Murphy, Falcon & Murphy Defends Microsoft in National Class Actions


In 2001, Microsoft was sued in two separate class actions alleging systematic race and gender discrimination. These actions were filed by noted trial lawyers Johnnie Cochran and Willie Gary in Seattle, WA and Washington D.C., respectively, and claimed that Microsoft discriminated against African American and women employees in hiring, promotions, and pay.

Murphy, Falcon & Murphy was hired to defend Microsoft in both actions, and worked to convince a trial court that, in a highly competitive software marketplace, Microsoft had created a work environment where the best ideas flourished, regardless of the race or gender of their creators.

Our firm successfully defended both cases, including a dismissal with prejudice of all claims in the case filed by Willie Gary and a denial of class certification in the case brought by Johnnie Cochran and Cohen Millstein.

Read more about this case in the Seattle-based publications, Komo News and Seattle Post Intelligencer.