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The Putrid Plecostomus Award


pronounced (pluh - cost - tuh - mus)

"In the aquarium, this dark colored bottom-feeding nocturnal catfish is often purchased for its ability to clean algae from fish tanks. Being nocturnal, they usually avoid light and like to hide in dark places, coming out to feed at night. However, in aquaria, they can easily learn to be active in the daytime. They are hardy fish and can tolerate a range of conditions. In their natural habitat, this species feeds on algae, aquatic weeds and other plant matter and small crustaceans."
Source: Wikipedia

 

 

 

Bottom-Feeder

bot·tom–feed·er

  1. : a fish that feeds at the bottom
  2. : one that is of the lowest status or rank
  3. : an opportunist who seeks quick profit usually at the expense of others or from their misfortune (e. g., corporate lawyers)
Source: Merriam-Webster On-Line Dictionary


We award the Putrid Plecostomus Award to those corporate law firms and supporting companies that go over and beyond the usual ethical violations we describe and abhor. The law firms and supporting companies are responsible for the actions of their employees. We do not take this responsibility lightly. Enough chit-chat; let the awards begin.

We do note that we have received one formal complaint concerning this award.


                               


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, of New York City
Kenneth A. Plevan, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, of New York City, leads his firm to our very First Award of the Putrid Plecostomus to a law firm for sinking lower than the call of duty. Their client, Bumble and bumble Products, of course gets an unhonorable mention. Kudos to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, of New York City for in principle admitting their client was in the wrong and then dragging out the settlement taking advantage of a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) small business whose owner is very sick and can't afford good representation (applause, please). Kenneth A. Plevan, you are a sorry S.O.B. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, you are a low-life law firm.

                               

Andrew S. MacKay, a partner at Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, with three offices in the Oakland, California area, leads his firm to our Second Award of the Putrid Plecostomus to a law firm for sinking lower than the call of duty. Their client, Autodesk, convinced Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, or was convinced by them, to ignore court decisions in their circuit so all could go merrily upon their way trampling upon the rights of sellers. Sir Andrew of the Thin Skin has little liking for those who insinuate perjury and threatens them with a temper tantrum if they don't stop. (applause, please). Andrew SorryAss MacKay, we are still awaiting your lawsuit.
Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, with three offices in the Oakland, California area

                               

Continental

Enterprises
Darlene Seymour, Esquire, in-house counsel for Continental Enterprises, who are, in our opinion, extortionists, not cyber-cops. She regularly files federal lawsuits in state courts. Why? We think she's either an idiot, or trying to snooker the defendants, or an unethical lawyer who is trying to save on filing fees. We consider her to be the personification of a bottom-feeder. Proof that today's women corporate lawyers can be as sleazy, or more, than their male counterparts. Our congratulations to Darlene Seymour (hearty applause, please).

                               

Embroidery Software Protection Coalition, and their "Counsel", Carole A. Faulkner, and Martin Favre, the Director of the Embroidery Software Protection Coalition and the President of Bernina USA. They are engaged in what we call copyright extortion. This is where a copyright owner threatens to sue someone if they do not pay a prescribed sum to the copyright owner, or its representative. In this case, the typical victims are Work At Home Moms (WAHM), aunts and grandmothers on social security whose sin was to innocently purchase embroidery cards that were not authentic. (hearty, hearty applause, please). Embroidery Software Protection Coalition (ESPC)

                               

Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, of Santa Monica, California, brought to you by their perjurous associate Jennifer McGrath, while representing another member of Tabberone's Trademark & Copyright Abusers' Hall of Shame, Merle Norman Cosmetics. They are here because they either committed perjury or condoned (and/or ignored) the perjury of Jennifer McGrath when she falsely claimed in an NOCI to eBay that re-selling unopened, unused Merle Norman Cosmetics was a violation of FDA regulations and contrary to eBay's Drugs and Paraphernalia Policy. (very hearty, hearty applause, please).

                               

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