During the era of #MeToo, more women are bravely stepping forward about the sexual harassment they have experienced. The Mother Jones article “She Said, He Sued: MeToo Accusers Face Defamation Suits,” focuses on LVBH client Pamela Lopez and brings needed attention to the increasing tactic of accused perpetrators launching defamation lawsuits to continue to silence their accusers.
Ms. Lopez reported sexual assault allegations against now former California State Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh. Following Ms. Lopez speaking out, many other women came forward with their own accounts of harassment or assault by Dababneh and the California Assembly conducted a full investigation that ultimately found Ms. Lopez credible and supported affirmed her complaint.
After the legislature found against him, Dababneh filed the defamation lawsuit against Ms. Lopez. LVBH partner Jean Hyams and associate Hilary Hammell represent Ms. Lopez in the lawsuit.
Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP represents women and other victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault who are courageously speaking out, as well as those who seek justice and compensation for the harm caused by perpetrators.