SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28 LAWFUEL – Law News, Litigation News — The following statement was
issued today by James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, lead counsel for Patricia Dunn in response to media and other inquiries:
Yesterday, a man named Tom Perkins attacked my client. He did so
unfairly. He did so falsely when he knows she cannot answer him. The case
brought by the former Attorney General at the insistence of Tom Perkins is pending in Santa Clara Superior Court. Mr. Perkins generated an attack on Patricia Dunn, hired lawyers, hired a public relations firm and all because his colleague on the Hewlett Packard board was found to be leaking information.
Now he is attempting to further prejudice the public against
Patricia Dunn. As Mr. Perkins and his lawyers know, because the case is
pending, Patricia Dunn cannot answer Mr. Perkins’ gratuitous attack. Mr.
Perkins himself is a witness in the case. He will be sworn. He will be
examined, and he will be impeached.
Mr. Perkins has rewritten the history of the Hewlett Packard board and attacked its competence. Others closer to that company can stand up and be counted if they wish. He has suggested that he alone cares about a profit.
Rarely has a prominent businessman uttered such an immediate self-refuting statement. Hewlett Packard is Hewlett Packard and it seems to be getting along quite well without Mr. Perkins.
I am sorry that Patricia Dunn must endure Mr. Perkins’ cowardly
attacks, but he has made the biggest mistake of his career. He is a bully, and he is bullying the wrong people.
If Mr. Perkins truly wishes to have a public dialogue on these issues, he should join in the chorus of people who have urged that the criminal case against Ms. Dunn be dropped. In that event, Ms. Dunn would be free to respond personally to Mr. Perkins’ attacks.
Finally, all of this was done, in part at least, to promote a book that
he has coming out in October. He says he has a chapter in it on Hewlett
Packard. When he gets to court, he will be cross-examined on every word.