BigTech & The State Attorney General

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's the state attorney general. After all, the litigation against BigTobacco and the companies previously in the lead paint industry began on the level of the state attorney general.   According to sources, about 12 to 20 state attorneys general could become involved in probing consumer and competitive matters related to BigTech. BigTech is under attack.    It's for many issues.

The New Superheroes - State Attorneys General Poking Around Facebook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

New York state attorney general Letitia James is investigating Facebook.   Most recently 31 attorneys general for other states have joined her. state attorneys general who come up with something concrete against Facebook could be hailed the new kind of superhero. That probe is separate from those being conducted by the DOJ and FTC.

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BigTech, Big Trouble If William Barr Confirmed as Attorney General

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Attorney General, William Barr could become the sheriff of Silicon Valley. If confirmed as U.S. He would have both the mission and the Department of Justice power to curb the power of large tech companies. That kind of scrutiny is already happening in the EU, especially about antitrust issues.    During that confirmation hearing Barr explicitly said that he would focus on BigTech in terms of: Restraint of competition. Privacy. Question of ownership of data.

Media Get Ready - If LA District Attorney Prosecutes Harvey Weinstien.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

district attorney's office announced this week. Weinstein's attorneys are Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman. For many OJ Simpson was a likable anti-hero. So, that sucked the hostility out of feelings about the defendant in the criminal murder trial. However, Harvey Weinstein would constitute a whole different type of defendant. The almost universal animosity against him would make the trial more engaging than that of OJ's He would be perceived as a true villain.

Jack McCoy's Team of Prosecuting Attorneys Earned Peanuts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those of us who revered Jack McCoy and his team of prosecuting attorneys on "Law and Order" probably never reflected on how much they were earning. In Bloomberg Law , Elizabeth Olson presents the median salaries for prosecuting attorneys and public interest lawyers. Entry-level prosecuting attorney make about $58,300.

U.S. Supreme Court - Taking a Look Beneath the Robes and at Power of State Attorneys General

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He catapulted into the big time through launching, as Rhode Island attorney general, the landmark state class action public nuisance lead paint litigation. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court is under the microscope.    Recently, several Democrats in the U.S. Senate issued a brief. It indicates concern about the alleged political nature of SCOTUS and recommends a review of its structure and how justices are appointed. Here is that brief.

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In the Public Interest - Lawsuits as Platform to Big Time for the State Attorney General

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both were filed by the state attorney general. Some recall how Rhode Island attorney general Sheldon Whitehouse catapulted to fame with his lawsuit against the former lead paint companies.   Launching a high-profile lawsuit in the public interest can be a genius move for a state attorney general. unit has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to settle the first lawsuit brought by a state over its transvaginal mesh devices."

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Death Penalty for Rober Bowers - Dangerous Move for U.S. Attorney's Office

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty in the case of alleged mass murderer Robert Bowers.  Attorney Scott Brady has requested permission from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for that.  The U.S.   As the New York Daily News reports, U.S.   Introducing the death penalty for a crime in which the alleged miscreant was acting on a belief system could position and package him as a kind of "martyr."

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Real-Life Legal Drama - Divorce Ending in Attorney's Murder, Suicide of Client's Former Husband

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Therefore, divorce attorney Antonio Mari had reason to be fearful of his client's now ex-husband Walter Radford. On "Law & Order SVU," an Assistant District Attorney had to go into the Witness Protection Program.  Emotions run high in family law. But, in this situation the anxiety was so intense that he decided to arm himself. He perceived Radford as mentally ill.    However, having access to a gun didn't help him.

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Public Relations Representatives - Can They Have the Legal Right Analogous to Attorney-Client Privilege

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"A California appellate court opened the door this week to extending attorney-client privilege to an unlikely source, experts say - a litigant's public relations team." " - Andrew Strickler, Law360, March 16, 2017. Here is the article. The particulars of the case are not the issue. Instead, the focus should be: Can professional services firms, such as public relations agencies, have their clients be 100% truthful with them.

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BP Crisis Communication – Lines Litigators Like

Matt Eventoff

BP, after a late start getting out of the “damage control gate&# , developed a fairly effective central message: “We are a responsible party. Our obligation is to deal with the spill, clean it up and make sure the impacts of that spill are compensated. And we are going to do that.&# – BP America CEO Lamar McKay May 11, 2010. However, a number of comments that followed were decidedly off-message.

