Superhero Branding - Municipal Leaders Who Take on Former Lead Paint Companies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It was the first state to win a class action public nuisance lead paint lawsuit. Many recall that the high-profile Rhode Island one had been tossed by that state's supreme court.  The question is: Will Sherwin-Williams seek to settle class action lead paint litigation as had BigTobacco? It has been represented in the class action lead paint suits by Jones Day.    MA is an ideal setting for a dramatic CA Lead Paint 2.0.

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Sherwin Williams, PPG - The Story of Lead Paint Isn't Dead

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Environmentalists are again focusing on the toxic effects of lead paint. Only, at the current time, the lead paint issue isn't in the U.S. companies selling that lead paint in locations ranging from Africa to Asia will create an international crisis. Sherwin Williams has been sued a number of times for the manufacture and sale of lead paint in the U.S. If they are covered with lead paint and the child ingests that, there could be severe medical consequences.

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Investors Listen Up: U.S. Supreme Court Refused to Review Sherwin-Williams' Public Nuisance Lead Paint Conviction

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Supreme Court refused to review Sherwin-Williams' conviction in the Santa Clara, California public nuisance class action lead paint trial. And that means that the paint company which once manufactured and marketed lead paint is wide open territory for copycat lawsuits - both throughout CA and the rest of the nation. Those lead paint lawsuits, at the state level, could be, if won, a windfall for government. California)  and Conagra Brands Inc.,

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CA Supreme Court Won't Reviw Lead Paint Public Nuisance Conviction - Grim Implications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"In a split decision, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday [this week] declined to review a state appeals court ruling against major manufacturers of lead paint that held them liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in remediation costs."  This refusal of review represents a major setback for the three defendants in the class action lead paint public nuisance litigation in CA.

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Intersection of Court of Public Opinion, Court of Law - Sherwin-Williams and Lead Paint

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The "it" is the filing of lead paint public nuisance lawsuits by other municipalities when it looked like the U.S.   As many recognized, the odds against the SCOTUS review increased when The Wall Street Journal outed that a 1900 internal memo at Sherwin-Williams acknowledged the danger in lead paint. Yet, not long after, Sherwin-Williams published an advertisement promoting lead paint for residential use.

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Lead Paint Career-Maker in RI - Judge Overseeing Historic Trial Retires Today

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, after 24 years serving as a judge in Rhode Island Superior Court, Silverstein is stepping down. But one whose issues continue to today had been the lead paint public nuisance class action litigation. Sherwin-Williams and two other defendants in the CA litigation are still on the hook for creating a public nuisance through lead paint. The lead paint litigation in RI was a tide that lifted the boats of many careers.

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Sherwin-Williams, Lead Paint, "Santa Clara" Trial Starting July 15, 2013

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The elephant in the room when it comes to Sherwin-Williams is how much the latest trial over lead paint will hurt its brand.  Back in the late 1990s and until the Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the litigation, the Sherwin-Williams brand took major hits.  Can this court room drama and all the media coverage unleash again grassroots antipathy toward the currently respected company which at one time made and sold lead paint? 

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The Buddy Cianci Brand - Embedded with Shakespearean Comedy and Tragedy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Providence, Rhode Island convicted felon and former jailbird Buddy Cianci is running for mayor.   I got to know of Cianci when I hunkered down in Providence for four months covering the infamous lead paint public nuisance trial.     Books Branding careers Content-provider Current Affairs legal Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Selling Values

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The New Superheroes - State Attorneys General Poking Around Facebook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The old type had been those like Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island. He launched the infamous RI class action lead paint public nuisance litigation. Branding careers Current Affairs Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Politics Power Rebranding Values Web/TechNew York state attorney general Letitia James is investigating Facebook. That probe is separate from those being conducted by the DOJ and FTC.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

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. Branding Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics Rebranding Selling Values Web/Tech Writing"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."

