Christmas by the Sea - Probably Not This Year in Westerly, Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After all, they were living in Westerly, Rhode Island. The residents of senior complex Babcock Village Apartments probably had been told many times how lucky they were. That's a bit of Paradise in New England. It's based in proximity of the Atlantic Ocean.

Summer 2013: Bring your ice skates to the Jersey Shore, Westerly, Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I have to assume that the parking lots in Westerly, Rhode Island are not full. Angst about global warming has mutated into spiraling commercial concern about the implications of global cooling.    This Memorial Day weekend the hospitality industry got it between the eyes with the sudden frost in the northeast. 

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Post-Gasoline Angst: I used gallons and gallons for day trip to Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I put $50 of gasoline in before I headed out of Connecticut on I-95 to Rhode Island.  At $4.19 a gallon here in New Haven, Connecticut, gasoline has become a campaign issue.    But those of us who have gotten beyond the price angst might be making the right investment in our creativity, mental health, and future employability. Yesterday, I had one foot in the new frugality and one foot in being smart about what I needed to continue to be marketable. 

A Brilliant Mind Is Terrible Thing to Waste on Nanoscience - Charles Lieber Also Focused His on Pumpkins

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It was in 2014 at a competitive event in Rhode Island that he killed it. Charlie Lieber's name is now associated with the alleged sale of proprietary research to the Chinese. So, in some scientific communities, that brandname is now tarnished.

2020 52

Buddy Cianci Was Voice Of Experience - But That Experience Also Involved Prison

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Providence, Rhode Island, Buddy Cianci's campaign meme was:  experience.  But in Rhode Island, Cianci remains iconic.   Maybe that was a mistake. After all his experience included time in the slammer. Also, in this disruptive era, newness can be valued over knowing how things had been doing. As Byron Tau reports in Politico , independent Cianci, who had served Providence as major twice, lost to Democrat Jorge Elorza.

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. New York state attorney general Letitia James is investigating Facebook. That probe is separate from those being conducted by the DOJ and FTC. Essentially, James is looking at whether Facebook, reports TechCrunch , endangers consumer data, reduces consumer choices, and/or increases prices for advertising.    Most recently 31 attorneys general for other states have joined her.

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. "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." " - Brent Kendall and John McKinnon, The Wall Street Journal , May 15, 2020.    The focus is two-fold.

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Robert Iger's 10 Principles of True Leadership (and the most important one for coronavirus-times)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In his commencement speech at the Rhode Island School of Design - "Make Trouble" - Walters told graduates to approach their careers like hitchhiking. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger has overseen plenty.

2020 56

Lincoln Chafee Enters Campaign 2016 As Democrat - Guy Is Survivor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lincoln Chafee , the protean former governor of Rhode Island, has announced he is in. Should Hillary Clinton be shaking in her boots? Maybe. This time as a Democrat. He has been known for other party affiliations. What politicos have learned is this: Be wary of survivors such as Chafee. A  A bit of an oddball based in a tiny state, Chafee has been driven out of politics.

2015 50

The Ocean: Place bets there, whether a creative or real estate agent

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

However, with magical thinking I did go to Westerly, Rhode Island to price real estate. Of course, the Jersey Shore is back.   Here's the coverage from The New York Times.  A safe bet is on the ocean. That applies whether we're a creative like W.B. Yates or a real estate agent/investor. I know that.  Even the fee for the postage-stamp space under a mini mobile home was six figures. Shame on me. careers Personal Musings

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.

2019 43

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.

2018 56

Nuisance Law Used Against U.S. Catholic Church

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Rhode Island, the state supreme court threw out the whole case. Many have become all too familiar with public nuisance law through the class action lawsuits against former lead  paint manufactures such as Sherwin-Williams. Most recently, the U.S.

2018 52

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.

2019 52

Buddy Cianci: Ultimate role model for coming back big

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and ex-con, Buddy Cianci has been voted "Best Radio Personality" by THE PROVIDENCE PHOENIX. The reason why, explains PHOENIX, is "personality." " Now  voice on630WPRO.com, Buddy puts that personality on everything he comments on. We who followed his trajectory up and down knew that he would roar back.    He's there in an era when human beings of all demographics struggle to connect.

Mobile-Home Living - Roof Over Our Heads for Average of $564 Monthly

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It should approach a prestigious design school such as Rhode Island and sponsor a contest for a cool new look for a trailer. In the Southwest, friends recommend mobile-living to other friends - without apology. It's one of those rare places in the U.S. which doesn't impose stigma on this kind of lodging. As Fast Company hammers, the prejudice against what used to be called "trailers" still dominates.

