Has the people’s car lost its volk?

I am one of the Volk – the millions of consumers who are impacted by the Volkwagen scandal. Before buying my 2011 diesel Jetta, I read reviews and talked to an engineer friend, looking for assurance that this car would be good on gas mileage and emissions (my other...

Going to court versus settlement

The Kleiner Perkins litigation shows there is more to a case than a favorable jury verdict. A former general counsel recently asked me about the discrimination suit that Ellen Pao brought against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Wouldn’t it...

There is no such thing as an Internet Eraser

If you or your company has ever been the subject of an allegation such as a whistleblower claim, a product recall, or a false accusation, then you know the Internet is an unforgiving place. Errors can compound, while unfavorable stories pile up like a multi-car...
Image, Name, Likeness Rule Means Reputations Matter

Image, Name, Likeness Rule Means Reputations Matter

It didn’t take long for the NCAA’s new rule allowing amateur athletes to earn income based on their Image, Name and Likeness (“INL”) to upset the power structure in college sports. Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban accused Jimbo Fisher at Texas A & M,...