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Mar 10, 2015

Venture firm Kleiner’s lawyer sharply questions ex-partner

SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 (Reuters) – A lawyer for venture
firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers peppered former partner
Ellen Pao with questions in court Tuesday afternoon, but Pao
stayed calm on the witness stand, answering with short,
measured, responses.

“You understand what humble means, Ms. Pao?” asked Lynne
Hermle, Kleiner’s lawyer.

Mar 10, 2015

Kleiner ex-partner Pao says suing was her only remaining option

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A former partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers accusing the venture-capital firm of gender discrimination testified on Tuesday that she filed her lawsuit after Kleiner failed to respond to numerous complaints.

“I had gone through every possible internal process I thought I could go through,” Ellen Pao told jurors in San Francisco Superior Court as she pressed her case which has helped spark a broad and ongoing discussion about gender in Silicon Valley.

Mar 9, 2015

Kleiner ex-partner Pao testifies in Silicon Valley bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A former partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers accusing the venture-capital firm of gender discrimination took the witness stand on Monday as her closely watched lawsuit entered a critical phase.

During the first few moments of her testimony, Ellen Pao said she wrote a memo to Kleiner management in 2012 because of “disrespect” the firm had shown toward its female employees, and because it was about to promote three male junior partners, and not women with comparable experience.

Mar 6, 2015

Venture firm Formation8 dropped from U.S. lawsuit over sexual assault

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Venture firm Formation8 was dropped as a defendant in a U.S. civil lawsuit that accused one if its co-founders, Joe Lonsdale, of sexual assault, according to a court document filed Thursday.

In the filing, attorneys for plaintiff Elise Clougherty did not explain their reasoning but said the case, filed in January, should move forward only against defendant Lonsdale, who is also a co-founder of secretive technology firm Palantir.

Mar 5, 2015

Kleiner ex-partner Pao to testify in own Silicon Valley bias case

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5 (Reuters) – Former venture capitalist
Ellen Pao could take the stand as early as Thursday in her
gender discrimination lawsuit against her previous employer
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, giving testimony that will
likely make or break the case.

Questioning Pao provides the best opportunity for each side
to clinch their arguments, but it is also extremely risky,
according to employment law attorneys following the trial.

Mar 4, 2015

Venture capitalist Doerr seeks to fend off Kleiner sexism charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Venture capitalist John Doerr on
Tuesday sought to fend off allegations of sexism at his firm,
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a gender discrimination
lawsuit targeting the firm, insisting he had been a strong
advocate for women there.

Doerr, viewed as the firm’s leader, talked up his backing of
women as both venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. But he also
had to handle questions – from whether he had denied former
Kleiner Perkins partner Ellen Pao a company board seat because
she was pregnant to whether he had said she had “a female chip
on her shoulder.”

Mar 3, 2015

Venture capitalist Doerr testifies in Kleiner sexism case

SAN FRANCISCO, March 3 (Reuters) – Venture capitalist John
Doerr on Tuesday sought to fend off allegations of sexism at his
firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in testimony in a gender
discrimination lawsuit targeting the firm.

Doerr, viewed as the firm’s leader, answered questions on
why he noted the parental status of women, not men, in business
emails, and whether he had said a male partner “needed a win” as
a reason to keep him on a key board.

Mar 3, 2015

Venture capitalist John Doerr to testify in sexism case

SAN FRANCISCO, March 3 (Reuters) – Venture capitalist John
Doerr, credited with backing Amazon.com Inc, Google Inc
and many other technology companies, is set to testify
on Tuesday in a gender discrimination trial involving his firm,
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Doerr, viewed as the firm’s leader, is likely to discuss his
treatment of former partner Ellen Pao, his chief of staff before
she joined the firm’s digital team and then suing the firm in
2012. Whether Kleiner failed to support women as much as men is
a key point of contention in the case, which has helped spark an
ongoing discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley.

Mar 3, 2015

Former HP chairman admits ‘mistake’ in sexism trial

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Onetime highflying tech executive
Ray Lane testified on Monday during a sex discrimination trial
involving his former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers,
that he made a mistake in judgment involving the harassment of a
female venture capitalist at the firm, and that he feared for
the woman’s safety.

Lane, who previously served as executive chairman of
Hewlett-Packard Co and president of Oracle Corp
, told the court he erred in not immediately informing
others that Trae Vassallo told him about unwanted advances by
her colleague, Ajit Nazre, during a 2011 business trip.

Mar 2, 2015

Former HP chairman admits ‘mistake’ in venture firm sexism trial

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 (Reuters) – Onetime highflying tech
executive Ray Lane testified on Monday during a sex
discrimination trial involving his former employer, Kleiner
Perkins Caufield & Byers, that he made a mistake in judgment
involving the harassment of a female venture capitalist at the
firm.

Lane, who previously served as executive chairman of
Hewlett-Packard Co and president of Oracle Corp
, told the court that he erred in not immediately
informing others that Trae Vassallo told him about unwanted
advances by her colleague, Ajit Nazre, during a 2011 business
trip.