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weinstein scandal puts nondisclosure agreements in the spotlight – la times


harvey weinstein. bill o’reilly. roger ailes. bill cosby. the catholic church.all were able to skirt years and sometimes decades of allegations of sexual harassment or assault through the use of settlements or contracts that included nondisclosure agreements: legal provisions that swear employees or alleged victims to secrecy.those cases — and especially the unfolding weinstein scandal — have sparked criticism that the agreements allow powerful companies and individuals to stave off scrutiny and continue abusive practices. now, there is a move afoot to place clear restrictions on their use.last week, a group of weinstein co. employees, in a letter published by the new yorker last week, sought to be released from their signed nondisclosure agreements, or ndas."we ask that the company let us






weinstein co. terminating agreements that silence accusers; let's ban them altog


wouldn’t it be rich if harvey weinstein hastened the demise of the nondisclosure agreement, the very tool that allowed his serial abuse to remain cloaked in secrecy for decades?it’s not the legacy he imagined, but it would be … something.the weinstein co. has officially filed for bankruptcy, it announced late monday night, and in so doing, will terminate all nondisclosure agreements that prevented the hollywood producer’s alleged victims from speaking out about the abuse they suffered.“since october, it has been reported that harvey weinstein used nondisclosure agreements as a secret weapon to silence his accusers,” the company statement reads. “effective immediately, those ‘agreements’ end.“the company expressly releases any confidentiality provision to the extent it has prevented individ






weinstein scandal puts nondisclosure agreements in the spotlight


harvey weinstein. bill o’reilly. roger ailes. bill cosby. the catholic church.all were able to skirt years and sometimes decades of allegations of sexual harassment or assault through the use of settlements or contracts that included nondisclosure agreements: legal provisions that swear employees or alleged victims to secrecy.those cases — and especially the unfolding weinstein scandal — have sparked criticism that the agreements allow powerful companies and individuals to stave off scrutiny and continue abusive practices. now, there is a move afoot to place clear restrictions on their use.last week, a group of weinstein co. employees, in a letter published by the new yorker last week, sought to be released from their signed nondisclosure agreements, or ndas.“we ask that the company let us






chrissy teigen offers to pay $100,000 fine for mckayla maroney to speak out agai


due to nondisclosure agreement, former gymnast mckayla maroney would be fined $100,000 if she spoke out against larry nassar.        






wikileaks offers tech giants access to sourcecode for cia vault 7 exploits / boi


wikileaks' seismic vault 7 release didn't follow the usual wikileaks procedure: perhaps in response to earlier criticism, the organization redacted many of the files prior to their release, cutting names of cia operatives and the sourcecode for the cyber-weapons the cia had developed, which exploit widely used mobile devices, embedded systems, and operating systems. report this ad wikileaks has offered to share the sourcecode for those exploits with tech companies whose products were compromised, so they can develop patches for the underlying vulnerabilities. this is in line with the idea of "responsible disclosure": the security research community has had a lively, long-running debate on the best way to disclose vulnerabilities that could put users at risk. companies typically want to hav






accusers face risks in breaking nondisclosure agreements


chicago — details of alleged sexual assaults by hollywood mogul harvey weinstein, comedian bill cosby and other famous figures are now widely known in part because several accusers did something they promised in writing never to do: they talked publicly about their allegations.when those women spoke out, they broke nondisclosure agreements — contractual pledges not to discuss what happened that are common features of financial settlements. in doing so, they helped start a national discussion about sexual misconduct and showed that the agreements do not necessarily offer the same ironclad protection that for decades has shielded the rich and powerful.a look at how the agreements work and what can happen when accusers go public anyway:___what they arethe agreements amount to contracts to buy