But an ugly girl might get more attention & put in more soul

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This enterprise in Rhode Island might not realize this.  Presentation is a tricky business.    In its Craigslist ad  it states it is seeking a pretty girl with a nice smile to get attention for the company by giving out flyers etc.    But an ugly girl might attract more interest.    Also, take it from a female who never fit with fashionable beauty criteria, we put more soul in our work.

BigTech & The State Attorney General

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For instance, when he was attorney general in Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse kicked off the iconic lead paint class action public nuisance litigation against companies such as Sherwin-Williams. BigTech is under attack.    It's for many issues. But where the DOJ, FTC, and Congress have stepped up their focus is on alleged antitrust.    Now, there is a new player in the loop, reports John D. McKinnon in The Wall Street Journal.

PA Lawsuit Against Uber - The Legalities & Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

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. A ghost from Uber-Leadership-Past has come to visit. Travis Kalanick was in charge in 2016 when Uber was hacked but there was no public announcement. About 57 million users were affection. 

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. Both 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. In OH it was Mike DeWine who later successfully ran for state governor.

2019 40

More on School for Scandal.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Paul's School in Rhode Island. Long before sexual misconduct allegations rocked the entertainment and media worlds, they shook up elite prep schools. Among them had been St. Last July, RI's state attorney general's office commenced an investigation of alleged sexual abuse. That dated back to 1948. Let's face it: Those insulated institutions are usually tucked away in rural areas. It's all too easy for faculty and administrators to influence the students.

"That Depends" - Pivot from Certainty

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" In a school of zen headquartered in Rhode Island, the meditation mantra is: Clear Thinking, Don't Know.  America has been humbled. We were certain the way to beat average returns was through hedge funds. We knew who was going to win this election. Hollywood Golden Couple Angelina and Brad would grow old together like Bogie and Bacall.    That kind of absolute certainty gives way to the lawyerly phrase "That Depends."

2016 47

"Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto" Could Be Bayer Investor Nightmare

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When Sherwin-Williams was found guilty in February 2006 of creating a public nuisance in the Rhode Island class action lead paint trial its stock plummeted.  "Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto" is the first lawsuit to have been tried in the multidistrict litigation. The plaintiffs contend that herbicide Roundup causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma in human beings.    The parent company of Monsanto is Bayer. Here is a summary of the complaint.

2019 40

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  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. And, like another investigative journalist - Gabriel Sherman - he got very lucky. The celebrity he was exposing allegedly  triggered threats. In itself that alleged development creates the platform for building the BigBrand for the journalist. 

Hold The Words: The most compelling communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those might go for a one-hour meditation to a week-long silent retreat held at its larger facility in Providence, Rhode Island. Words, words, words. That's what the prince of Denmark Hamlet lamented. He could well be the unofficial patron saint of zen. At the New Haven Zen Center in Connecticut, the most compelling communications are wordless. The silence is so rich that it spills over into times when oral communication is permitted.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Back in the late 1990s and until the Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the litigation, the Sherwin-Williams brand took major hits. The elephant in the room when it comes to Sherwin-Williams is how much the latest trial over lead paint will hurt its brand.  As did its stock price.   Here is that RI court ruling  Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc.  That was then.  Now, as ZACKS reports, Sherwin-Williams is back in court.

2013 43

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I was blogging the public nuisance lead paint trial in Rhode Island, those Wall Street players called me daily. The function of the state attorney general has become one of the most powerful - and feared - in the U.S. On Law.com , Sue Reisinger documents that. And, it's become most visible in public nuisance litigation, in which outside law firms do the heavy lifting for governmental units for up to 30 percent commission via contingency.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

State attorneys general, such as Rhode Island's Sheldon Whitehouse who is now a U.S. Full Disclosure: I blogged the Rhode Island 2005-2006 class action lead paint public nuisance jury trial. Sherwin-Williams and its legal team at Jones Day are waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will review its conviction as a public nuisance in "County of Santa Clara v.

School for Scandal - Choate Rosemary Hall

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

George's prep school in Rhode Island. These are the kinds of allegations which upscale publication Vanity Fair frequently turns into a cover story: At an elite New England prep school, 12 former faculty members and staff have been accused of sexual crimes against students. The years were 1963 through 2010. In this situation, it's Choate Rosemary Hall, based in Wallingford, Connecticut.

St. George's Settles with Alleged Victims of Sex Abuse - Yet another school for scandal featured by Vanity Fair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Finally elite prep school in Rhode Island, St. George's, has settled with the 30 victims of alleged sexual abuse at the hands (literally) of teachers, staff, and other students. Annual tuition and fees total about $56,000. The claims date back to the 1970s. In most of those situations, the complaints by students weren't reported to law enforcement. And some of the miscreants got treated well by the school, including severance and a letter of recommendation.