"The Good Wife" - Scripted In Time For Campaign 2015, Alicia Wins State Attorney Race

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The key development in the plot line is not that Alicia won the state attorney race. Now "The Good Wife" can go full steam ahead with political issues, aligning with the machinations of Campaign 2016. It's that she fears that Peter can't handle her political success and will become a wrench in the works. Deja vu Bill Clinton's supposed undermining of his wife's first run for the U.S. presidency?

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SCOTUS Puts Decision to Review CA Public Nuisance Law in Limbo - Investors Beware, State Attorneys General Have Much to Gain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's the kind of "smoking gun" which, for example, other state attorneys general could leverage in class action public nuisance lead paint litigation.  Instead they can sell this kind of litigation to state attorneys general and others. Those state attorneys general who initiate such a lawsuit in the public interest can enhance their brand - and political futures. Increasingly, it looks like the U.S.

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"The Good Wife" - Series Will Need Public Speaking Consultant If Alicia Runs For State Attorney

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her oral-communications role will be very different if she takes up Eli's recommendation and campaigns to be the state attorney. We "The Good Wife" fans have seen Alicia present in court. Then there will be the politico kind of speeches. For that the series will need to hire a public speaking consultant. We fans bond with those television characters we love and hate. They are often more part of our emotional lives than real people like Barack Obama.

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"The Good Wife" - Cary's In Jail, Alicia's Being Wooes To Run For State Attorney

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Eli has recommended she run for State Attorney. The sixth season of "The Good Wife" starts with the possibility that Cary could be offed. Law enforcement has railroaded him into jail, with bail set over a million bucks, in hopes that he will roll on his client drug-dealer Lemond Bishop. In jail, it's easy for anyone to be murdered, especially someone who doesn't know the ropes like Cary. Meanwhile that same client Bishop is fearful that Cary will cave.

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Attorney General Eric Holder Held In Contempt of Congress

TJ Walker Interactive

Eric Holder has been held in contempt of congress. Good for him! Most of Americans have contempt for congress. This was a partisan witch hunt where the contempt started simply because Obama and Holder had the temerity to hold public office. Obama may or may not win re-election, but it won’t be because he lost a single vote because of this silly contempt vote by Congress. Uncategorized eric holder. contempt of congress

Vantage Group's 30th Anniversary - Chairman of Board, Attorney Katharine Goodbody Reflects

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 She is an attorney.  Before that, as an attorney, I had no knowledge of that.  Blogging from Amarante, New Haven, Connecticut where the Vantage Group is celebrating 30 years of helping those with disabilities reach their potential.  Here I interview Chairman of the Board of Directors Katharine Goodbody. JG: How long have you been on the board? KG: Since 2004. JG: What are you learned? KG: I learned what it means to be on a board.

BP Crisis Communication, Pt II – 9 Steps

Matt Eventoff

Seven weeks later, there are three givens: 1) much damage is being done to the wildlife and ecosystem, 2) no one is quite sure when, or how, this tragedy will end, and 3) everything BP is trying to do from a public relations and communications angle just isn’t working. Nine steps to take now: 1. Stop Talking – I always advocate communicating over silence, as do the most crisis communication professionals.

Democratic angst, including for the state attorney general

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Democrats no longer hold the strongest hand, not even when it comes to that supposedly sure thing of a state attorney general running for higher office. What a difference two retirements make.    Those, reports Abby Goodnough in THE NEW YORK TIMES, have changed the influence and power game.  In Massachusetts, Goodnough tells us , state AG Martha Coakley had been headed for an easy victory for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat. 

Amazon to Cut E-book Prices

TJ Walker Interactive

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"In re Fengling Liu" - Okay for attorney to ghostwrite pro-se client petitions, rules federal appeals court

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now that issue has been applied to ghostwriting attorneys.  Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, reports Mark Hamblett in the NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, ruled that Manhattan immigration attorney Fengling Liu did not violate ethical codes.  Because courts bend over backwards to accommodate that, clearly having that person use the professional writing services of an attorney could misrepresent the pro se status. 

