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Dan Marino: ‘Sue the NFL? Not Me!’

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Even the greats need crisis comms help. 

Poor Dan Marino. Poor, hapless, no-Super-Bowl-ring-earning, Hall-of-Fame-jacket-wearing, no-clue-having Dan Marino.

I sure hope all that tackle football didn’t mess with his head like it did to his former colleagues in the class-action lawsuit brought against the NFL. According to court documents filed last week in Philadelphia, Marino joined 14 other former players in filing the newest federal case.

Upon hearing the news, Dan Marino quickly disputed his status as poster boy for the suit, which alleges that the former players never got the facts about concussions in the NFL.

To wit, he said, “Count me out, bro.”

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Another Donald Sterling Lawsuit: Different Chick; Same Shtick

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I’m fat and happy. Thanks, NBA!

Just when you thought the world would leave accused serial bigot, philanderer and new billionaire Donald Sterling alone comes this report (from TMZ, no less).

Apparently, Donald Sterling has a history of racist commentary and sexual harassment.

It feels like only yesterday when one V. Stiviano adopted the persona of a Daft Punk backup dancer, recorded Sterling re-enacting a scene from ‘American History X’, and proceed to help the NBA  make him rich beyond his wildest dreams force him to sell the LA Clippers. That was a forced hurl off the cliff into a sea of prejudicial despair.

But, as we hear in game shows, there’s more…

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#PRWin? Elmo’s Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared of ‘Tickling’ Charges

kevin-clash-2-300The man whose voice became the clarion call of Sesame Street every time he laughed and sang “Elmo’s World” can finally mutter a sigh of relief.

Kevin Clash, 53, the man behind the furry faced myth, was officially cleared of sexual abuse charges in a U.S. Court of Appeals.

In 2012, Clash was accused of molesting multiple young men who asked him how to get to Sesame Street. Those allegations cause Clash to lose a job and children everywhere to lose a voice that been with them since infancy.

It was tragic news. Two years later (sad how some justice just isn’t that swift), he has been cleared of charges, but will the stain be cleared of his reputation?

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General Mills Completes Its Reversal on Arbitration Terms

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In the final chapter of a brief three-part exercise in damage control, General Mills has completed its 180-degree reversal on a failed plan to prevent future class action lawsuits by forcing consumers to resolve complaints via private arbitration.

After refusing to comment on a New York Times story that speculated as to whether the new terms would have forbidden all fans and followers from filing suit, the company attempted to clarify before dumping the effort entirely.

Over the weekend, GM’s director of external communications issued a statement in the form of a blog post which nicely demonstrates the difficulty of turning legal terms colloquial.

Key quotes and our translations after the jump.

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Chipotle May Need to Unwrap Its Crisis Plan for Unlawful Termination Lawsuit

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Chipotle is one of this nation’s most admired brands because of its dedication to natural food, catchy headlines, and eco-responsibility. To wit, you rarely hear about any drama in the house of the fatty (burrito).

Until now…

Meet Natasha Velez, 27, from Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She was a dedicated burrito aficionado until she was fired for allegedly recovering from domestic abuse and had “too many issues outside of work.”

Yeah, that’s the perception police on the white courtesy phone.

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Jack Daniel’s Challenging Competitors to a Branding/PR Fight

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Meanwhile around the cooler in the break room…

If you fancy an adult beverage, odds are you have imbibed in a high ball glass full of Jack Daniel’s burning smooth, corn-based recipe. And now that the 148-year-old, Tennessee-based whiskey distillery has a proprietary face and taste in the beverage industry, they want to keep it that way.

And so, Jack Daniel’s is taking the competition to court over the term “Tennessee Whiskey.” Because they can, in case you were wondering.

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Texas School Pays $77K for Kicking a Student’s Behind Out of the Closet to Her Mother

dont_mess_with_gay_texasIn 2009, a beatnik school district in east Texas committed a social faux-pas. In fact, the egregiousness of this redneck, knee-jerk, the-village-just-found-its-missing-idiot debacle cost Kilgore ISD more than $77,000. Why?

