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Mar 24, 2015

Kleiner run “like a boys club,” Pao attorney tells jurors

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24 (Reuters) – A former partner at
venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was judged
by a different standard than male colleagues, her attorney told
jurors on Tuesday, as a landmark Silicon Valley sex bias case
entered its final stages.

During closing arguments in San Francisco Superior Court,
plaintiff Ellen Pao’s attorney Alan Exelrod said men ran Kleiner
Perkins and “no woman was going to challenge them.”

Mar 24, 2015

Silicon Valley gender lawsuit heads to closing arguments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A landmark Silicon Valley sex bias case that has forced venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to air awkward details about its operations goes to closing arguments on Tuesday after four weeks of testimony.

That will pave the way for a California jury to deliberate claims by former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao that have helped spark a broad discussion about sexism in the notoriously clubby tech start-up scene.

Mar 21, 2015

Former partner can pursue punitive damages against venture firm Kleiner

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A judge in a high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit will allow a former partner at venture firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers to seek punitive damages, adding to the potential pricetag for the firm if it loses the case.

In his ruling Saturday, San Francisco-based Judge Harold Kahn wrote that former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao could ask a jury for punitive damages, which could run into the tens of millions of dollars or more. First, however, she must convince the jury that the firm engaged in intentional gender discrimination and retaliation, and that the firm acted with malice.

Mar 20, 2015

Silicon Valley VC denies calling Kleiner partner ‘sex addict’

SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 (Reuters) – Kleiner Perkins Caufield
& Byers partner and Silicon Valley socialite Juliet de Baubigny
took the stand Friday in a gender discrimination case against
the venture firm and said she never referred to a male partner
in the suit as a “sex addict.”

The testimony comes in week four of the trial, which pits a
former Kleiner partner, Ellen Pao, against the storied
venture-capital firm. The lawsuit, which Pao filed in 2012, has
helped spark a broad, ongoing discussion about sexism in Silicon
Valley.

Mar 20, 2015

Silicon Valley socialite denies calling Kleiner partner ‘sex addict’

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner and Silicon Valley socialite Juliet de Baubigny took the stand Friday in a gender discrimination case against the venture firm and said she never referred to a male partner mentioned in the suit as a “sex addict.”

The testimony comes in week four of the trial, which pits a former Kleiner partner, Ellen Pao, against the storied venture-capital firm. The lawsuit, which Pao filed in 2012, has helped spark a broad and ongoing discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley.

Mar 16, 2015

Rand Paul woos donors and hackers at tech conference

By Sarah McBride

AUSTIN, Tx. (Reuters) – As his likely rivals spent the weekend shaking hands in New Hampshire, potential Republican candidate Rand Paul flew to Texas to court the software developers and entrepreneurs who are likely to play a central role in the 2016 election.

The libertarian-leaning Kentucky Senator tweeted, Snapchatted and Instagrammed his way through the South by Southwest Interactive conference as he sought to make inroads among an independent-minded crowd that could serve as an important source of money, votes and programming talent for his expected presidential bid.

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.