trump attorney accuses daniels of violating nondisclosure agreement 20 times


michael cohen, president donald trump’s personal attorney, claims he has the right to seek at least $20 million in damages from porn star stormy daniels for allegedly violating a nondisclosure agreement 20 times.a lawyer for cohen’s limited liability corporation, essential consultants, made the claim in papers filed in federal court friday.cohen also intends to force the dispute with daniels, who alleges she was secretly paid to keep quiet about her affair with the president, out of the public eye and back into private arbitration, according to the court filing.in a separate document also filed friday, a lawyer representing trump said he agrees with the push to return the proceedings to arbitration, in which all proceedings are confidential.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital






trump attorney accuses stormy daniels of violating nondisclosure agreement 20 ti


stormy daniels offered on monday to pay president donald trump $130,000 to buy her way out of a contract that prohibits her from discussing their decade-old alleged affair, the latest jab in a legal and public relations battle surrounding the once-secret agreement. the porn star's lawyer, michael... (beth reinhard)






the latest: white house: arbitration won against porn star


los angeles — the latest on a lawsuit brought by a porn actress who claims she had sex with donald trump (all times local):1:15 p.m.the white house says president donald trump has already won an arbitration case against an adult film actress who says she had sex with trump and is suing to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement.press secretary sarah huckabee sanders declined wednesday to provide additional details, referring questions to trump's private attorney.the attorney, michael cohen, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.sanders says trump has made "very well clear" that none of the allegations are true. sanders says the case has already been won in arbitration.the lawsuit filed in los angeles by stormy daniels — whose real name is stephanie clifford — mentioned that cohe






judge tags pierce county with additional $349,000 in prosecutor’s text-message c


pierce county has spent more than $1 million to defend a text-message case involving the county prosecutor. a judge’s latest remarks were plain: “mark lindquist did not comply with the public records act” and his attitude wasn’t helping matters.the long-running saga of pierce county prosecutor mark lindquist’s text messages continues with a new bill for taxpayers: approximately $349,000.the ruling came from thurston county superior court judge chris lanese, who penalized the county for withholding nine text messages that dated to 2011.“mark lindquist did not comply with the public records act,” lanese said friday, as he walked through his legal reasoning.the fines for nondisclosure totaled $165,961. lanese also awarded roughly $178,000 in attorney fees to former sheriff’s deputy glenda nis






tesla faces complaint from u.s. labor board


the national labor relations board filed a complaint thursday against tesla inc. based on allegations of unfair labor practices from workers at the company’s fremont, calif., factory.the employees accuse tesla of being required to sign overly broad nondisclosure agreements that prohibit them from raising safety concerns. they also allege the silicon valley electric-car maker harassed them during unionizing efforts. a hearing before...






how michael dell kept a big deal under wraps


michael dell managed to keep the $100.47 million purchase of a manhattan penthouse—a record price in new york city—secret for more than five years, thanks to a tight network of real-estate agents, architects and professionals who signed nondisclosure agreements, according to sources familiar with the deal.real-estate experts say the dell sale is symptomatic of a push among ultra high-net-worth individuals to keep purchases under wraps for privacy, security and tax purposes. that includes silencing professionals who work...






attorney for porn star says she faced physical threats


an attorney for a porn actress who allegedly had an affair with president donald trump says she was threatened with physical harm. michael avenatti tells msnbc's "morning joe" that stormy daniels — whose real name is stephanie clifford — wants to "tell her story" of the affair with trump before he became president. asked if daniels was physically threatened, avenatti said "yes," but did not provide details. avenatti said that more detail would be revealed in an interview taped with cbs' news "60 minutes." he says: "there's the act and the cover-up and the american people are going to learn about both in the interview and beyond." the actress wants to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement under which she was paid $130,000 not to give details of her encounters with trump. copyright 2018 the a






