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Hertz Global Holdings' Press Release on Filing Chapter 11

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware. Law firm White & Case LLP represents Hertz Global Holdings in the legal aspects of its filing for Chapter 11. The corporation provides that and other details in its own press release.    According to Hertz, what led up to the action have been the massive and swift impacts of COVID-19 on its business. Travel halted.

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The Matter of Easterbrook - McDonald's Introduced New MO in Crisis Management

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The New York Times explains how the corporation has filed a lawsuit in Delaware state court, months after the November 2019 termination. Brit Steve Easterbrook was perceived as a corporate magician.

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Your Digital Remains - Could Be in Hands of Your Estate Lawyers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 One - Delaware - has come up with an answer, at least until it might be challenged since it conflicts with a federal law passed in Congress in 1986. In The Wall Street Journal, Jacob Gershman reports: "Delaware Gov. When estate-planning now you have to factor in your digital remains. What do you want done with your emails, blog posts, Facebook account, tweets, and YouTube videos?  Should you family have access to all that?

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Katherine Dettwyler - Line Between Private and Professional Selves Blurred

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The world knows: The University of Delaware will not renew the contract of adjunct professor of anthropology - Katherine Dettwyler.   Of course, the lawyers are wondering if the U of Delaware's decision was legal. That institution of higher learning stated: Her negative comments on Facebook about Otto Warmbier did not reflect its values. 

David Tovar - Not All Lies Are Created Equal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  What we do know is that Tovar listed on his resume a BA degree from the University of Delaware. Meanwhile, he might contact the University of Delaware about completing those credits. Unless the media reach sources inside Wal-Mart, probably we will never know the tipping points in the departure of David Tovar. He had been the company's respected public relations director for years. Here is the coverage by Susan Berfield in Bloomberg Business Week. 

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Public Speaking – Yale’s Shapiro Releases Memorable Quotes of 2010

Matt Eventoff

Christine O’Donnell, Delaware senatorial debate, Oct. Fred Shapiro , who serves as Associate Librarian at Yale Law School, has just released his 10 most memorable quotes of 2010, which will be published in the next edition of the Yale Book of Quotations. . While not every person quoted was ultimately successful in the endeavor he or she was pursuing, the statements will now become cemented in history: 1. TIE) “I’m not a witch.&#

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Gotta Get Out of This Place - Northeast Loses Its Location Edge

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Delaware  Rhode Island. New York. Massachusetts  New Hampshire. New Jersey. Those of the states in the Northeast from which folks are fleeing, found Lending Tree. As MarketWatch reports, the three main reasons are: Cost. With expenses, especially for housing, so high, residents just can't catapult out of debt. Weather. Not only is that tough to live with. The energy bills are astounding.    Jobs.

2019 40

Lean Startups & Patents - Briefing for Communications Players

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Best places for patent holders are Virginia Eastern, Delaware, Texas Eastern, Wisconsin Western, and Florida Middle. Only 1 to 2% of patents ever get litigated. But, the topic is a critical one for startups. And, in one way or another, more of the client base for professional services are startups. Those kinds of services range from my field of marketing/advocacy communications to public relations. So, we should all have down cold some of the recent facts about patent litigation.

2016 43

This Law School Missed Briefing in Branding Fundamentals

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it's puzzling that Widener University Delaware Law School would list on its jobs board a help-wanted to work part-time at Payless shoe store. The number-one fundamental in branding is that everything is factored in.    Say you are a premium brand in retail cosmetics such as Sephora. No, you don't have a little section in the back with the kinds of $1.99 mascara Wal-Mart stccks. In itself, that could tarnish the consumers' perception of Sephora.

What Johnson & Johnson and Sherwin-Williams Have in Common

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

District Judge Nitza Alejandro has allowed officials in Delaware County to threaten to file lawsuits against Sherwin-Williams about lead paint. One strategy among corporations facing a pile on of lawsuits is to fight on, not settle. That can deter lawsuits without merit. Sherwin-Williams did that with the lead paint it had previously manufactured and sold. For a while that was successful, until it was not.

2019 40

Theranos - Limits to the Power of Story-Telling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's also facing fraud claims in state court in Delaware from one of its investors [Partner Fund Management]." After being sanctioned by U.S. regulators, the company now faces at least eight other lawsuits filed in federal courts in California and Arizona by patients who claim that faulty blood tests led to heart attacks or other issues. " - Bloomberg, October 14, 2016.    Here is the article. This development was expected.

2016 50

Teneo Representing Travis Kalanick in Reputation Restoration - Plot Thickens as Benchmark Capital Sues Kalanick

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Today, it filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court against Kalanick. Recently, Benchmark Capital had gone on record, indicating that the Uber search was seeking a new chief executive officer (CEO). That was code for: We are not letting former CEO Travis Kalanick pull off a Steve Jobs, that is parachute back in. Benchmark holds about a 13% equity stake of Uber, which is valued at about $70 billion. Since then, the tensions between Benchmark Capital and Kalanick have escalated.

