Thursday, November 1, 2012

Conflicts (Senatorial, Alleged or Otherwise) Making News

"NFLPA fights to keep Paul Tagliabue from hearing bounty appeals"
  • “In a statement, the NFLPA said Tagliabue's involvement is a conflict of interest because the former NFL commissioner works for a law firm that has handled bounty-related matters for the league, and represented current Commissioner Roger Goodell in a defamation lawsuit by one of the four players, Jonathan Vilma.”
"Ex-senator backs out of San Bruno blast talks"
  • “Former Sen. George Mitchell and his law firm have offered to withdraw as mediator in talks over how much Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should be fined for the San Bruno pipeline explosion after the city and consumer watchdog groups voiced their opposition, officials said Thursday… City officials and consumer groups said the law firm represents an insurance carrier for PG&E, which they called a conflict of interest…Jackson and Long said utilities commission officials had told them that they would convey their continued opposition to DLA Piper, thus making the firm's withdrawal official.”
"Danforth's tie with law firm may tinge History Museum role"
  • “Danforth is a law partner at Bryan Cave, the same firm that has enjoyed a long business relationship with the museum. The firm counseled the History Museum in the controversial land deal with former Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., and has performed the studies that have helped justify President Robert Archibald's compensation… Danforth says there is no conflict of interest…The mayor and county executive didn't ask him to investigate the property purchase or executive pay, he points out. They asked him to broker a deal between the History Museum's government-appointed commission and its nonprofit board of trustees.”

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