lawyer: porn star sues to clarify record on trump affair


los angeles (ap) — an attorney for a porn star who claims she had sex with donald trump says she is suing to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement “to set the record straight.”michael avenatti spoke on morning news shows wednesday on behalf of his client, stormy daniels, whose real name is stephanie clifford. he said on nbc there was “no question” trump knew about the agreement signed days before the 2016 presidential election, though he didn’t offer any proof.daniels argues the agreement was not binding because trump didn’t personally sign it. avenatti says she was coerced into signing a denial of the affair, which began in 2006.avenatti said daniels wasn’t looking to profit from her story. but he told cbs: “i don’t know whether she’s going to ultimately seek payment or not.”most read stor






pelosi supports training to prevent and report harassment


washington — the house democratic leader hopes congress will move quickly to pass legislation requiring lawmakers and their staff to complete training to prevent sexual harassment.rep. nancy pelosi's comments come after current and former members of congress told the associated press how they had experienced sexual harassment from fellow lawmakers.democratic rep. jackie speier of california has recently gone public with an account of being sexually assaulted by a male chief of staff while she was a congressional staffer. she's sponsoring legislation that would require the training.pelosi says congress can do more. she cites as an example the removal of nondisclosure clauses that prevent victims from talking publicly of sexual harassment.she tells cnn's "state of the union" that she believe






stormy daniels offers to repay $130k so she can talk about trump affair


los angeles (ap) — an adult film actress who said she had sex with president donald trump is offering to return the $130,000 she was paid for agreeing not to discuss their alleged relationship.an attorney for stormy daniels — whose real name is stephanie clifford — sent a letter to trump’s lawyer monday saying she would wire the money to trump if she could speak openly about their relationship.the letter was sent by clifford’s lawyer to trump’s attorney, michael cohen and his attorney, lawrence rosen. neither immediately responded to comment requests.the letter says if the offer is accepted, the nondisclosure agreement would be “deemed null and void.”most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksclifford’s lawyer, michael avenatti, said trump and cohen should acce






pelosi supports training to prevent and report harassment


washington (ap) — the house democratic leader hopes congress will move quickly to pass legislation requiring lawmakers and their staff to complete training to prevent sexual harassment.rep. nancy pelosi’s comments come after current and former members of congress told the associated press how they had experienced sexual harassment from fellow lawmakers.democratic rep. jackie speier of california has recently gone public with an account of being sexually assaulted by a male chief of staff while she was a congressional staffer. she’s sponsoring legislation that would require the training.pelosi says congress can do more. she cites as an example the removal of nondisclosure clauses that prevent victims from talking publicly of sexual harassment.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 fo






weinstein scandal puts nondisclosure agreements in the spotlight


captionsouthern california is bracing for hot weather and extreme fire danger. president trump has raised expectations about the gop's timetable for tax reform. the northern california wildfires will likely leave scars in the minds of survivors. 38 women have come forward to accuse director james toback of sexual harassment. southern california is bracing for hot weather and extreme fire danger. president trump has raised expectations about the gop's timetable for tax reform. the northern california wildfires will likely leave scars in the minds of survivors. 38 women have come forward to accuse director james toback of sexual harassment.






qualcomm warms to broadcom bid, but price is sticking point


by feb. 26, 2018 6:48 a.m. et qualcomm inc. qcom 3.17% said it is getting closer to negotiating a deal for broadcom ltd. avgo -0.34% to buy it—except the two sides can’t agree on a price.qualcomm chairman paul jacobs wrote to broadcom chief executive hock tan monday, urging him to complete the non-price terms of a proposed deal and sign a nondisclosure agreement so the two sides can negotiate on price. he said the companies made progress when they met for the second time friday. “having now addressed the regulatory and certainty issues in principle, we propose arranging a meeting—as soon as mutually convenient for both parties—focused on price, should broadcom be willing to engage on the topic,” he wrote. a deal between the two companies would be the largest tech takeover ever.broadcom did






