Former WSJ writer puts an end to Dechert’s case with an Indian hacker


Jay Solomon, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has stopped his lawsuit against Dechert LLP and two of its former partners. He said in a filing that was made public late on Monday that he was dropping his claims against the law firm on his own.

Solomon sued Dechert and a few other people last year, saying that the Philadelphia firm worked with hackers from India to steal emails between him and one of his most important sources. Solomon said that the messages were later passed around in an attempt to get him fired from the Journal, and that the plan worked.

It’s not clear if Solomon and Dechert, who had denied Solomon’s claims, came to a deal.

The lawyers at Dechert didn’t answer texts. Solomon, who now works as an editor for the news website Semafor, sent questions to his lawyers, who refused to comment.

Neil Gerrard’s former lawyer at Dechert refused to say anything. Representatives for the other accused in the ongoing lawsuit didn’t respond to messages.

Dechert still has to deal with other claims about paying Indian hackers to win cases, such as a lawsuit filed in New York last year by Farhad Azima, who used to be Solomon’s source.