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Covington Secures Victory for George Mason University in Sexual Harassment Case

May 24, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP obtained summary judgment on all claims asserted by law professor Kyndra Rotunda against George Mason University. Ms. Rotunda had sued the University for sexual harassment, retaliation, pay discrimination, and constructive discharge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

After extensive discovery and just two weeks before the scheduled trial, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled from the bench that Ms. Rotunda had not presented sufficient evidence to get to a jury on any of the claims against the University. Covington partner Jeffrey Huvelle, the lead lawyer for the University, said the decision reflected a careful review of the record, which showed that "plaintiff's most provocative allegations were contradicted by her own writings."

The district court judge found that the University had investigated Ms. Rotunda's internal complaint of discrimination and issued a "dispassionate" and "thorough" report that "hit it right on the head" in concluding that there was not sex discrimination.

In addition to Mr. Huvelle, Covington associates Phyllis Jones and Lindsay Burke represented the University. All are based in the firm’s Washington office.

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