when employer secrets aren’t really secret


a recent california appeals court ruling demonstrates the gap between what a company and what the law may consider a violation of a nondisclosure agreement. an nda is not violated if what is disclosed: (1) is too vague to be competitively useful, (2) was publicly disclosed by the company, or (3) is false.software developer machine zone sued a former employee who, in an anonymous post on workplace review site glassdoor.com, complained about the lack of work-life balance at the company, except for those on the company’s “platform team.” the post further asserted the company had invested heavily in the platform team for a year with nothing to show for it. the post also quoted the ceo – falsely, monster zone contended – as saying that he expected no revenue from the platform, and that the plat






when employer secrets aren’t really secret


a recent california appeals court ruling demonstrates the gap between what a company and what the law may consider a violation of a nondisclosure agreement. an nda is not violated if what is disclosed: (1) is too vague to be competitively useful, (2) was publicly disclosed by the company, or (3) is false.software developer machine zone sued a former employee who, in an anonymous post on workplace review site glassdoor.com, complained about the lack of work-life balance at the company, except for those on the company’s “platform team.” the post further asserted the company had invested heavily in the platform team for a year with nothing to show for it. the post also quoted the ceo – falsely, monster zone contended – as saying that he expected no revenue from the platform, and that the plat






usoc ceo apologizes, says he was unaware of nassar abuse


the leader of the u.s. olympic committee says in a letter he was not aware of the larry nassar sex-abuse allegations before law enforcement got involved, and that he had no knowledge of a settlement between usa gymnastics and 2012 olympic champion mckayla maroney in a case involving the now-imprisoned former team doctor.ceo scott blackmun sent the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the associated press, to key administrators and others in the u.s. olympic movement on thursday, the day after maroney filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the nondisclosure clauses in the settlement.along with usa gymnastics and michigan state university, where nassar worked for decades, the usoc is named in the lawsuit, which says the usoc had long promoted a culture that concealed known and suspected se






billy bush speaks out about life after trump tape: 'i fell apart'


former nbc host billy bush has spoken publicly for the first time in more than seven months about the 2005 “access hollywood” tape in which president donald trump bragged about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women.in an exclusive interview with the hollywood reporter, bush said he regretted not changing the topic as trump talked about grabbing women by the genitals. instead, bush laughed and egged him on.“looking back upon what was said on that bus,” bush said, “i wish i had changed the topic. [trump] liked tv and competition. i could’ve said, ‘can you believe the ratings on whatever?’ but i didn’t have the strength of character to do it.”the 2005 tape, provided to the washington post in october, captured audio of trump and bush, who hosted “access hollywood” at the time, rid






mayor emanuel on amazon's visit during hunt for hq2 home: ‘the city is ready’


an amazon advance team will hit chicago late next week to visit some of the proposed locations for a new headquarters, a source familiar with the visit who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said friday.company officials will visit a handful of the 10 sites city and state officials have pitched, the source said. it’s not clear how long the team will be here as it tries to decide where to build a second headquarters to complement the company’s first one in seattle.officials in mayor rahm emanuel’s administration have declined to discuss details of the impending visit or what steps they are taking to make their sales pitch to amazon. one of the reasons they’ve been so tight-lipped: they are operating under nondisclosure agreements with the company, the source said.after marchi






stormy daniels brings her whirlwind tour to north hollywood


the promotion on the deja vu strip club’s instagram said it all.“no hush money required here. see the porn star worth $130,000 but will only cost you the price of admission.”stormy daniels, who vaulted into the national spotlight as a result of her reported affair with donald trump, would be writhing — live on stage — at the north hollywood club.patrons paid $25 to see her perform saturday night.the latest stop on her nationwide tour came with a fair bit of hype and anticipation. earlier this month, president trump's personal attorney acknowledged paying daniels, who is known offstage as stephanie clifford, $130,000 just before the 2016 election, but has not said why. this led daniels’ manager, gina rodriguez, to say that her nondisclosure agreement was invalidated and that "everything is






