November 2010

American isn't f***ed: Hugh Macleod

hugh-picture.jpgRather than explain the details of Hugh's latest comments on Gapingvoid, both for their colorful language, but also because I can not say it better than he has, I'll leave it to him to explain why America is still really in pretty good shape.  I'll link to it here and here, "American isn't f****d" to let you read the pearls he's strewn about on his site.  Basically, we are only as screwed as we think we are.  And I say we're not...and when it comes right down to it, what other choice do we have? And if you understand why we, as Americans are not screwed, then you are already ahead of the game.  If you already think we're screwed, then it's been nice knowing you.

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Is winning in a Chinese court possible? Of course it is...

gavel.jpgIs winning in a Chinese court possible?  Yes, of course.  We managed it again today after a three judge panel was called to hear the political aspects of one of our most recent appeals victories.  It took a while, just over a year, which is not really that long when it comes to trial calendaring and such, but honest to goodness justice was done.  Amen.

A client was sued last November for just under USD 900,000 in an absurd and highly charged case that ended up on television and the media way more than we like.  Part of our ability to get things done here is to play by the rules and keep our heads down - but if you follow the in court protocols and you were following the law before you got dragged into court in the first place -- you can walk away with a clean and clear victory.

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Practicing law in Mainland China; life on the edge...

boat.jpgA few years ago, Thomas Friedman wrote a book called"Hot, Flat & Crowded" to help explain some of the changes going on out here in the world.  I am relatively certain that he had no intention to create any fear or misunderstanding that one could actually fall off the edge...

However, I am still amazed at the perceptions and ideas floating around out in the world.  Clients ask all the time what it is like living life out on the edge of the world.  As if ours were a reality disconnected from their own.  And I am here to tell you that we are not living on the edge.  Sure, our mail is delivered to a different zip code than you, if you happen to live in the United States or Europe.  

But we are not living 'on the edge' of anything.  In fact, we might be in the middle of what is really going on.  And that is what prompted this writing...  

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