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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, other ambitious leaders of municipalities and plaintiff lawyers could also create giant leaps in their careers and branding by also involving themselves in lead paint public nuisance litigation. Branding careers Current Affairs Ethics Games Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Politics Power Values

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Public Affairs - Will It Push Sherwin-Williams, Like Tobacco Companies, into a Type of Master Settement?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" If the answer is "no," then the door is wide open for other states, counties, and cities to file similar lawsuits alleging that the residue of lead paint in housing stock constitutes a public nuisance. Their request could range from damages to funds to render the lead paint safe. Once it's in the blood of children, the lead from the paint could cause consequences ranging from cognitive impairment to behavioral problems.

PA Lawsuit Against Uber - The Legalities & Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It can enhance the brand - and re-electability - of a state attorney general to become associated with high-profile litigation. In Rhode Island, filing a class action public nuisance lawsuit about four former lead paint manufacturers/marketers helped make the brandname of AG Sheldon Whitehouse prominent. Branding careers Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games legal Media Personal Musings Travel Web/Tech

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some recall how Rhode Island attorney general Sheldon Whitehouse catapulted to fame with his lawsuit against the former lead paint companies. Branding careers Current Affairs Games legal Media Personal Musings PoliticsBoth the pelvic mesh litigation against J&J in Washington and the opioid lawsuit in Ohio regarding opioids had similarities. Both were filed by the state attorney general. In WA that was Bob Ferguson.

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Ronan Farrow, et al. - Being "Threatened" BigBrand Builder

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  From Farrow's and Sherman's experiences branding experts can put together a powerful strategy: Make it their business to make enemies who will threaten in ways that can be documented.    When I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial (November 2005 - February 2006), I received an email threat to stop mentioning a judge in Pennsylvania. Ronan Farrow has embraced investigative journalism.

Artificial Intelligence in Services - Allstate's Smart Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in 2005, when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial, there were former full-time journalists covering the courtroom action as "stringers" (gig workers) in order to pick up some extra money.   Branding careers Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games Generational Divide Media Personal Musings Values Web/Tech

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Laura Ellsworth & Linda McMahon Template

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I first encountered Ellsworth when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance second trial (November 1, 2005 - February 22, 2006). At the time, the litigation was high profile because corporations feared that lead paint could become The Next Tobacco.      Branding careers Current Affairs Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics

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The Voodoo of Public Nuisance - Spells Cast in California and Oklahoma

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As many know, public nuisance litigation succeeded in Santa Clara, California against former lead paint manufacturers/marketers.   The CA bench trial was, one might say, the big bang in public nuisance because previously class action public nuisance litigation regarding the vestiges of lead paint had failed. In Rhode Island, the state Supreme Court eventually tossed it. senator Sheldon Whitehouse who introduced that lead paint class action litigation in RI.

Facebook - Why Isn't Its Reputation Restoration Going Better?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The defendants in the Rhode Island lead paint litigation, including Sherwin-Williams, had Prism Public Affairs, based in Washington D.C.  Later, Prism merged with Rasky Baerlein which handled the lead paint defendants' public affairs in CA litigation.   Books Branding careers Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics Rebranding Values Web/Tech

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Brand Jones Day - Reputational Crisis Continues

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many recognize that name from the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance litigation days.   Branding Games legal Media Personal Musings Politics ValuesClients may or may not value Jones Day's access to the White House. Its former partner Don McGahn is the top counsel there. In addition, more than 10 other of its former lawyers are also worker bees on behalf of the Trump Administration.

Public Nuisance as Monster from The Deep - Judge Keeps It in "County of Summit, OH et al. v. Purdue, et al."

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At the top of the list could be the former lead paint manufacturers/marketers such as Sherwin-Williams.    Later it was leveled by the combination of state attorneys general and plaintiff lawyers operating on a contingency basis against corporations which had been in the residential lead paint loop. senator Sheldon Whitehouse who had put the first major lead paint lawsuit in play in Rhode Island.

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Thought Leadership - At The Time, It Was The Right Decision

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The recent classic example of that was the manufacturing, marketing, and selling of lead paint by companies such as Sherwin-Williams. The Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the class-action lawsuit against Sherwin-Williams, et al. Branding careers Current Affairs Games Intuitive legal Values "Father, forgive me. My sin, and it is hurting the company, is that I have defaulted into apology.

