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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PD/Cleveland Orchestra Catfight: Docket Watch Edition

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM

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  • This number is entitled "Hissy Fit With Baton In D-Major"

Three weeks ago, Scene writer Mike Gill wrote about Plain Dealer critic Donald Rosenberg’s apparent dislike of Cleveland Orchestra Conductor Franz Welser-Möst and their mutual love of making a big ugly scene out of it. Rosenberg has sued the orchestra and The PD, and is considering a suit against the lady who dusts his cubicle.

The judge has sealed all documents related to the case, but motions from all parties continue to fly — a dozen new ones in the three weeks since “The Orchestra Pit” ran in these pages.

Nobody involved is talking, and it’s hard to know exactly what’s new because all the filings are now sealed. But a May 7 submission from PD Editor Susan Goldberg accurately captures the overall spirit of bitchiness. Her motion was eloquently titled “Opposition to [Rosenberg’s] reply to [Goldberg’s] opposition to [Rosenberg’s] motion to compel [Goldberg] to make discovery with respect to [Rosenberg’s] second supplemental request for production of documents.” (References to “plaintiff” and “defendant” have been replaced with easy-to-follow names!)

The original opposition is believed to be about a slice of pizza Rosenberg helped himself to in the Severance Hall break room, though nobody’s sure anymore.

This much is certain: The orchestra board still wants Rosenberg’s head examined. Last week they filed a joint motion for permission to support their motion to compel an independent mental exam of the plaintiff. (Translation: The guy’s $%&#@ nuts.)

There might be several heads worthy of examination in this case, but don’t ask us which ones. Those documents have been sealed.

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