The Coming of Non-Cute: Get Ready Marketers, Policy Makers, Trial Attorneys

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Marketers, policy makers and trial attorneys might also start feeling for the undercurrents of non-cute. It was downright refreshing last night to tune on "Criminal Minds" and the plot not contain a bit of cute.    The story line was all about goth subculture, brought to its extreme: Vampires.    The powers-that-be behind the wildly popular series might have picked up on the peaking of cute. 

TPS: Yes, the government is really here to help you, explains Alan Lubiner, immigration attorney

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Temporary Protected Status [TPS] is a humanitarian initiative launched by the American government back in 1990.    Today it's being hailed worldwide as a model for transforming adversity into an economic advantage.    In a nutshell, according to the provisions of TPS, those in America from nations [e.g. Haiti] hit by natural disasters, war, or other unusual conditions can not only remain here temporarily but also be eligible for work. 

Inside Beltway Communicators - We may be doing better than the attorneys

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Most of us writers who cover inside-the-beltway topics aren't going to become wealthy.    Well, it looks like many of the lawyers won't either, at least for the near term. In THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, Jeff Jeffrey reports that for the first time in 11 years, Washington D.C. large law firms have suffered a decline in gross revenues and no one is predicting a turnaround any time soon. 

Florida State Attorney David Aaronberg and Donald Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Questions are being raised in influential media such as Politico if Forida state attorney, David Aronberg, can be objective in how he manages the alleged battery incident. The political is always the third rail in justice. Everyone in the loop tries to avoid it. Or, more accurately, position and package their decision-making and actual behavior as apolitical.

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"The Good Wife" - Alicia's Running For State Attorney, Will She Be Going Up Against Cary/Diane?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Well, Alicia is finally doing it: Running for office. If she wins that means as a prosecutor she could be going up against those who would be her former law partners - Cary and Diane. She's more than ready for the Machiavellian game of being a politico. Over the years she has transformed herself from a stay-at-home loyal wife of an elected official to a ruthless player. Already she has instructed her son Zach on the party line he better stick to.

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Book Review: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins by Rob Biesenbach

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

He is a former VP at Ogilvy PR Worldwide and press secretary to the Ohio Attorney General. Rob Biesenbach is an independent corporate communications pro, actor, author and speaker. His first book, Act Like You Mean Business: Essential Communication Lessons From Stage and Screen was published in 2011. Today marks the publication of his new [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking

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Guest Posting: Non-Verbal Techniques in a Large Group Forum, by Theresa Zagnoli

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She counsels attorneys, witnesses, and CEOs on how to be effectively public speakers in and out of the courtroom. ?? Theresa Zagnoli has 28 years of experience providing practical trial expertise and communication solutions as a jury consultant, communication expert and founding CEO of Zagnoli McEvoy Foley LLC in Chicago. Non-Verbal Techniques in a Large […]. Business Communication Theresa Zagnoli

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WFH - Beware Alexa (Potential Catastrophe in Legal Sector)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Among the ethical dilemmas posed by attorneys working from home full time due to Covid-19: what to do with Alexa or other voice activated devices that could impinge upon attorney-client confidentiality?"

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From Sheldon Whitehouse to Mike DeWine - Public Nuisance Litigation as Platform for (extreme) Career Mobility

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The function of the state attorney general has become one of the most powerful - and feared - in the U.S. American Company" that the state attorney general began figuring out how to get, hold, and grow power. Soon enough, security analysts began paying attention to litigation filed by the state attorney general.   In Ohio, state attorney general Michael DeWine enhanced his brandname after his filed and then settled opioid public nuisance litigation.

The Left Brain PowerPoint

Beyond Bullet Points

After years of working with executives, attorneys and other professionals to bridge the gap between left and right, some of the most effective techniques I’ve come up are: Keep switching back to Slide Sorter view, so you continually see the big picture of your presentation and get a feel for how the details relate to the whole.

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Raw Takeaway: Don't Be Hated Criminal If You Want Top Legal Talent Defending You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's the impact of social pressure on the defense attorneys. Those who judge the attorneys to be "on the wrong side" of justice are forcing them to leave the cases.   Brandname defense attorney Alan Dershowitz took on myriad unpopular cases. It would be hyperbolic to say that the sixth amendment is threatened. However, there is growing danger that defendants in criminal proceedings will lose access to talented lawyers. 