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State Attorneys General Contending Public Nuisance on Side of the Angels

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those AGs, dating back to Sheldon Whitehouse in the Rhode Island lead paint class action, who configure public nuisance lawsuits essentially have been hailed heroes. Most recently it was used successfully in a bench trial against former lead paint companies such as Sherwin-Williams in Santa Clara, California. Currently, public nuisance is being argued in the filing of lawsuits related to lead paint in Pennsylvania.

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Shifting Memes - What Could Become the "Next Tobacco"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I was blogging the iconic Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance class action trial, the formal public relations focused on advocacy.   The defendants promoted public policies such that the landlords were responsible for making the residue of lead paint safe. Supreme Court refused to review the conviction of the defendants, including Sherwin-Williams, in the west coast version of a lead paint public nuisance class action lawsuit.

2018 40

Public Nuisance Lawsuits, The People, and Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some lawyers may recall how the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance class action litigation went through two trials and then a review by the state Supreme Court.   In RI, the universe smiled on Sheldon Whitehouse after he filed the first lead paint lawsuit when state Attorney General.   Branding careers Current Affairs Games Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Television Values

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Old White Men & Power - Harvey Weinstein Is Symbol of Widespread Oppression

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's what I observed at the Rhode Island lead paint litigation in 2006. Harvey Weinstein has captured headlines as a symbol of the power of old white men. But, there are plenty more where he sowed his destruction. Even at the level of a small town, those old white men make life miserable for many, especially women. Here  in Austintown, Ohio, they seemed to rule over a Sunday night recovery meeting. First, I sought a solution. Then, I simply stopped attending.

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Domestic Flashpoints - Too Many Ending in Suicide-Murders

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I recall interviewing the jurors for the Rhode Island lead paint trial (November 1, 2005 to February 22, 2006). The residue of lead paint was a poison from within.  Jane Genova helps you get it for products, services, points of view, causes, branding, careers after-50, and college admission. Yet another domestic murder-suicide has occurred. This method of dealing with a problem or chronic stress within a group living together has become contagious. 

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The New York Times - Yes, If It Folds, Rhetorical Tears Will Be Shed (end of story)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It enhances branding for an organization or person to be covered - at least positively. My brand equity rose significantly when Joe Norcera, currently with Bloomberg, interviewed me about my blogging of the Rhode Island lead paint trial.  Branding careers Content-provider Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games Generational Divide Interviews Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Selling Values Web/Tech Writing

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America Grows Up - Optimism Goes Lite

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the class action lead paint public nuisance long-running lawsuit.   In Santa Clara, California, there was pending another class action lead paint public nuisance lawsuit. Along the way, at least in some circles, its brand took a hit. He is fighting for his brand and legacy, including with his book "Guilt by Accusation."

Contingency Business Model - The Great Rebranding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The classic example had been Motley Rice's decision to assist the state of Rhode Island in its class action public nuisance lead paint complaint against companies such as Sherwin-Williams.   Branding Current Affairs DigitalInfluencer Games Generational Divide legal Personal Musings Rebranding Values Web/TechIt's obvious that BigLaw has not recovered from The Crash. Litigation is flat.

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Litigation as Investment Issue: Security analysts always wary of "another tobacco"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"  Lead paint, which had been banned by the federal government for residential use in the 1970s, was feared to fit nicely into the groove established by plaintiff lawyers and municipal government with tobacco.  One of those being tried for allegedly creating a public nuisance through lead paint is Sherwin-Williams. Branding legal The massive class-action lawsuit against the tobacco companies, filed by state attorneys general, rocked American business.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Both companies were convicted in a bench trial of creating a public nuisance through lead paint. If the conviction stands, they will have to pay funds to fix the health hazard of lead paint in older housing stock in designated locations in CA. When children ingest the residue of lead paint, that lead in their blood can result in medical problems such as cognitive impairment. The Wall Street Journal outed an internal memo from 1900 indicating the hazards of lead.

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How a 1904 Ad Came Back to Bite Sherwin-Williams Where It Could Hurt for Decades

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1904, the Sherwin-Williams corporation put out there an advertisement promoting its lead paint.  Supreme Court (SCOTUS) not to review Sherwin-Williams' conviction in the class action lead paint public nuisance litigation "County of Santa Clara v. If the conviction stands, then Sherwin-Williams, along with two other convicted defendants, has to pay for the process which renders the lead paint in residences non-hazardous.

