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Today's (Dec. 8) Wall Street Journal says that "according to people familiar with the situation," scandal-plagued golfer Tiger Woods has hired Los Angeles law firm Lavely & Singer for damage control. The firm, Woods, and one of his alleged paramours declined to comment to the Journal. Earlier this year, the Reader asked Platinum Equity, owner of the Union-Tribune, to comment on civil lawsuits which charged that Platinum fostered a "sexually charged atmosphere," and executives had improper relationships with female employees. The suits were dismissed, but neither side would say why. There had been settlement discussions in one suit. The Reader received a threatening letter from Martin Singer of the Lavely & Singer firm, warning of "potentially astronomical damages" if the Reader went ahead with the story of the suits, which were a matter of public record. Singer also claimed that his warning letter was "not for publication or other use." The Reader printed the story, which was balanced, and Singer's letter in its entirety. Other publications have also printed Singer's threatening letters, often made on behalf of Hollywood personalities.

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thestoryteller Dec. 9, 2009 @ 1 a.m.

Well, good for the Reader. They should have run it next to an avatar featuring a big middle finger.

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Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2009 @ 7:35 a.m.

Response to post #1: We ran it next to a picture of lawyer Singer. At the time, the law firm's own website was boasting that Singer is called "Mad Dog." Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 9, 2009 @ 8:02 a.m.

Marty is playing mouth piece for Nick Cage and a lawsuit that his ex filed yesterday in LA Superior Court.

I think Singer is the male version of Gloria Allred-a person whojust loves media attention, feeds off of it, it's their only reason to live!

http://s3.amazonaws.com/giles/bot_093008/attention_whore.jpg

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Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2009 @ 10:14 a.m.

Response to post #3: That may well be true. He gets his attention by threatening to sue the media if they denigrate his movie star clients. There is, however, something called the First Amendment. Why did Platinum Equity, which owns a newspaper, hire such a lawyer? Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Dec. 9, 2009 @ 1:48 p.m.

They say birds of a feather flock together.. sounds like Tiger found a match.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 9, 2009 @ 1:58 p.m.

There is, however, something called the First Amendment. Why did Platinum Equity, which owns a newspaper, hire such a lawyer?

Marty Singer has su h a bad reputation that you have to wonder why ANYONE hires the guy. He is a complete phony. All he does is bluff. I would like to know if he has ever actually filed a claim-any claim- and taken it to trial. My feeling is no.

He also seems to have skipped law school class the day they reviewed SLAPP lawsutis too.

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Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2009 @ 2 p.m.

Response to post #5: Remember, the Journal has quoted "people familiar with the situation" and Lavely & Singer, Woods, and the paramour that the law firm was allegedly hired to deal with have all refused to comment. The Wall Street Journal is quite responsible, though. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2009 @ 2:04 p.m.

Response to post #6: It seems to me that somebody checked it out and told me that there was no record of Singer trying a lawsuit. Possibly there is a comment to that effect with the stories that ran earlier this year. It's just something that is rattling around my addled and admittedly aged mind. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Dec. 9, 2009 @ 7:16 p.m.

Marty Singer has su h a bad reputation that you have to wonder why ANYONE hires the guy. He is a complete phony. All he does is bluff.

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Martindale Hubbell gave Singer its highest rating, an indication his law peers believe he possesses preeminent legal abilities.

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Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2009 @ 9:04 p.m.

Response to post #9: Lawyers often have glowing opinions of other lawyers that are not shared by non-lawyers. Best, Don Bauder

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