Today marks one year since Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire of the Alabama Media Group broke the story about the Oliver Robinson bribery scandal. Now for an update. The indicted Balch & Bingham partners, Steven McKinney and Joel I. Gilbert, lost a preliminary court fight, and will head to a criminal jury … Continue reading A year later, Balch Partners Headed to Criminal Trial
In October, days after two Balch & Bingham partners were indicted in a bribery scheme, half of Balch’s paying lobbying clients in D.C. dumped the firm. In January, after annual checks were cut for Balch partners, 10 money-making Balch partners left the firm, a major exodus. Why? They saw risk, third-party risk. An anonymous source, … Continue reading Balch’s Doomsday Machine: Third-Party Risk
With Southern Company apparently violating its own compliance policy while being engulfed in a grave third-party risk crisis because of their sister-wife relationship with Balch & Bingham (only two weeks before their annual shareholders meeting), we reached out yesterday to two of Balch & Bingham’s most profitable D.C. lobbying clients for 2018: Marathon Petroleum and … Continue reading Will Marathon and Northern Star Provide a Voice?
Today marks the one year anniversary when Schuyler Allen Baker, Jr., the lead attorney and Balch & Bingham partner in the Newsome Conspiracy Case, lied about us, the CDLU, in a motion to seal all future depositions. Stupidity at its highest, Schuyler demonstrated unequivocally that he did not know us and gave us, an outside party, … Continue reading Stupidity at its Highest
Our hottest two posts read on Wall Street and in Washington, DC in the past week have been about Southern Company and the third party risk of Balch and Bingham. The reality is severely regulated companies like Southern Company cannot afford to have a third-party vendor that engages in alleged unscrupulous, racist, or criminal activities. … Continue reading Southern Company and the Third Party Tidal Wave
Today marks 250 days since Judge Carole Smitherman created the unconstitutional and secretive Star Chamber to allegedly shield Balch & Bingham from public exposure in the horrific Newsome Conspiracy Case. We actually feel sorry for Schuyler Allen Baker, Jr., the lead Balch & Bingham attorney on the case, who fought for the foolish Star Chamber … Continue reading 250 Days of Darkness and the Mouse that Roared in Silence
The legal team representing Burt Newsome, the sole-practitioner attorney that was allegedly wrongly targeted, falsely arrested, and defamed in an alleged conspiracy spearheaded by a Balch & Bingham partner, has met with prominent and respected RICO attorneys outside Alabama, including a former U.S. Attorney whose “mouth-dropped” by the alleged criminal behavior, according to anonymous sources. … Continue reading RICO Suit and No Confidence at Southern Company
When Balch & Bingham announced their first-ever Chief Compliance Officer, Stephen Feaga, we applauded the firm’s decision with high praise and kudos. And we still do. Although Feaga has been quietly working in the background for almost five months, we have spoken to people in the the legal community, law enforcement officials, and esteemed members … Continue reading Pillar of Integrity: Balch & Bingham’s Stephen Feaga
Even a jury will understand that doesn’t sound like professional legal services, does it? Regardless of how one feels about the coal industry, electric utility sector, pollution, or the environment, the issue that will rise to the front of the madness of the alleged suppression of African-Americans in North Birmingham will be the Third-Party Risk … Continue reading Third-Party Risk: Drummond’s Defense; Southern Company’s Failure
Politico.com reports that HealthSouth Corporation (now called Encompass Health), the largest rehabilitation services company in the nation, has terminated Balch & Bingham as their DC lobbyists. This is earth-shattering news in Birmingham, as Encompass Health is one of the top companies in the region. The hemorrhaging at Balch continues. Last June, the office of Encompass … Continue reading HealthSouth Terminates Balch as DC Lobbyists
Our high-level sources confirmed yesterday evening that the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Defense is looking at Black Hall Aerospace, Inc. a/k/a AAL USA, Inc., the Russian-linked aerospace company for which Balch & Bingham had successfully changed Russian sanctions. We hope the OIG takes a deeper look at Balch & Bingham’s influence peddling … Continue reading Did Balch & Bingham’s Deception Lead to OIG Probe?
Late last night, The New York Times posted a bombshell story after obtaining questions that Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, wants to ask President Trump including: “What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding Russian sanctions?” The New York Times writes, “Even as the Obama administration stepped … Continue reading Special Counsel Eyes Russian Sanctions
Institutional investors and Wall Street analysts are keenly aware of third-party risks and the ability of major corporations to manage them. Right now, Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning is under a microscope for his company’s incestuous relationship with Balch & Bingham, the embattled law firm that saw two partners indicted last September in an alleged … Continue reading Southern Company and Balch’s Third-Party Risk
In January, we reported how 2017 was a bad lobbying year in Washington, DC for Balch & Bingham who lost half of their paying clients, and one of their top lobbyists in October. Now, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Balch appears to be faring worse: only generating $130,000 in fees as of April … Continue reading Did Southern Company Dump Balch as their DC Lobbyists?
“After [the CDLU] pointed this out, Kerr took a long pause before going full Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ‘We reviewed the information. I have no concerns about anything inappropriate.’” The Root In our call with Jim Kerr, the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Southern Company, after he said that Southern would do nothing about … Continue reading Southern Company’s 5 Seconds of Silence Turns Into Loud Explosion