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About advertising, ethics and legality

Lately it has come to my attention that in the news programs, the news presentators make publicity as if it were part of the news they present. For instance Matias Prats (a well known spanish news presentator), after telling all the last news about war and political conflicts, would try to sell products of some insurance company.

I don’t know about you, but I find this rather shocking: I have always thought that these kind of programs should just give you the news, what they tell you is supposed to be true, so whatever this person tells you, when he tells you that this or that company is the best to insure your car, HAS MORE CREDIBILITY.

I’m sure that the firms who pay for this advertising do this with the intention to use this addes credibility of an advertisement within a news program. Is this bad faith? Can they use a news program for commercial purposes, using the same news presentator for this as if it were just another news item???

Obviously publicity, advertising and commercial have their own rules, and we are free to believe whatever they want us to believe, but is it admissible and ethical when they use the news program for this?



“The testament”, another one of my favourite books

by John Grisham, master in legal novels.

Troy Phelan, an eccentric elderly billionaire, commits suicide minutes after leaving his vast fortune to an illegitimate daughter, Rachel Lane, instead of his six children by three marriages. His reason is revulsion over years of fighting with, and embarrassment from, his family, as well as their greed — much of which was due to his neglect of his children and multiple affairs (both personal and business).

His lawyers are now tasked with protecting Troy’s wishes as well as finding the heiress. Nate O’Riley, a high-powered litigation lawyer and now recovering alcoholic, is sent to Brazil, where Rachel is believed to be living as a missionary.

I enjoyed this one from page one right to the end…




Justice is open…

Justice is open to everyone in the same way as the Ritz Hotel


Quote of Judge Sturgess

Recently the Spanish government approved a law of judicial or court fees, obliging anyone who wants to present a case in court to pay a certain fee.

There are two reasons for this law, one obviously is financial, the spanish government is desperately trying to get money anywhere; the other reason is that the spanish government would try to stop people to litigate for nonsense reasons.

But whatever the reason, justice seems to be a luxury now, only available for who can afford it…

about law and justice

People usually think they are not involved in the legal and judicial system; HUGE MISTAKE!!!

Law and justice is everywhere, and almost everything you do has or may have legal consecuences.

Buying bread at the bakery means consenting in a purchase contract. You buy and pay a price, and the baker sells you bread. If you don’t pay the baker has the legal right to claim what you owe him, if he doesn’t give you the bread you also may claim that he fulfills his part of the contract; and if the bread he sells you somehow is not up to the current standard you also have a legal basis for a claim…

You cannot escape from the legal system, you’re just in the middle…

Obviously 99,99% of comercial or legal operations don’t go to court, but everyone at some point in life needs legal assistance.

This is where we or other lawyers may help you. Find someone you feel comfortable with, whom you feel you can trust.

Ask around and follow your instinct.


the brethren

of John Grisham, one of my favourites.

Three former judges (known as “The Brethren”) incarcerated at Trumble, a fictional, federal minimum security prison, develop a scam to blackmail wealthy closeted gay men. With the help of their lawyer, Trevor Carson, they transfer their ill-gotten money to a secret bank account.

Meanwhile, Teddy Maynard, the ruthless and soon-to-retire director of the CIA, is orchestrating a scheme to control the USA presidential election. Aaron Lake, a strongly pro-defense expenditure candidate has been identified and Maynard is determined to control him – and then get him elected.

A fantastic book totally recommendable; what I don’t understand is why this one has not been turned into a movie yet!


lawyer movies

Just a list of the best lawyer movies ever (not necessarily in this order, and not complete):

  • To kill a mocking bird
  • 12 angry men
  • Chicago
  • Anatomy of a murder
  • Philadelphia
  • Erin Brockovitch
  • Primal Fear
  • A few good men
  • My cousin Vinny
  • The firm
  • Presumed innocent

Which one is the best?

“Lawyers, I suppose, were children once”

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once

Quote of  Charles Lamb  Read – Yes, I was a child once, and never thought I would be a lawyer. As a matter of fact I didn’t have any interest in law or anything to do with this. I studied to be an art teacher, I loved drawing and working with textile. As a matter of fact I still do.

Like happens often, I ended up a lawyer just by chance…