IF ONLY JONES DAY HAD THE COURAGE TO SAY "WE SCREWED UP"
It seems safe to say that the mood of the country has changed. The causes are many- the economy, the election of Mr. Obama to name but two. Suffice it to say that we seem to be entering an era of humility and accountability.
If so then apparently the Jones Day law firm has not yet gotten the memo. As has been widely reported, Jones Day used trademark law in a shameful manner in an attempt to stop a small web site from disclosing publicly available information about some Jones Day lawyers.
Even though they received a barrage of bad publicity Jones Day did not drop the suit. However, on Friday Feb. 13th the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the law suit has now been settled. In what can only be characterized as a face saving measure(for Jones Day), the web site has agreed to make very modest changes in how it links to the Jones Day website. However, the web site will NOT need to change its deep linking methods- which is what the law suit was really all about.
How refreshing- and in step with the times-it would have been for someone from Jones Day to have simply acknowledged that " we screwed up". .
But no. From this vantage point it would seem that Jones Day still needs to maintain a masters of the universe posture.