A lawsuit against Patton Boggs that made headlines for its description of a firm with a purported drinking culture has ended, according to recent court filings. The plaintiff, a former business development coordinator at the firm, dropped her claims against the firm in January and settled claims against a former firm employee last week.
The terms of last week's settlement between the plaintiff Kristine Colombo and a former employee in the Patton Boggs' information technology department are confidential. In January, Colombo voluntarily dropped her claims against the firm, with each side agreeing to cover their own fees and costs.
In a complaint filed last April in District of Columbia Superior Court, Colombo claimed that the male IT employee assaulted her and made inappropriate comments during a firm-sponsored happy hour event in the office informally known as "Third Thursdays." She said the firm's culture included frequent social events where attorneys and staff would drink, a claim that the firm denied in its answer to her complaint.