Allegations that Hillary Clinton’s top adviser, Mark Penn, illegally monitored the blackberry of one of his former employees have been withdrawn as part of settlement Penn struck with three additional former employees he claimed were trying to steal clients from his firm.
A spokesman for Penn’s firm Penn, Schoen & Berland, called to say the defendants “paid a substantial sum” and that the Temporary Restraining Order barring the former employees from soliciting PSB clients “has been superceded by an ongoing agreement to continue their obligation to not compete.”
Since one of the people in that agreement includes a pollster who worked on Michael Bloomberg’s mayoral campaigns, this is really good news for Mark Penn.
The official statement from
PSB the parties involved is after the jump.
Mike Berland stated that he regrets what happened and that he valued his long association with PSB. “I am very proud of the achievements of PSB and will do everything that I can to ensure its continued success now and in the future. I have great respect for the work that was done. Over the past 20 years, Mark Penn has been my mentor, colleague and friend. I regret this incident and am happy to move forward.” Markel noted that he now realizes that he had voluntarily given PSB access to the emails which they were entitled to read. Accordingly, he has dismissed his lawsuit against PSB concerning PSB’s review of his emails and he has specifically withdrawn his claim that PSB (and its employees Mark Penn, Jonathan Gardner and Merrill Raman) acted improperly in any way.