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Equifax Breach: Lessons Corporations Must Learn from Equifax’s Poor Planning and Response

Equifax’s stunning security breach and inadequate response has now claimed its most prominent victim – the CEO of Equifax, Richard Smith, announced his immediate resignation. In light of this rapid fall from grace, here...more

No Privilege Extended To Communications With PR Consultant, But Court Provides Roadmap To Possible Application

by Weintraub Tobin on

It is not uncommon in this day of social media influence for an attorney to seek out the assistance of a public relations consultant to play a role in connection with a high profile lawsuit. Such media experts can help assess...more

Commercial Division Reprimands Lawyer for Misconduct in Deposition

On August 25, 2017, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich of the New York Commercial Division entered an order reprimanding a high-profile lawyer, Mark Geragos, for misconduct during a deposition, including refusing to answer...more

Can They Resign? Issues in Termination Discussions

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Is it okay if the employee resigns? Odd question, right? Almost every employer would pretty much jump for joy if a problem employee decided to voluntarily resign instead of the dreaded termination discussion....more

Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Two recent cases in state appellate court show the risks of sharing privileged communications with public relations consultants. But they also provide practical guidance on how to protect the confidentiality of...more

May 2017: Trial Practice Update

California Court Rules Communications with Public Relations Firm Not Privileged. In high-stakes litigation, the outcome of a case sometimes depends as much on what happens in the court of public opinion as in the courtroom....more

Crisis Management – Are You Prepared?

by Fisher Phillips on

Newspaper headlines, television airwaves, and social media links are filled with companies dealing with crises on a near-daily basis. Just as Samsung learned in 2016 when its phones were catching on fire, and as United...more

California Court of Appeal Clarifies the Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege for Communications with an Attorney and a Third...

by Payne & Fears on

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal in Behunin v. Superior Court, 9 Cal. App. 5th 833 (2017), is a reminder that a party’s communications with an attorney and a third party consultant must be reasonably...more

Will Employers Cry Mayday This May 1? What You Need To Know About Planned Protest Activities

by Fisher Phillips on

May Day has historically been a day marked by workers’ rights protests, with union organizing activities and other employee advocacy actions taking place across the country on what is now known as “International Workers’...more

United Airlines: Principle Over People & Profits…Was It Worth It?

by Nancy Myrland on

You have to think twice. No, you have to think more than twice. You have to think before, during and after a crisis to make sure your response is calm, measured, sympathetic, accurate, and correct. Unless you’ve been...more

Communications Between Public Relations Firm and Counsel Held Not Privileged

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Behunin v Superior Court, __ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___ 2017 WL 977095 (March 16, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Second District of the California Court of Appeal ruled that communications between counsel and a public relations...more

Communications between Counsel and PR Firm Hired by Counsel Held Discoverable

Counsel handling cases involving newsworthy facts and litigation often hire public relations (“PR”) consultants. In Nicholas Behunin v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 2017 DJDAR 2405 (No. B272225 March 14, 2017)...more

PR in the Age of Alternative Facts

by Knapp Marketing on

Pitching stories for our legal clients in the days following January 20th, one fact is abundantly clear: like everything else since the inauguration of the new US president, public relations has changed dramatically. The...more

PR, Integrity and Standing Up for the Rule of Law

by JD Supra Perspectives on

If 97 companies, most of them Valley leaders, can join a 9th Circuit brief and 160 companies can jointly speak publicly against a clearly discriminatory ban, why can’t their lawyers? ...more

DOJ and EEOC Release Diversity in Law Enforcement Report

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A coalition report issued by DOJ and EEOC that tackles workplace diversity barriers in the ranks of law enforcement sheds light on the agencies’ views of best practices for enhancing diversity in...more

Elevating the role of the in-house counsel

by Zapproved LLC on

Premise: The role of in-house counsel has evolved and status has been elevated. Expectations have been raised by the C-Suite. The department must be managed like other business units, with adherence to budget, performance...more

Are Public Relations Consultants Inside or Outside Privilege Protection?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Companies frequently turn to outside public relations consultants to assist both in normal media relations and when confronting crises. For obvious reasons, these companies must consider the privilege implications of...more

Legal Advice Or PR Plan? A Pertinent Privilege Conundrum

The ever-expanding scope of what constitutes the “press” creates new issues for companies and their counsel dealing with disputes that either are in or will develop into litigation. Routine corporate disputes that received no...more

Getting to Know You: Joey Telucci

by Blattel Communications on

Next up in our series “Getting to Know You,” we profile Account Executive Joey Telucci, aspiring home chef, celebrity watcher and Bay Area sports fanatic. 1. Have you found it beneficial professionally/enjoyable to have...more

Getting to Know You: Penny Desatnik

by Blattel Communications on

This is the first of our series, “Getting to Know You,” profiling the professionals of Blattel Communications and exploring what makes them tick. Today, we check in with Account Supervisor and native Clevelander Penny...more

Privilege Issues in the Media Firestorm

The situation has become all too familiar: an incident of prurient interest — whether actual or falsely alleged — goes viral on social media before university officials can even ascertain the names of the parties involved. ...more

It’s Official. You’re In Charge!

by Nancy Myrland on

It’s over. You no longer have to wait for someone else to promote you. You’re officially in charge! Remember the days when you hoped a member of the media would pick up your story, your accomplishments, your firm name, your...more

The Privilege of PR: Application of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Crisis Communications and Public Relations in Breach Response...

Cyber-attacks have become a matter of everyday reality for all businesses: regardless of industry or size, it is no longer if a data breach will happen, but when. And waiting for a breach to occur before designing and...more

Five Tips for Setting New Year’s Marketing and Communications Resolutions

by Blattel Communications on

Setting New Year’s resolutions is a great exercise, and one that can yield tangible change as the calendar moves along. Now is the time to identify a few marketing and PR goals and outline next steps. In identifying...more

When does using social media become "lobbying" under New York State law?

by Dentons on

Recently, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), which oversees lobbying rules and regulations in New York State, published a Notice for Comment that should interest any person or entity that uses social media in...more

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