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D.C. Circuit Releases Employer From NLRB Jail

We have frequently commented on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expansion and creation of sweeping protections to employees engaging in union organizing and other activities protected under the National Labor...more

Franchise and Distribution News - July 2015

A VIEW FROM TWIN PEAKS - Quick. Define Twin Peaks. Other than the obviously now dated TV show, up until a couple of weeks ago, the only other definition of Twin Peaks was a restaurant chain that featured double entendre...more

AT&T “Prisoners” Can’t Escape Common Sense: D.C. Circuit Shackles NLRB T-shirt Decision

In a refreshing decision for employers, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month tossed an eyebrow-raising NLRB decision which permitted AT&T customer-facing and publicly visible technicians to wear faux prison...more

[Webinar] Transparency after a Compliance Failure: Managing the Risk or Maximizing the Opportunity? - June 16, 1:00 CDT

Every week we read about an organization facing the question of how to respond to a compliance or ethics mistake that has become public. Not so public are the discussions in the background: Should information be shared? If...more

Malcolm Gladwell Re-Thinks Automotive Safety in "The New Yorker"

Recent high-profile product liability lawsuits against automotive manufacturers have captured national attention. These cases have led to a renewed and heightened focus on automotive safety and, specifically, the guidelines...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 161-Gini Dietrich on how to create a MasterClass [Video]

In this episode I visit with Gini Dietrich, on how to create a MasterClass....more

Must the "Maker" of a False Statement have "Ultimate Authority" over that Statement to be Subject to Liability for Securities...

This case involved a civil enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against certain public relations companies and their principals, alleging violations of—among other things—Section 17(a) of the...more

Social Media: Strategy and Implementation - Are you protected?

With more companies utilizing social media as a part of doing business, are you protecting yourself and your business from issues that can arise when implementing these strategies? Where do you stand legally when employees...more

Client Alerts in a Perfect World, the PR Perspective

In a perfect world, PR professionals would be alerted when a lawyer or team of attorneys starts writing a client alert. That’s because many client alert ideas are generated way before the finished product is posted to a...more

Legal Reporter at Ars Technica Talks Good PR

A big part of the being a resourceful PR professional is staying up-to-date on when reporters move jobs as well as what they want from us in their new positions. Legal PR Advice asked David Kravets, a senior reporter at Ars...more

Reputation Damage and Tone at the Top: Uber Scandal Underscores How Corporate Culture can Bring a Company to its Knees

Uber has had its share of public relations problems lately. From the taxi-alternative start-up’s drivers claiming they don’t make nearly as much money as they originally promised to none-the-wiser customers getting stuck with...more

Is Big Data Hindering Our Ability to Be Intuitive?

The public relations profession has always differentiated from other communications disciplines through an ability to relate to core audiences and influencers. Our intuitive understanding of the power of relationships and how...more

Spin Sucks-Communications Tips for the Compliance Professional

One of my favorite social media acquaintances is Gini Dietrich, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arment Dietrich Inc. Not only does she bring one of the freshest voices to what might arguably be called ‘one of...more

Want to Disrupt the News? Focus on Quality and Context

“Disruption” is a thrilling word at our company. Through daily conversations with our clients and the constant digestion of news, we see that traditional industries are being challenged and changed by new companies with...more

Target lessons: Network security, human element are factors in protecting data

Caught off guard by the very public outing in December 2013 of a data breach compromising the credit and debit card numbers of 40 million of its customers and affecting the personal information of 70 million more, Target...more

Preparing The Boss For Media Interviews

Smart executives and business owners know that a good public-relations program can build a brand and burnish a reputation. Good PR costs less than advertising and lends credibility to your organization, products, and...more

Five Ways to Become a Reporter’s Expert Source

Lawyers often ask how they can get quoted in news stories, or be quoted more often. They intrinsically understand the value of being a commentary source and many are naturally adept at serving as sources. It’s their job,...more

Beware the Business Cliché

The term cliché derives from typesetting. Long ago, French printers recognized that certain writers used the same phrase over and over again. So, to spare themselves the labor of setting the phrase each time in movable type,...more

PR Lessons from the NYC Mayoral Race

When Bill de Blasio won the New York Democratic primary for mayor with a large enough margin to avoid a run-off, the pundits weighed in on what was an impressive victory for someone who had been running a distant fourth not...more

Weil, Gotshal & Manges effectively navigates the communications waters

On the front-page of Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Weil, Gotshal & Manges announced that it laid off about 170 attorneys and support staff and slashed compensation for about 30 of its 300 partners. The firm ranked 13th in...more

MacEwen: Weil Gotshal Layoffs Start of Wave  [Video]

June 27 (Bloomberg Law) -- Weil, Gotshal & Manges' announcement this week it is firing 60 associates and 110 support staffers, and cutting the pay of about 30 partners, is the start of a wave of such downsizings, according to...more

Breaking Down the Dynamics of Today’s Shifting Media Environment

Emerging from a period of contraction, media outlets across the country have been transformed from sprawling bureaus with networks of beat reporters to smaller-staffed, leaner teams designed to post stories at any time from...more

Tips for Using Twitter for Public Relations

Opinions of the reputation of law firms and attorneys are quickly formed based on what is being said online – in news outlets, journals, blogs, and social media. As social media has grown, more attention is being paid by law...more

Get Your Facts Straight, Then Participate: How Communicators Should Approach Wikipedia

Wikipedia poses a challenge to the communications community as its popularity and perceived credibility have greatly increased. Recent high-profile incidents of organizations, including PR firms, misusing Wikipedia’s open...more

Good News, Golden Reputation

It’s easy to get media attention when you have the inside scoop on a juicy new political scandal or pending arrest of a Fortune 500 C-Suiter. But how do you get a reporter’s attention… and that of their reader… when you want...more

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