Judge awards no damages in Rosie case
November 13, 2003
After an intense two week trial followed by the media nationwide, Justice Ira Gammerman of State Supreme Court in Manhattan declared Wednesday (November 12) that Gruner + Jahr’s lawsuit against Rosie O’Donnell seeking $100 million in damages was "very ill-conceived." The ruling was a major victory for Rosie O’Donnell and the Debevoise & Plimpton team, led by Lorna Schofield, Matt Fishbein and Mary Jo White.
In their statements to the press, Lorna and Matt said, "This ruling is a major victory. When your client is sued for $100 million and you don’t have to pay a penny of it, it doesn’t get any better than that." Immediately following the close of evidence, Judge Gammerman commented that he was not convinced the magazine would have been profitable, and therefore would not award any money damages to Gruner + Jahr or to Rosie O’Donnell on her counterclaims. However, she still has a claim for attorneys fees to litigate. The judge will be ruling on the liability issues in the case after the final written submissions by both sides on December 17.
Addressing the national press outside the courthouse, Rosie O’Donnell thanked her lawyers at Debevoise & Plimpton, saying "If you are ever sued for $100 million, I highly recommend them. They are incredibly good lawyers and they are incredibly ethical people."