state of the union comedy: live skepticism, and stormy daniels, too


the state of the union is skeptical. that, at least, was the takeaway tuesday from late-night tv, which reacted to president donald trump’s first state of the union address with rare live shows and a special guest appearance by none other than stormy daniels.ms. daniels, you probably recall, is the woman who reportedly received $130,000 in hush money from trump just before the 2016 election to keep her from talking about the affair she allegedly had with him, a liaison that she had already talked about years earlier in an interview with in touch that was not quashed.trevor noah brought up daniels in a monologue joke. noting the sour looks during trump’s speech worn by first lady melania trump and democratic congressional leaders charles schumer and nancy pelosi, noah said, “chuck and nancy






state of the union comedy: live skepticism, and stormy daniels, too


the state of the union is skeptical. that, at least, was the takeaway tuesday from late-night tv, which reacted to president donald trump’s first state of the union address with rare live shows and a special guest appearance by none other than stormy daniels.ms. daniels, you probably recall, is the woman who reportedly received $130,000 in hush money from trump just before the 2016 election to keep her from talking about the affair she allegedly had with him, a liaison that she had already talked about years earlier in an interview with in touch that was not quashed.trevor noah brought up daniels in a monologue joke. noting the sour looks during trump’s speech worn by first lady melania trump and democratic congressional leaders charles schumer and nancy pelosi, noah said, “chuck and nancy






billy bush speaks out about trump 'access hollywood' tape: 'i wish i had changed


former nbc host billy bush has spoken publicly for the first time in more than seven months about the 2005 "access hollywood" tape in which president donald trump bragged about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women.in an exclusive interview with the hollywood reporter, bush said he regretted not changing the topic as trump talked about grabbing women by the genitals. instead, bush laughed and egged him on."looking back upon what was said on that bus," bush said, "i wish i had changed the topic. [trump] liked tv and competition. i could've said, 'can you believe the ratings on whatever?' but i didn't have the strength of character to do it."the 2005 tape, provided to the washington post in october, captured audio of trump and bush, who hosted "access hollywood" at the time, rid






city of minneapolis, police officers reach tentative contract deal


after working without a contract for more than two years, minneapolis police officers have reached a tentative pay deal with the city.the agreement, details of which are yet unknown, brings to an end months of back-and-forth negotiations between minneapolis and the union that represents the city's roughly 860 cops. the last contract expired in december 2014.it still requires approval by the executive committee, which could come as early as its meeting wednesday, as well as the go-ahead from the public safety committee and, eventually, the full council.minneapolis police chief janeé harteau said in a statement that police union and department officials worked "very hard in good faith to find common ground, which i believe will allow the mpd to serve its residents more effectively and more e






ivana trump writing memoir about her children with donald


new york (ap) — ivana trump, the first wife of president donald trump, is writing a memoir that will focus on the couple’s three children.“raising trump” will be published sept. 12, gallery books told the associated press on wednesday. according to gallery, ivana trump is writing a story of “motherhood, strength and resilience” and also will reflect on her “childhood in communist czechoslovakia, her escape from the regime and relocation to new york, her whirlwind romance, and her great success as a businesswoman.”“as her former husband takes his place as the 45th president of the united states, his children have also been thrust into the media spotlight — but it is ivana who raised them and proudly instilled in them what she believes to be the most important life lessons: loyalty, honesty,






city of minneapolis, police officers reach tentative contract deal


after working without a contract for more than two years, minneapolis police officers have reached a tentative pay deal with the city.the agreement, details of which are unknown, brings to an end months of back-and-forth negotiations between minneapolis and the union that represents about 860 cops. the last contract expired in december 2014.the accord still requires approval by the executive committee, which could come as early as its meeting wednesday, as well as the go-ahead from the public safety committee and, eventually, the full council.minneapolis police chief janeé harteau said in a statement that union and department officials worked "very hard in good faith to find common ground, which i believe will allow the mpd to serve its residents more effectively and more efficiently.""whi






