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July 11, 2014

In The News Today – July 11, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department released details of a contract which showed that the government of Ecuador is paying more than $6.4 million for the services of two U.S. public relations firms, to help “combat the activities of multi-national organizations and corporations to diminish the reputation of Ecuador.” The contract reveals that “New York-based PR firm MCSquared has been working for the South American country since last year, and began partnering on the contract in December with Fitzgibbon Media — a firm that represents Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who received asylum in Ecuador.” (The Hill)

A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously affirmed that “Taco Bell was not vicariously liable for unauthorized text messages” that were allegedly sent to thousands of people as part of a promotion orchestrated by the Chicago Area Taco Bell Local Owners Advertising Association and its partners. This ruling gives a boost to “companies’ efforts to quash Telephone Consumer Protection Act suits over communications they didn’t send or authorize,” according to Law360. (Law360)

A plaintiffs firm that has sued General Motors Co. over accidents related to an ignition switch defect is continuing to file lawsuits “even as its clients prepare to make claims against” GM’s compensation fund. “We’re going to file suit in every case, and then submit claims to the fund, and then do an evaluation,” Beasley Allen founding shareholder Jere Beasley said. (National Law Journal)

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