Former security guard replies to lawsuit

Former security guard replies to lawsuit

Russell J. Novello, the former Next House security guard who is being sued by Wolfe B. Styke G, submitted his response to the lawsuit last week on Tuesday. Novello was the security guard who provided Anna L. Tang access to Styke’s room, which enabled her to stab Styke in his sleep in October 2007.

Styke is suing both MIT and Novello. Novello’s reply is almost a word-for-word copy of MIT’s reply, with the exception of not claiming to be immune by virtue of being a charity.

The replies are essentially a formality. The the lawsuit will now proceed to discovery, when subpoenas may be issued for fact-finding and depositions may be taken, among other procedures. There may also be the opportunity for settlement.

John A. Hawkinson

Robert E. Malchman almost 12 years ago

Are MIT and Novello represented by the same counsel? It would be interesting to know if they are certainly pursuing a joint legal strategy (as would be the case if they have the same counsel) or whether it might diverge at some point (if they have separate counsel).

John A. Hawkinson almost 12 years ago

Hello, Robert:

I've posted the two lawsuit responses in the Related Content section on the upper-right side of this page.

They are not represented by the same counsel: MIT is represented by Anthony M. Feeherry of Goodwin Procter LLP. Novello is represented by Daniel P. Dain of Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy and Garner, P.C.