union gospel mission says former employee abused teen decades ago


union gospel mission officials said friday that a former foster home employee sexually abused at least one former teen resident more than 40 years ago. they also said they reached a settlement, details of which they did not disclose, with the victim.“we want to do the right thing in order to make people whole,” said union gospel mission ceo charles p. morgan. “we seriously want to do right by people.”but the attorney for a second alleged victim disputed that.“they determined this guy was a predator,” aaron eken said friday. “and they have chosen not to accept responsibility for it.”eken represents both men who have alleged abuse by the former employee in the early 1970s. union gospel officials did not identify the man. the man no longer lives in minnesota and efforts to contact him friday






union gospel mission says former employee abused teen decades ago


union gospel mission officials said friday that a former foster home employee sexually abused at least one former teen resident more than 40 years ago. they also said they reached a settlement, details of which they did not disclose, with the victim."we want to do the right thing in order to make people whole," union gospel mission ceo charles p. morgan said. "we seriously want to do right by people."but the attorney for a second alleged victim disputed that."they determined this guy was a predator," aaron eken said friday. "and they have chosen not to accept responsibility for it."eken represents both men who have alleged abuse by the former employee in the early 1970s. union gospel officials did not identify the abuser. the man no longer lives in minnesota and efforts to contact him frid






ivana writing a memoir to ensure she gets the credit she deserves for those thre


new york — ivana trump, the first wife of president donald trump, is writing a memoir that will focus on the couple’s three children.raising trump will be published sept. 12, gallery books told the associated press on wednesday.according to gallery, ivana trump is writing a story of “motherhood, strength and resilience” and also will reflect on her “childhood in communist czechoslovakia, her escape from the regime and relocation to new york, her whirlwind romance, and her great success as a businesswoman.”“as her former husband takes his place as the 45th president of the united states, his children have also been thrust into the media spotlight — but it is ivana who raised them and proudly instilled in them what she believes to be the most important life lessons: loyalty, honesty, integri






arrest warrant issued for us actress rose mcgowan


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionus actress rose mcgowan: 'it's time to rise'an arrest warrant has been issued in the us for the actress rose mcgowan for possession of a controlled substance.it follows an investigation into belongings left on a united airlines flight from la to washington dulles airport in january.the belongings reportedly belonged to mcgowan and had traces of a controlled substance.washington police obtained the warrant on 1 february, spokesman rob yingling said.the authorities say they have been trying to contact mcgowan so she can appear in court in virginia.mcgowan, 44, is among the most prominent accusers of harvey weinstein, the hollywood mogul facing multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment.writing on twitter on monday, ms mcgowa






linkedin received 150 government data requests in second half of 2016


file photo linkedin released its most recent transparency report tuesday and revealed that it received 150 government requests for data during the second half of 2016. must read digital transformation: making it work in the real world it takes more than shiny new technologies to remake business processes. here are a few ideas on how to make digital transformation projects work in your organisation.the 150 requests covered user 373 accounts. linkedin said it complied with roughly 73 percent of government requests, which means some data was provided for 211 user accounts. out of the 150 total requests, 135 came from the us government, with brazil and india the only other countries with more than one request. none of india's requests were granted, but four out of brazil's five requests were g






oculus rift: 5 common problems, and how to fix them


the oculus rift is an easy-to-use, virtual reality option with an exciting lineup of games, offering a diverse mix of gameplay experiences that make the case for vr being more than a mere fad. with the addition of its oculus touch controllers, the line between reality and video games has only grown blurrier, and more and more “traditional” developers — insomniac games, slightly mad studios, crytek, etc. — have shipped games for the platform.more: these 12 oculus rift games are the best way to experience virtual realitythough it’s an easy process to get your rift up and running on a compatible pc, users who have already purchased the rift have experienced a number of technical challenges while using the headset, including black screens, random disconnects, and various tracking issues. we’ve