Former state lawyer sues to invalidate secrecy terms of legal settlement with the state

Britt Long, who lives now in New Jersey, settled a lawsuit with the state in 2013. In that case, she accused then-District Judge Wayne Phillips of Lewistown of striking her on the buttocks with a legal folder and making “unwanted, demeaning advances” toward her, while she worked for him as a law clerk.

In the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Helena, Long said she wants to write about the initial case, in books or articles, and that a non-disclosure agreement she signed when settling the 2011 lawsuit prevents her from doing so.