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Act 135: It's All About Doug
He lost the case. His client probably paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars, they followed his advice, and now they'll forever be known as The Company That Sucks. (The case is featured in the Intellectual Property sections of law school textbooks.) His firm will always be remembered as a bunch of overbearing thugs, the kind of attorneys that give lawyers everywhere a bad name.
But that's all OK with Doug Sprinkle because, he says, he's been able to exploit the unsavory reputation he earned as result of the case, and he's turned it into lots of money. (I'm guessing that he didn't use this unexpected windfall to reimburse the Taubman Company for the fees he charged them to expose them to such universal ridicule.)
I know all this, by the way, because that's what he told me. More than seven years after my last entry on this website, and more than ten years after he lost the case, Doug sent me this email to make sure I knew how much he's prospered as direct result of the way I portrayed him on these pages.
Paul Levy, the Public Citizen attorney who won the case, was surprised to learn that his nemesis had resurfaced. He wrote about it on the Consumer Law & Policy Blog. Interesting perspective, I think you'll enjoy reading Paul's article.
I keep thinking that nothing more could happen that relates to this case, but events keep proving me wrong. So instead of saying that I'm signing off for good, let me just say: Bye for now, see you next time!
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