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February 26, 2012 |
Harry C. McPherson Jr., who served as special counsel and chief speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson from 1966 to '69 and was a valued advisor to the president on civil rights, the Vietnam War and other policy issues, has died. He was 82. McPherson, who later became a prominent Washington lawyer and lobbyist, died Feb. 16 of complications of cancer at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., said Hedrick Smith, a family friend. "Harry McPherson was a 'can do' man with sound judgment and treasured loyalty who could be counted on by generations of Johnsons," Luci Baines Johnson, the president's youngest daughter, said in a statement.
June 9, 2011 |
Lawrence "Lon" Jacobs, the general counsel of media giant News Corp. and a confidant of Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch, is leaving the company after 15 years. Jacobs, 56, played a key role in several major media deals over the years, including News Corp.'s acquisitions of the Wall Street Journal and the social-networking site MySpace. Besides his duties as general counsel, he was also one of seven executives who served in Murdoch's Office of the Chairman, which acts as an advisory board of sorts for the company's leadership.
February 23, 2011 |
The top attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission is being sued over allegations that his family's estate wrongfully received more than $1.5 million in phony profits from Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud. The lawsuit, filed by Madoff trustee Irving Picard, targets David Becker, the SEC's departing general counsel, along with his brothers William and Daniel Becker. All three are coexecutors of the estate of their mother, Dorothy Becker, who died in June 2004. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, the Becker estate received more than $2 million since Dec. 11, 2002, from Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2011 |
The embattled city of Vernon said it will announce today that it is hiring two prominent outside attorneys to conduct an ethics review of its municipal government, which has come under fire from lawmakers who are pushing to have the town disincorporated. The hiring of former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp and Robert M. Stern, former general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is the latest move by Vernon in its battle against legislation that would break up the industrial city south of downtown L.A. Vernon has been mired in several public corruption scandals in recent years, including the indictments of two city administrators and the conviction of the city's longtime mayor.
February 2, 2011 |
The NFL's top lawyer said Wednesday that the league and the players need to make a commitment to "intensive, serious and on-going" negotiations before the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. "Our focus is 100% on reaching an agreement with our union," said Jeff Pash , the NFL's executive vice president and general counsel. "We can reach an agreement. We will reach an agreement. We are committed to doing so, and committed to having uninterrupted football. That's our goal.
August 23, 2010 |
The commissioner's office has resisted any substantive involvement in — or comment about — the Dodgers' divorce drama. That could change during the upcoming trial, with the commissioner's top lawyer scheduled to appear as a witness for Frank McCourt. Thomas Ostertag, the general counsel of Major League Baseball, would be expected to testify that McCourt is the sole owner of the Dodgers and that Jamie McCourt has no claim to ownership under baseball rules. Ostertag could also say Jamie had never been approved by MLB as an owner and in fact had prepared statements for MLB certifying Frank as the sole owner.
January 14, 2010 |
Rob Glaser, the pull-no-punches founder of RealNetworks Inc., on Wednesday announced his resignation as chief executive. The Seattle pioneer of online media said it appointed general counsel Robert Kimball as interim CEO while its board seeks a permanent replacement. RealNetworks operates Rhapsody, an online music service that it jointly owns with Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks, as well as RealArcade, a site for casual games. The company developed one of the first Internet music players, RealAudio, in 1995.
June 29, 2009 |
In his memoir, former CIA Director George J. Tenet described the agency's first course of action in a crisis. "Despite what Hollywood might have you believe," Tenet wrote, "you don't call in the tough guys; you call in the lawyers." For more than three decades, that almost always has meant making a call to John A. Rizzo. The acting general counsel at the CIA, Rizzo has guided generations of agency leaders on the legal contours of clandestine operations and the often-ensuing investigations.
April 1, 2009 |
The Treasury Department should deny American International Group Inc. $30 billion in bailout funds until the company agrees to take back millions in bonuses and negotiate cheaper exits from its financial contracts, congressional auditors said Tuesday. The Treasury and the Federal Reserve have committed more than $182 billion to save AIG, and the Treasury now owns nearly 80% of the New York company. Experts warn the insurance giant may require more money.
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March 17, 2009 |
In an attempt to win sanctions against a former top Bush administration official over brutal interrogations of prisoners at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, a lawyers group deployed a strategy Monday that worked against Presidents Nixon and Clinton. Former Defense Department General Counsel William J.