2016 43

Ashoka Mukpo, RI Ebola Survivor/Freelance Journalist, Pitching His Story To Editors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it's no surprise that Providence, Rhode Island freelance journalist and Ebola surivor Ashoka Mukpo is pitching his story to editors. For us in writing - all branches - life is essentially a source of copy. That's exactly what the mother of Nora Ephron told her on her deathbed. Yes, she wanted her daughter to recognize any story potential in the experience of a mother's death.

2014 53

Hillary's Nixon Moment - But Will She Soon Say, "You Won't Have The Clintons To Kick Around Any More"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, in Rhode Island former Providence Mayor, Buddy Cianci , kept on ruminating that he was not a member of "The Lucky Sperm Club." Students of history and politics, Baby Boomers and public-speaking experts well know that self-pitying line, "You won't have Nixon to kick around any more." " The guy had not a chip on his shoulder. It was a boulder. And that sort of thing gets a lot of other politicos in trouble.

2015 50

Lead-Poisoned Children - Public Policy/Public Relations Had Ruled Out That Possibility

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In other states, ranging from Rhode Island to California, the state attorneys general, frequently working on contingency with plaintiff law firm Motley Rice , sued former lead paint manufacturers and marketers for allegedly causing a public nuisance.

2018 52

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. Here are details from Anthony J. Sebok. The lawyers, including those from Jones Day, and the defendants, including Sherwin-Williams, were mighty pleased.

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many recall that the high-profile Rhode Island one had been tossed by that state's supreme court.  The op-ed for WBUR urges Massachusetts to follow the example of California. Of course, CA is always a kind of pioneer.    It was the first state to win a class action public nuisance lead paint lawsuit.   Already municipalities in Pennsylvania have embraced that CA template. Targeted is deep pocket Sherwin-Williams.

2019 40

The Campbell Brand - Conduct Contest for New Name and Logo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It can be national or just limited to design schools such as the one in Rhode Island. The Wall Street Journal headlines its coverage of Campbell with the indictment that everything is going wrong there. Therefore, that influential newspaper is not surprised that its chief executive officer Denise Morrison has stepped down, abruptly. Here is that article.    Among what Campbell has to start getting right is its branding.

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.  No smart corporations go into legal-generated controversies without top of the line public affairs representation.

2018 52

Higher Education - Art Schools Thriving, Traditional Colleges/Universities Not So

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The exception is the art school sector, such as Rhode Island School of Design. Higher education in America has long been described as a "bubble."

2018 52

"People V. ARCO" - Implications For Sherwin-Williams' Investors, Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherwin-Williams was among the three defendants in the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance lawsuit which had been let off the hook by the state's supreme court - Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc. I had been hired by a public relations agency to blog the Rhode Island lead paint trial. The threat of lead-paint public nuisance litigation to investors of Sherwin-Williams seemed to have abated (pun intended).

2015 59

Sherwin-Williams, Lead Paint & Investors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's a fairly routine arrangement and was used in the 2 Rhode Island class action lead paint public nuisance trials. It went on for 19 years.    That was the lead paint class action public nuisance lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County, California. In 2014, three defendants were convicted of causing a public nuisance (lead paint in older housing) and ordered to pony up $1.15 billion to make the residential paint no longer a health hazard.

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21st Century Fox, Corporate Governance. Shareholder Lawsuits

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the time I was blogging about those lawsuits in venues such as Rhode Island financial firms contacted me all the time about developments. Businesspeople following the allegations of sexual harassment by former Fox head, Roger Ailes, immediately thought: This will blow up as a governance issue. Since Enron, governance reform has been on the front burner of issues corporations have to be concerned about. Well, the business mindset could be on the money.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL Cuts Loose 26

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He's on the money since not only is the newspaper industry in bad shape, so is Rhode Island.  Losing a job on a newspaper can often mean the death of that career path.    There might not be any where else to get a comparable job. On his site "RI Future," Bob Plain reports that 26 employees of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL have been cut loose.    Plain hammers that they have lost the way to support themselves. 

Recovery & Unintended Consequences: Can get into my skinny jeans

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That was the skinny jeans I hadn't been able to fit into since 2006 when the Rhode Island lead paint trial was over and I finished being in a courtroom blogging it for four months. No one I know isn't busy trying to keep up with all the new business coming in.      For once in years, many of us have a backlog. An unintended consequence of too much work is that my metabolism seems to be racing.