2017 40

No, He Was Not Perfectly Fine - The Downward Spiral of Gabe MacConaill, As Told by His Widow

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, of course, the Mattress Firm legalities were demanding and involved travel from the West Coast to Delaware. On October 14th, brandname  BigLaw bankruptcy attorney Gabe MacConaill took his own life with a gun. He was 42 years and at a partner at Sidley Austin. At the time he was immersed at Sidley Austin with the bankruptcy of the Mattress Firm. In addition, as his widow Joanna Litt confides on Law.com , he was emotionally and physically overwhelmed.

"Mistakes" - Let's Ditch That Term for "The Way Things Are"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There would have been more action in Florida or higher rates for doing assignments in Delaware. Supposedly smart parents, school guidance counselors, psychotherapists, and public relations pros tutored us in how to position and package our mistakes. The objective was to turn the mistakes into the platform for how we could manage our own shame and the glee of our enemies and critics. But that might be all wrong.

2016 43

Shareholder Class Action Lawsuits Surging in Number, Value - For Corporations, Those Are Expensive, Can Generate Lousy PR

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District Court for the District of Delaware. Shareholders are taking collective legal action to push back against corporations in a growing number of lawsuits and the potential value of those complaints is also growing larger. The major reasons include a drop in stock price or a Merger & Acquisition. Three plaintiff law firms active in this category of litigation are: The Rosen Law Firm, Pomerantz, and Glancy Prongay & Murray. 

2018 40

Theranos - More Legal Troubles

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in a federal court in Delaware, alleging it breached a contract between the two companies. The pile on of legal troubles for Theranos continues. Superlawyer, David Boies, is on its board of directors and has been "advising" founder, Elizabeth Holmes. It was Boies who essentially got hedge fund big-time player, Steve Cohen, off the hook with the SEC. This evening, The Wall Street Journal reports: "Drugstore giant Walgreen Co.

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Travis Kalanick Brand Catches Lucky Break, At Least Temporarily

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

However, Judge Samuel Glasscock III of Delaware Chancery Court did not dismiss the complaint.  The issue has been: Will Benchmark Capital's lawsuit filed personally against former Uber head Travis Kalanick bring him down the way Fox News' former on-air personality Gretchen Carlson's finished off Roger Ailes?    The odds are against that, at least for the time being.

2017 40

Pat Desmond: The much appreciated art of letter writing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In the round of compulsive visiting I swung by classmate Anne Desmond's house in Delaware. After our graduation in 1967 from an all-women's college (now Seton Hill University) , we might have been sophisticated enough to be on The Pill.  But we knew that we knew nothing about the world we now had to enter. Predictably, we clung to each other.   There I met her disabled sister Pat.

2013 50

Pat Desmond

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I met Pat Desmond in Wilmington, Delaware in 1967. It was that last summer of self-absorbed girlish innocence for her sister Anne Desmond and myself. We had just graduated from Seton Hill , Greensburg, Pennsylvania. By next summer we would be entangled in the brutal realities of trying to make our way in the world. But that glorious evening, I captivated Pat with my tales of how I made amazing ice cream sundaes in the Nut Shoppe in my home town of Jersey City, New Jersey.

2014 43

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The firm is wooing other counties like Delaware, York and Erie." Sherwin-Williams and its legal team at Jones Day likely knew it was coming. The "it" is the filing of lead paint public nuisance lawsuits by other municipalities when it looked like the U.S. Supreme Court would refuse to review its conviction in Santa Clara, California. On October 15, SCOTUS made that ruling.

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December 6-12: International - Govt & Military

Joan Detz Speaker Services

1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. I recently taught my annual Master Class in Speechwriting. In the Master class, we focus on three key topics: how to make any speech more persuasive … more creative … and more professional. . I encouraged the speechwriters in my seminar to “think globally.&# I’ll encourage you to do the same. . The following international notes can work in a wide range of speeches this week: .

The Constitution of United States ca. 2015 (what’s left of it)

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but the United States shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 16, 2013: Since 1991-92 there has been no set formula for providing funds for PA schools. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

Speaking Of...

The Delaware River Port Authority lost $56 million and was stuck with another $248 million of red ink on its books. link] Parents are rebelling against standardized tests Frustration with exams prompts opt-out actions Boston Globe By Katie Zezima ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPTEMBER 09, 2013 DELAWARE TOWNSHIP , N.J. While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests this spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township driveway.

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Ello - Can This Experiment Work?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The company [Ello] filed in Delaware as a Public Benefit Corp., which Ello says makes it legally impossible under US law for investors to require Ello to show ads, sell data, or sell the company to any buyer who would violate those conditions."  "  - Jonathan Shieber, "Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp., Meaning No Ads Ever," in Tech Crunch, October 23, 2014. Here is the article. 

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Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the vice-president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. The train imagery personalises his praise for Biden, who started commuting daily from Delaware to Washington in 1972, after his two young sons had survived a road crash in which his wife and their daughter died.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 11, 2013: Teaching? Piece of cake. Everybody knows you can pick that up in just five weeks….

Speaking Of...

The Delaware County communities served by the district -- Chester , Upland and Chester Township -- for years have been under-served due to the history of poor management and severe financial problems.

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