Kurin v. Balter update: Judge appoints mediator in the case. Parties will talk, but keep on litigating.

The Mediator's Chamber at Ryswick (1697)/ Jan Van Vianen - Gallica notice FRBNF41505295.


The painting above, by the Dutch artist Jan Van Vianen, depicts the peace talks held in the Dutch city of Ryswick (now usually spelled Rijswijk), between France on the one side and the Grand Alliance of England, Spain, Austria, and the Dutch Republic on the other. They put an end to the Nine Years' War between the combatants.

On February 19, Judge Vincent Briccetti of the Southern District of New York, White Plains Branch, ordered the parties in University of California, Santa Barbara archaeologist Danielle Kurin's defamation suit against me to begin mediation in good faith. While the talks--which are strictly confidential per the court rules--will be held on April 8 by Zoom and not in the kind of ornate mediation chamber pictured above, the sentiments on both sides of this lawsuit may well be just as intense as they were in Ryswick (the public docket of the case, where most major developments are posted, can be found at this link.

The scheduled mediation does not stop the clock on the case. We have to continue forward now on two tracks: (1) Attempting to resolve the case through the mediation and (2) continuing discovery and meeting the case deadlines ordered by the Court.

As followers of this blog know, last June Kurin sued me for $18 million in damages for allegedly defaming her in a series of reports about her misconduct, as documented by her university, an archaeology field school, and students.

The case has taken a number of twists and turns, which can be followed by consulting previous posts on this blog. But Judge Briccetti ordered the parties to prepare a joint letter by February 19 about attempts to settle the case, and whether the court might be able to assist in settlement. In that joint letter, both parties agreed that the court might be able to help, and thus the judge appointed a mediator.

We have no way of knowing at this point whether the mediation will result in an agreement. But as we prepare for the mediation and continue with discovery, which is very expensive, I would urge all of those concerned about the key issues in the case--the right of survivors to tell their stories without fear of retaliation, and freedom of the press for journalists to report the truth without fear of lawsuits--to contribute to the legal defense fund. By doing so, you will also receive regular updates on the case.

Thank you, and more news soon.

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Anonymous said…
Knock on wood with fingers crossed. Special shout out to your dedicated legal team at Baker Hostetler and all those sisters-(and brothers)-in-arms who donated to this consequential cause. When all is said and done, I suspect this will become a beacon to all those survivors who were intimidated into silence by their abusers and the depraved systems that enable them.
Anonymous said…
Please, can you repost the link to the public docket? It takes you to a login page
and i remember before I could see the breakdown of motions and dates.
Michael Balter said…
Try this service for the docket, I don't think it requires a login or has a login page:


I think CourtListener is also a free service.
Anonymous said…
https://aftpoc.org/who-we-are. A bizarre organization recently started by Danielle Kurin. They are trying to get non profit status to receive tax deductible donations. The terms and conditions look copied and pasted from elsewhere because they refer to yoga classes. Is this a scheme to launder money for Kurin’s legal fees? There are plenty of rich people who would dearly love to see Balter fall and this would be a way to cover their tracks. Reminds me of when BethAnn started MeTooStem to launder money to pay for her lawyer in the ongoing defamation case against her by Galli...
Anonymous said…
I’ve never seen anything more absurd than Kurin’s new (pending) Non-Profit. Don’t know where to start…. The fact that the familia present themselves as “crisis management experts”, just because they managed Danielle’s crises for decades… Or that their services include “bring lawsuits for defamation, emotional distress, anti-harassment, and interference with your business”, when even the lawyer sister doesn’t specialize in any of these… Or the audacity to ask people to donate, while her wealthy papa is the Chief Donations Officer… or those ridiculous stock photos again…
But if you are, like me, utterly baffled by all this, you can simply email your questions to "Hello@AuthenticYogaStudios.com" (scroll to the bottom of “Terms and Conditions”). Don’t worry, because they “do not sell, rent, or share your personal information to or with third parties without your explicit consent” (with the exception of the good people at AuthenticYogaStudios.com). Oh DK and her classic attention to detail.
Finally, “You can relax, and know that a team of experts has got your back.”
Anonymous said…
I have to side with commenter #1 on this one. This is TOO bad for it to be a legitimate website, even for DK’s editorial standards. The first giveaway are these who-we-are headshots that were harvested from the topmost results on google images. Then there’s the c/p yoga T&C. Whoever it was, they clearly didn’t spend more than a five minutes on putting this together.
On the other hand, if this site WAS built or commissioned by Kurin, it would qualify as the first case I’ve ever seen of self-cyberbullying.
Anonymous said…
Now someone deleted all the tabs and the homepage just says “Coming Soon.” Nice to know that Kurin starts her mornings by reading our comments on Balter’s blog.
Anonymous said…

Or she sued the web designer for defamation, emotional distress, anti-harassment, and interference with her business
Anonymous said…
If this is legit and she appointed herself as CEO for a 501c3 that is currently fund-raising, it insinuates she didn’t get tenure. Can’t see how she can do both.