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23 Apr 2015

Deborah Gage & Jeff Elder, Wall Street Journal

USA: Kleiner Perkins seeks legal fees from plaintiff in failed gender discrimination case

"Kleiner Perkins Is Seeking Nearly $1 Million in Legal Fees From Ellen Pao", 23 Apr 2015

Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed legal paperwork Wednesday seeking $972,814 in legal costs from Ellen Pao, the former partner who recently lost a high-profile sex-discrimination case against the firm. In its filing, Kleiner also revealed it offered to settle the case with Pao before it went to trial, offering her almost $1 million, but it said Pao’s lawyers didn’t respond. Kleiner Perkins said it would waive its attempt to recover legal costs from Pao if she agrees not to pursue an appeal in her gender discrimination case against the firm. “We believe that women in technology would be best served by having all parties focus on making progress on the issues of gender diversity outside of continued litigation,” Kleiner Perkins said in a statement.