearing set for June 2 regarding redactions to information from a dismissed lawsuit that she believes is relevant to her investigation. She explained in a recent court filing that she has a trial in another matter that same day, and that the legal tug-of-war over the information has dragged on for too long. The team contends that an email from Wilkinson’s attorney should be regarded as a “threat” that allegedly indicates a desire to leak sealed information at the hearing.

In the email in question, Wilkinson’s attorney predicts that “any hearing on this [issue] could be a disaster for” the team.

Said the team in a court filing obtained by Law360.com, “The only ‘disaster’ that could come at the hearing would be the public release of yet additional privileged and confidential information of the team, beyond that redacted by the magistrate judge. A prior hearing, originally open to the public, had to be precipitously closed because defendant’s counsel made reference to confidential information. A recurrence of that unfortunate result would indeed qualify as a ‘disaster’ for the team.”

Wilkinson responded by explaining that the use of the term “disaster” related not to the potentially unsanctioned release of information but to the reality that, “the more the parties are forced to engage on the issues, the more the team risks that the court will find that additional material should be unredacted.”

The two sides want information from a past sexual harassment lawsuit that was settled in 2009. The Washington Post has reported that the settlement appears to be the $1.6 million deal that accused Snyder of misconduct during a flight from Las Vegas to Washington.

The NFL has assumed responsibility for the Wilkinson investigation. Last month, 106.7 The Fan reported that Wilkinson’s report makes some strong recommendations regarding Snyder. The report was later clarified, with an explanation that the report was not final.

6 responses to “Washington Football Team, Beth Wilkinson at odds over details of settled lawsuit

  1. Get Snyder gone. Total piece of garbage. He is of zero value to anyone he comes in contact with and embarasses the league by being part of it. How comy Jerry Richardson had to sell and he did less wrong?

  2. Can we just get Danny out of the league? It will be a better league without him — except of course for the WFT’s East rivals.

  3. How comy Jerry Richardson had to sell and he did less wrong?

    ———————————

    Because Richardson wasn’t the type to litigate the daylights out of everyone that crossed his path… Snyder gets away with more because he fights dirty.

  4. sounds like a bunch of FORMER WFT minority owners’ minions on here stirring the pot. sorry, Mr. snyder now owns one of the most valuable sports franchises outright. sorry haterz!

  5. So let me get this straight… A former WFT attorney wants to reveal privileged material? is she going to start an NFL blog too?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.