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Politicos, Trial Lawyers, Unemployed - Likeability Is Inside Job

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the Rhode Island lead paint trial II, members of the jury, whom I interviewed, like defense attorney, John Tarantino.   Books Branding careers Content-provider Current Affairs Games green legal Media Personal Musings Politics Public Speaking Selling Television Values Voodoo Web/Tech Weblogs WritingLong before the social media phenomenon of  'Like," journalist Hedrick Smith documented that likeability is a form of power.

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Arrogance: Not meme of 21st paradigm-shifting century

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That Manhattan attorney mirrors the Providence, Rhode Island attorney John Tarantino of Adler Pollock & Sheehan who got his client ARCO off the hook in that state's lead paint public nuisance trial. Branding careers Current Affairs legal Media Personal Musings Politics Public SpeakingI've found it: The just-right persona to present myself for assignments as well as full time and part time jobs. 

BigLaw Brands - Will Jones Day Rebrand from "Black Box" to "Transparent?"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Because of Jones Day's prominent branding in Western PA, Ellsworth had received more-than-expected media coverage. That's when I blogged the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance litigation.     Branding Personal Musings RebrandingJones Day, which had been a laggard in matching the Cravath Bump, has turned out to be an early adopter in Milbank Time.

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Toyota - When the worst is over, it needs a gimmick

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One way to rebuild its brand is to get a gimmick or two.    In 2005, I live-blogged a civil trial regarding lead paint in Rhode Island.    The hook was that I made watching lead paint interesting, including plenty of gossip. Name a company or individual which hasn't had its reputation-management troubles.    After all, this is a Black Swan world, with continual unexpected upheavals and profound impacts from those. 

PR Pros: Why don't we claim the high moral ground, just like journalists?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Their specific target was derailing the lead paint public nuisance litigation movement.    Public policy matters, I am convinced, contributed to the Rhode Island Supreme Court's throwing out that decade-long litigation [ Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc. Disclosure: As a blogger of the RI lead paint 2nd trial I was a bit player in the push to reform the legal system. 

FIRE - From the Front LInes of Radical Saving

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Decades later, when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance class action trial, I had the opportunity to post on that worst of times with Kelley. Jane Genova helps you get it for products, services, points of view, causes, branding, careers after-50, and college admission. FIRE - Financial Independence, Retire Early - doesn't necessarily mean stopping work.

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Legal Representation, Resumes, and Other Items of Self-Interest

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For decades, BigLaw firm Jones Day has been representing Sherwin-Williams in the state-level lead paint class action public nuisance litigation. There was a high-profile tossing of the case by the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Ever since The Washington Post outed that Jones Day then-partner Don McGahn was working for the Make America Great campaign, its brand has been in play. Branding

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Buddy Cianci Jr., Dead At Age 74 - Prototype For Donald Trump

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" His presence dominated that small Rhode Island City where he had been mayor. When I spent four months in Providence blogging the class action public nuisance lead paint trial, from 2005 to early 2006, I encountered so many Cianci stories. Branding careers Current Affairs Games Intuitive legal Media Personal Musings Politics Television ValuesMike Stanton titled his biography of Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. "The Prince of Providence."

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"Hogan v. Gawker" Mutates into "Peter Thiel v. Pierre Omidyar" - And, maybe the First Amendment has nothing to do with it

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pierre Omidyar, an eBay co-founder, is leading the charge to support Gawker in its appeal of a $140 million judgment. When the verdict against three defendants, including Sherwin Williams, in the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance litigation was appealed to the state supreme court, there was a flood of amicus briefs supporting the plaintiff. Branding careers Current Affairs Games legal Media Online video Personal Musings Politics Values Web/Tech

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Jones Day Represents Make America Great Campaign (that is, The Donald as Politico)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, its Pittsburgh office successfully defended Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams in its more than a decade-long litigation battle in Rhode Island over its former manufacture and sale of lead paint. But it wasn't so lucky in California in another class action public nuisance lead paint lawsuit "People of California v. The Jones Day brand tends, as Lat points out, to be tight-lipped and secretive. 

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