EBG Fired, Bigger Legal Sharks Hired
Last Friday, Epstein, Becker and Green attorney Daly Temchine was surprised to receive a letter from Bessie Wash informing him that he was fired as counsel for "The Pacifica Foundation." Rappoport, the other attorney on the case was also cut loose.
"The Pacifica Foundation" has now hired the firm of Williams and Connelly which represented Clinton in his impeachment proceddings, as well as represented FOX TV against reporters suing that network over their firing for refusing to falsify a story to please major adverstiser Monsanto on the dangers of recombinant bovime growth hormone which it holds the patent on..
What does this mean? No one knows yet, but the obvious question is how much does this firm cost, and where is the money coming from to pay them. (Below some details on the lawyers)
Teaming up with the Williams and Connelly is the high-priced PR firm Westhill Partners, which interestingly represented Monica Lewinsky. Westhill is equally unsavory. Their founder (now deceased) John Scanlon, headed the Tobacco Industry's Campaign to discredit the whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, whose story was depicted in the recent fims "The Insider." Westhill is acknowledged as the number to PR firm in "crisis management" in other words, dealing with clients involved in high profile scandals.
The axing of EBG may also indicate tension between PNB hijackers Murdock and Ford. Ford, acting with the circumspection that has made him famous (you know I'm kidding, right?) sent board members a notice of meeting to "elect" additional members to the board. He was slapped down by Murdock, who sent a memo revoking Ford's notice on advice of counsel, as the Ford memo was in violation of the legally binding stipulation agreed on as part of the lawsuits. This same stipulation was the basis for the quashing of the hijacker's recent attempt to call a meeting to pack the board.
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Please also warn all webmasters that these people are also domain-hounds...they will start threatening lawsuits again.
Williams & Connolly
Justice delayed is justice denied, as investigative
reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson are learning
from their suit against their former employer Rupert
Murdoch's FOX 13 TV station in Tampa Bay, Florida in
which they are claiming they were fired for refusing
to broadcast statements which they considered to be
untrue about bovine growth hormone (rBGH),which is
manufactured by Monsanto, a major FOX advertiser.
Washington, DC, law firm Williams & Connolly has never shied away from representing controversial clients. Founded in 1967 by the late Edward Bennett Williams and the late Paul Connolly, the firm sports a client list bulging with familiar names in the legal spotlight. Williams & Connolly has represented President Bill Clinton, Juan Miguel Gonzalez (father of Cuban phenom Elian Gonzalez), hotelier Leona Helmsley, would-be assassin John Hinckley, and Iran-Contra luminary Oliver North. With about 170 attorneys working in corporate, tax, and litigation areas, the firm also has represented corporate clients including Archer Daniels Midland, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin.
From The Standard:
2000 Sales (mil.): 117.50
- Richard W. Goodale, CEO
- Ingram P. Barlow, CFO
From: David Adelson email@example.com Subject: [alliance] Re: EB&G Fired - KPFA News report
the other firm that Pacifica has hired, in addition to Williams and Connolly, is Jaworski and Fulbright...they too are management side labor lawyers, and they "represent employers before state and Federal agencies and in trials and appeals of cases brought under the many Federal and state civil rights acts and other employment-related laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ERISA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans With Disabilities Act."
the quote is from
Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
Labor and employment law is among the areas of practice for which Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. is best-known. We have attorneys in all of our United States offices with substantial experience in representing employers in virtually every industry. The subject matter of the department's practice is as diverse as the problems that arise in the workplace. The services provided include training and counseling clients on litigation avoidance and methods for assuring compliance with the increasing number of state, Federal and local laws regulating employment. We assist clients in developing policies and programs, including affirmative action plans, to promote equal opportunity. We also review existing procedures, handbooks, and practices with the aim of reducing employee claims and maximizing the prospect of prevailing when litigation occurs.
Attorneys in the department also represent employers before state and Federal agencies and in trials and appeals of cases brought under the many Federal and state civil rights acts and other employment-related laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ERISA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans With Disabilities Act. We have experience in handling complex nationwide EEOC Commissioner's charges and major class action litigation as well as individual cases before judges and juries.
A significant portion of the department's work consists of the defense of employment-related contract and tort claims which often arise in state court litigation or as pendent claims included with one or more Federal causes of action. Department attorneys work with our clients to anticipate and attempt to avoid these claims. In some cases, we negotiate binding severance agreements and releases to preclude litigation. Our attorneys are experienced in defending against claims for breach of written or oral contracts and for breach of an alleged duty of good faith and fair dealing. We also regularly defend employers against claims of discharge in violation of public policy (e.g., for filing a compensation claim of refusing to engage in illegal activity), discharge for whistle-blowing defamation, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other torts related to the employment relationship or its termination.
Location(s): California, District of Columbia, New York, Texas
At 07:45 PM 7/23/2001 -0700, Debbie Speer wrote:
Anyway, the archive is good for 24 hours.
I missed the original broadcast, but today's KPFA evening news is already archived at KFCF's web site. I tuned in to the KFCF 6:00 pm archive block, they did include a headline item that Pacifica has indeed fired Epstein, Becker & Greed. I'm still listening for the full report.
I don't necessarily see this as a good thing. One, it frees Murdock from the sticky issue of conflict of interest. Two, by firing their attorneys, Pacifica just gave themselves a solid reason to postpone the trial and I imagine stop any further movement. More time for the rogue board means more money spent (plaintiffs as well as Pacifica's) fighting them, not to mention postponing a win.
KFCF archives are at:
click the 6 p.m. grid block (it will be obvious).
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 01:09:12 -0500 (CDT)
Terrence O'Donnell is a partner with the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he has practiced law since 1977. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. O'Donnell took a sabbatical from the firm to serve as general counsel to the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to resuming his law practice, Mr. O'Donnell served as Special Assistant to President Ford from 1974 through 1976 and as Deputy Special Assistant to President Nixon from 1972 through 1974. Mr. O'Donnell also serves as a director of IGI, Inc. He is a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and in 1971, received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
W&C is the second most profitable law firm in DC for 2000.
A 1990 dispute with the Treasury Department over awarded costs gives a rough idea of their fee structure...
$250/hour for the lead attorney.Mind you, this was in _1990_,..the lead attorney fee is probably about $400+ being conservative on the figures, more likely $550-700/hour now, given their rep as Clintons attornies.
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