According to the Longview News-Journal, young softball player Skye Wyatt was confronted by two coaches and accused of a lesbian relationship. She denies it because she had a call from the united sisterhood of its none of their damn business. To wit, they called her mother to inform her that her daughter was gay.

Because that’s being a good teacher. Right? The following year, Skye files a lawsuit.

“It’s the worst bullying I’ve ever seen,” says attorney Paula Hinton, who represented Skye pro bono along with Jennifer Doan and the Texas Civil Rights Project. ”Not only has this girl been outed to her mother and thrown off the softball team where she was a great player, the school organizes this ‘mean girls style attack’ and submits these horrible affidavits.”

So, Kilgore ISD got its Lone Star behind handed to them. In addition to getting spanked for 77 LARGE, the district will institute training sessions for employees, as well as updating its handbooks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation more clearly.

Still no word on the neck discoloration — all that red and stuff.

Lindsay Lohan Sues Grand Theft Auto V

Art imitating life -- if ever there was an example.

Art imitating life — if ever there was an example.

In what has to be a dire attempt to get back in the spotlight comes teen-star turned crack-ho trollop Lindsay Lohan. She has nothing better to do these days than … well, lines … so I’m sure she and her near-out-of-work publicist are taking in a few video games to pass the time.

And that’s when the epiphany struck and a PR story was born.

Broken by trash diggers and snoop shooters TMZ.com, “LiLo” (as the kids in rehab call her) insists that’s her on the game and no one asked her permission to use her image. There’s even part of a game that “features a mission where a Lindsay Lohan look-alike asks the player to take her home and escape the paparazzi.” So, naturally, the report is the former ‘Mean Girl’ wants to sue Rockstar Games for a truckload of cash.

Rumor is Lohan also noticed GTAV also features a mission at a hotel resembling Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood — a place where Lohan visits often and lived for a period of time. No word on if this mysterious character goes on a cocaine binge in the game, but reporters are digging.

Condé Nast Kills Its (Unpaid) Internship Program

MID-conde-nast-sunrise-226x300This morning WWD learned that its parent company Condé Nast has decided to put the kibosh on all that bad publicity by killing its internship program dead. The company gave no comment or explanation for its decision, but we have a feeling it might have something to do with the summer lawsuit filed by two interns angry over making “less than $1 an hour” at the company. At first Condé simply decided to stop paying its lackeys altogether, but the risk apparently remained too great despite the fact that an identical class action suit against Hearst didn’t go anywhere in the end.

It’s time to re-evaluate the concept of internships. They’re supposed to provide equal opportunity career paths for talented, ambitious young students who can afford to work without getting paid, but they’re more often just a way to get entry-level work done without spending any money on hiring or benefits or any of the other annoying stuff that comes with, you know, running a for-profit business.

The Department of Labor considers internships “employment” (which must be fairly compensated under the law) unless said positions meet a list of strict requirements, so maybe Condé is simply acknowledging the fact that its internships will never meet those criteria. The more likely explanation is that someone determined that the work isn’t worth the headache. No winners here.

Merrill Lynch Settles Largest Racial Discrimination Suit in History

Could there be a less fortunate day on which to announce the settlement of the largest racial discrimination suit ever filed against an American employer?

That’s a no. The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington brings news (technically released last night) that big boy Wall Street brokerage firm Merrill Lynch finally settled the class action suit filed by more than 700 black brokers approximately eight years ago. The total of $160 million, to be divided among affected individuals who’ve worked with the company since 2001, stands as a confirmation of allegations that managers ignored the concerned parties, who were “ostracized by co-workers” and essentially forced into “poor producer” status.

Lynch’s first black CEO, E. Stanley O’Neal, even admitted that black employees rarely got the best work. Why? Because most clients were white and “might not trust” brokers who weren’t.

Wow. That’s what we call “a cultural issue”, not to mention a massive PR problem.

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