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Amy Cooper: Will She Be the One to Be Arrested?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New York Post reports that the NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney's office are investigating if a law had been broken during that infamous call to the police about an alleged threat to her life by a black man.  Amy Cooper lost her big job at Franklin Templeton. She returned to the rescue shelter the dog she had adopted. She is receiving death threats. Now this.

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Edelman's Job Just Got Lots More Challenging: Client Kodak Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The plaintiffs are seeking damages, attorney fees and other costs. It was U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren who noticed there might be something rotten in the state of Denmark - metaphorically speaking.

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Vice Media - Its Beef About Google's Advertising Business Could Be Documented in Federal/State Antitrust Lawsuits

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet's Google - are well into planning for litigation." In Rhode Island, the state-level public nuisance class action lead paint litigation helped then attorney general Sheldon Whitehouse's journey to the U.S.

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High Noon in Trumpville - The Donald v. The Preet

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, The Donald has requested the resignations of 46 U.S. Attorneys. Through U.S. Those include the iconic Preet Baharara from the Southern District of New York. Well, as many know, a bit of time ago the Donald had met with The Preet and asked him to stay on. The Preet agreed. That was then. Yesterday, The Preet was informed that he should resign. Here is what has happened today.

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Legal Crises: Preparing & Dealing with the Unexpected

Matt Eventoff

Every active attorney licensed in New Jersey must complete 24 hours of Continuing Legal Education courses every two years. The Supreme Court of New Jersey’s Board of Continuing Legal Education approves and accredits courses, and has approved “Legal Crises: Preparing & Dealing with the Unexpected” (NJ CLE Credit 2.00) for 2 CLE credits.

Legal Crises: Preparing & Dealing with the Unexpected

Matt Eventoff

Every active attorney licensed in New Jersey must complete 24 hours of Continuing Legal Education courses every two years. The Supreme Court of New Jersey’s Board of Continuing Legal Education approves and accredits courses, and has approved “Legal Crises: Preparing & Dealing with the Unexpected” (NJ CLE Credit 2.00) for 2 CLE credits.

Lucas County Is Location for First COVID-19 Death in Ohio

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The announcement is out: Anyone who had been near attorney Mark Wagner Sr. in Domestic Relations Court in Lucas County, Ohio could have been infected with the coronavirus. On Thursday, Wagner, 76, died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. That was the first such death in Ohio. He was based in Toledo, Lucas County. Here are more details from local media.    In addition to being a prominent lawyer, Wagner had been on the Board of Elections and active in the Republican Party.

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Talc Verdict - Jittery Investors, Brand Equity in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The state attorney general is requesting billions of dollars. When set in play by the state attorney general they can not only deep-six the stock price. Today, the jury for the California Superior Court for Alameda County awarded plaintiff Patricia Schmitz $12 million. The defendants were Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive. Here are more details from HarrisMartin Publishing. Of that $2 million was for economic damages and $10 million for non-economic damages.

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Leveraging Litigation for Reform - You Need a Prominent Lawyer (top PR firm not enough)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  But, what's increasingly obvious in this era of media, both establishment and social, is that to get, hold, and scale the attention requires a prominent attorney to represent the plaintiff. Brandname attorney Norm Pattis is representing him. The brandname and perhaps the legacy of prominent attorney David Boies has suffered greatly. Recently, expelled Yale student Saifullah Khan filed a lawsuit against that university and members of its leadership. 

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Facebook - Managing Your Account After You Pass On To That Great Social Network In The Sky

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Or, you might have the person with power of attorney delete your Facebook profile. Today Facebook began letting users select a 'legacy contact' who can partially control their Facebook profile after they die." " - Josh Constine, "You're Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile," in Tech Crunch, February 12, 2015. Here is the article.

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Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin - Are They Making "The Patty Hearst" Dumb Move?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Page Kelley on March 29th, they will be represented by BigLaw defense attorneys. Lee Bailey as her defense attorney worked against Patty Hearst. The best defense the money of the 1% (and the few tiers under that) can buy. That has been phase 2 of the college admissions scandal.    When Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appear in federal district court in Boston before Magistrate Judge M. As Law.com reports, Huffman lawyered up with Foley Hoag's Martin Murphy.

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