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And the Oscar goes to … the wrong film

PwC, the global accounting powerhouse that has been counting the Academy Award ballots since the 1930s, made a pretty big mistake when a company executive handed Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope at the end of the telecast Sunday night. But they atoned pretty darn well from that point forward, and quickly turned the page by simply taking responsibility and apologizing – something rare in this day and age.

When the story blew up on social, PwC acted quickly to apologize in the same venue. With 164,000 Twitter followers and a full night of live tweets from the Red Carpet already posted, PwC couldn’t hide. Instead, they promptly posted an apology and took responsibility. Many companies would have waited until all the facts were known, an understandable…

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Preparing for the Trump Twitter storm

While Twitter itself may be saved by President Trump’s frequent use, some companies have growing concerns about how his Tweets could negatively impact their business. Preparing a contingency plan to help guide responses and actions following a Trump Twitter targeting is now a reality nearly every organization must face.

Here’s a few tips:

Face the reality. Think it won’t happen to you? Think again. It’s happened to individuals and companies of all sizes. It can have a significant impact, even across an entire industry: Airline stocks fell 29 percent after the Executive Order on immigration.

Ask some hard questions. In what situations would you take a stand against negative commentary targeting your company? How would you do it without making the situation…

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Turbulence ahead: Navigating the travel ban

Less than two weeks into the new administration, shockwaves are being created at the nation’s airports over last week’s executive order to ban travel into the U.S. by refugees or by citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The order targets three groups: refugees from any country, who are blocked from entering the United States for the next 120 days; refugees from Syria, who are barred indefinitely; and citizens from the aforementioned seven countries, who are precluded from entering the United States for at least 90 days.

Fallout from the order has been swift and widespread. Protests at airports across the country have erupted, some peaceful and others not so much. And no end to them appears to be in sight,…

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Safety at the airport: It’s not just after you get through security anymore

Last week, as I was putting the finishing touches on a presentation I am doing on handling communications around an active shooter situation for the Airports Council International (ACI) trade association’s annual gathering of risk managers, I suddenly had a bunch of new material to discuss after Friday’s tragic events in Fort Lauderdale.

Unfortunately, airports are becoming increasingly common targets for violence, and their exposure points are being uncovered by those who seek to do harm to innocent people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. From Brussels to Los Angeles and Oklahoma City to Fort Lauderdale, travelers are finding themselves in harm’s way outside of established secure zones.

While TSA officials, airports and airlines have done a…

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Ruling may make plaintiffs’ attorneys think twice

The recent ruling by retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Burt Griffin is a victory for any defendant who has been victimized by the plaintiffs’ bar’s use of the media to inappropriately influence the course of active litigation. Despite howls from plaintiffs’ attorneys about how this ruling subverts First Amendment rights and free speech, this practice is exceedingly common and has nothing to do with something as noble as the “public’s right to know.” It’s all about influencing the outcome of a potential trial or settlement negotiations, which of course is about money, which is primarly what the plaintiffs’ bar is after.

Not unlike filing a defamatory and frivolous lawsuit in the first place, plaintiffs’ attorneys commonly take the extra step to seed with…

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