A SCOTUS WIN, A PUBLIC TRIUMPH

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Issues adjudicated in the Supreme Court often involve the most publicly sensitive and explosive issues of our day. Those who wade into these waters have two worries. First, will the High Court rule our way? Second, how do we prevail in the larger debate swirling throughout the country even as the Justices deliberate? PROBLEM Shaun [...]

A GLOBAL MERGER SURMOUNTS MULTIFACETED OPPOSITION

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The best-laid acquisition plans can face fierce opposition from activist shareholders or other investors with widely different concerns and agendas. One group might contest the financial terms of the deal. Another group may launch equally resolute campaigns based on political considerations, or simply because they feel that investments in the developing world face too uncertain [...]

THE YEAR OF THE RECALL: LEAD PAINT IN TOYS

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Allegedly defective products are always brand-threatening, but recent crises take on additional danger as problems are often traced to foreign countries, especially China, thus inciting even greater public anxiety. Dubbed the Year of the Recall, 2007 saw three major industries in crises–toys, pet food and spinach–that resulted in front-page coverage. LEVICK was a lead communications [...]

The Tragic Disappearance of Morgan Harrington

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On October 17, 2009, 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington disappeared after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia. Immediately thereafter, local and state authorities carried out what would be a months-long search for her whereabouts. PROBLEM  The Harrington family needed to ensure that volunteers, national media and anyone who may have had any information [...]

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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Guilt by association is an existential risk that can undermine the missions of the most dedicated institutions. Faced with just such a challenge, Special Olympics International took the proverbial bull by its horns. PROBLEM  Special Olympics International, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the unique gifts and dignity of people with intellectual disabilities, [...]