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The Southwestern Company: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt CorrespondenceErsun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter
When a law firm allows itself to be used as a mouthpiece to transmit knowingly false information on the behalf of a client, that law firm itself is tarnished.
(EUGENE, Ore.) - Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, the Oregon law firm representing The Southwestern Company continues to send letters making increasingly shrill and inaccurate demands concerning the ongoing expose of The Southwestern Company’s business practices.
The latest letter contains the inaccurate claim that I have “accused” the Southwestern Company of “RICO violations.”
To be specific, and I quote: “Potential RICO violations committed by the Southwestern Company include illegal immigration violations under U.S. Code Title 18 Sec. 1546, and money laundering violations under Title 18 Sec. 1960.”
I have not accused the Southwestern Company of any RICO violations, nor should such an accusation be insinuated. However, the potential clearly exists, and it is not inaccurate to draw attention to it.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt have now upped their threats against me with allusions to potential “liability damages.”
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt describe my allegations as “outlandish,” “beyond the pale,” and “having no basis in fact.”
An “authentic retraction and public apology” are demanded.
I flatly refuse this demand, which itself is based on a position that has no basis in law or fact.
I would suggest that Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt do some actual research into the activities of the Southwestern Company before they further tarnish their reputation in this State.
Attempting to suppress the free speech of a news organization that is doing a public service by exposing a company that is violating the laws of this State does not win Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt a lot of credibility in my mind. I expect that many reasonable individuals would feel the same way.
While everyone is entitled to legal representation, they are not entitled to representation by any particular law firm. The clients that a law firm chooses to represent, and the actions that they engage in while representing those clients, certainly reflect on the ethics and values of the firm representing them.
When a law firm allows itself to be used as a mouthpiece to transmit knowingly false information on the behalf of a client, that law firm itself is tarnished, and loses respect in the public eye. I would strongly suggest to Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt that they reassess their role in this situation, and actually look into the facts, before they take any further actions that could have a permanent adverse effect on the reputation of their firm.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Letters:
February 26, 2010 Southwestern Company Articles: Retraction: The Southwestern Company - Part 1: Corporate Mafia
Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter Ersun Warncke is a native Oregonian. He has a degree in Economics from Portland State University and studied Law at University of Oregon. At a young age, his career spans a wide variety of fields, from fast food, to union labor, to computer programming. He has published works concerning economics, business, government, and media on blogs for several years. He currently works as an independent software designer specializing in web based applications, open source software, and peer-to-peer (P2P) applications.
Ersun describes his writing as being "in the language of the boardroom from the perspective of the shop floor." He adds that "he has no education in journalism other than reading Hunter S. Thompson." But along with life comes the real experience that indeed creates quality writers. Right now, every detail that can help the general public get ahead in life financially, is of paramount importance.
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