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Posts Tagged ‘Stuart Pfeifer’

LA Times Drops the Hammer on Lehman Brothers

The Los Angeles Times reporter trio of Walter Hamilton, Andrew Tangel and Stuart Pfeifer discovered that Lehman Brothers awarded nearly $700 million to 50 of its highest-paid employees before their 2008 collapse as detailed in an exclusive article Friday:

The documents, which were among the millions of pages submitted in Lehman’s bankruptcy, show the list of top earners each were pledged $8 million to $51 million in cash, stock and other compensation. How much, if any, of the stock was cashed in before the bankruptcy wiped out its value couldn’t be determined.

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1-800-GET-THIN Fires Back at LA Times

The Los Angeles Times wrote a story Friday about the death of 55-year-old Paula Rojeski, the latest victim of the controversial Lap-Band procedure.

According to reporter Stuart Pfeifer, Rojeski was “the fifth person to die shortly after Lap-Band procedures at clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign since 2009, according to lawsuits, coroner’s records and interviews.”

This latest article didn’t sit well with the folks at 1-800-GET-THIN, who fired back at the LAT in a scathing press release:

“Please consider the following as clarifications to the Los Angeles Times article as well as other misconceptions:

1 800 GET THIN is a marketing company. 1 800 GET THIN did not refer Ms. Rojeski for surgery. 1 800 GET THIN does not practice medicine or provide medical care.

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LA Times Responds to Latest 1-800-GET-THIN Complaint

Ahead of a scheduled August 1 hearing, the LA Times has filed a July 11 response to the latest accusations made in U.S. District Court by marketing company 1-800-GET-THIN LLC. Among the dozens of legal precedents cited by the newspaper’s attorneys are cases involving the New York Times, Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, and Hearst Corporation.

In a previous document footnote, the LA Times suggested that surgeon brothers Julian and Michael Omidi, who advertise their Beverly Hills lap-band weight loss procedure services through 1-800-GET-THIN, engage in “scorched-earth litigation” against anyone who criticizes their “surgery-mill business.” The July 11 main argument summary section put forth by Times attorneys begins as follows:

In its increasingly desperate bid to keep some lawsuit alive against the Times defendants, plaintiff is asking this court to permit it to file yet another amended complaint—this time, to add wholly frivolous anti-trust and RICO claims against the Times, reporter Stuart Pfeifer, and columnist Michael Hiltzik; and to drastically rewrite its baseless Lanham Act claims to allege the same convoluted “advertising conspiracy” theory that was already addressed in the parties’ briefing on defendants pending motion to dismiss… Their “Whack-a-Mole” legal strategy should be stopped…

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No Love Lost in Crazy LA Times Lawsuit

On February 14, 2010—Valentine’s Day—LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik shared the first of several investigative pieces about a Beverly Hills outfit marketing lap-band gastric bypass under the easy-to-remember call-in number 1-800-Get-Thin. He ended the article with information about a woman who was charged $15,000 in advance on her credit card by TopSurgeons for surgery she says she never agreed to, forcing her to go to court to win back a $3,000 “cancellation fee.”

A year later, via a lawsuit filed against the LA Times July 1 in U.S. District Court, 1-800-GET-THIN LLC is making its own explosive allegations. Among the marketing company’s contentions is the charge that Hiltzik posed as other people to comment on his own articles on the LATimes.com website*:

On February 14, 2010, a “blogger” named “snapshots” published the following on LATimes.com: “Thank you for researching what could very well be a public health and personal financial risk to many…”

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LAT in 90 Seconds

bacastu.jpgThe Man Behind Paris’s Short-Lived Freedom: OC denizen Stuart Pfeifer profiles Sheriff Lee Baca, in which Baca appears both as a level-headed humanitarian and an incompetent nut job.

burn.jpg Burning Up for Burnett: On the Lot blows, but uber-producer and devil-pact-maker Mark Burnett manages to elude any real criticism in this Scott Collins column.

sod.jpgBecause Working At Work Would Be A Waste Of Your Time: The LAT’s Online Sudoku game now features notations, a hints mode and — this part is particularly awesome — a conflict eliminator. We’re sure there are other good stories for us to be riffing on in the paper, but we won’t be getting to them — or anything else — today.