BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Doing a complete reversal, embattled law firm Balch & Bingham, filed a motion for a protective order with the court on late Tuesday, May 9, 2017, requesting future depositions to be sealed after CDLU's successful public education campaign appears to have rocked the 200 plus member law firm, apparently leading to the firing of a partner on March 3. The CDLU is a nationally-recognized consumer and Civil Rights advocacy group.
In paragraph 7 of their filing, Balch blatantly misleads, exposing conduct unbecoming of a prestigious law firm. Citing a change.org petition, Balch wrote, "Plaintiff has demonstrated his willingness to cooperate with a consumer advocacy organization, 'Consejo de Latinos Unidos' ('CDLU'), that is falsely claiming that Balch 'cooked up' Newsome's arrest charges."
The CDLU claims that is untrue.
The change.org petition says the following: "Shortly after his false arrest, a partner at Balch & Bingham, a prestigious law firm in Birmingham with deep ties to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration, emailed (on a Saturday afternoon) Newsome's mug shot and cooked-up arrest charges to one or more of Newsome's clients."
"To turn the act of emailing into something worse shows to what lengths Balch & Bingham will go to protect their alleged insidious and scurrilous behavior. Instead of ending this foolishness, Balch created a quagmire," said K.B. Forbes, the Executive Director of the CDLU, which runs the website BanBalch.com.
Doing a 180-degree reversal, Balch originally fought the sealing of the case two years ago. Not until the CDLU reached out to The White House and U.S. Congressional leadership, Balch & Bingham appears to have done nothing to correct the alleged misconduct at the 95 year-old law firm.
In early February, the CDLU dispatched a letter to Kellyanne Conway asking The White House "to ban Balch & Bingham…from soliciting the Administration immediately." Since 2001, CDLU's consumer and Civil Rights work has been profiled by People Magazine, The Washington Post, and CBS' 60 Minutes.
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