Robert Jones, an attorney for Romney, rejected the notion that Romney undervalued Staples stock to help Stemberg.
"These tabloid charges being shopped by Gloria Allred, one of President Obama's most prominent supporters, are absolutely false," he said. "Every time a court has reviewed the allegations of her client over the last 24 years, they have been rejected. There is no new information here."
Maureen Sullivan Stemberg sued her husband in 1990, arguing that he had failed to reveal the true value of Staples stock in their property settlement agreement.
Allred said after the hearing that she planned to file a request as early as next week to lift the gag order preventing her and her client from speaking about the case.
Outside court, Allred referred to Tom Stemberg's "glowing" speech about Romney at the Republican National Convention and mockingly referred to him as "almost a BFF" of Romney's. In response to a reporter's question, Allred acknowledged being a supporter of Obama but said she is "not a surrogate for the Democratic Party."
George Regan Jr., a spokesman for Tom Stemberg, said in a statement that he was pleased that the gag order remained intact. He said the case is a private family matter that "has nothing to do with Gov. Romney."
Braun reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Steve Peoples contributed to this report.
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