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Shocking News About Al Gore's TV Business Partner (Was Villain In "Philadelphia" Movie)
RobertScheer.Com ^ | June 13, 1999 | Robert Scheer

Posted on 10/15/2003 8:34:23 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

...The PUC had had no consumer representation, and one had hoped that Davis would appoint a consumer advocate to the board. Instead, he rewarded big labor for its contributions by selecting Carl W. Wood, an official with the Utility Workers Union. The other appointee is the wealthy lawyer, Joel Z. Hyatt.

Hyatt has had his own problem with some consumers who sued him over the services provided by his Hyatt Legal Services, which specialized in massive television advertising of low-cost legal advice. He has nothing to do with the hotel chain of that name, which sued him over what the chain charged was an effort to exploit its name. Hyatt was his middle name back at Dartmouth, where he was an advocate, in the Alumni Magazine, for keeping the school all male, under the name Joel Hyatt Zylberberg.

Hyatt ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Ohio in 1994 for the seat of retiring Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, his father-in-law. One issue raised in that Ohio electoral campaign related to the parallels between the Academy Award-winning movie "Philadelphia," starring Tom Hanks, and the lawsuit filed by a lawyer with AIDS who had worked for Hyatt's law firm. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hyatt's senatorial campaign office made available a statement issued by Tri-Star Pictures, which produced the movie, stating that their story was not "based on any particular person, law firm or incident." In 1990, Hyatt's firm was sued by an employee who claimed he was dismissed because he was ill with AIDS. According to the New York Times account of April 13, 1990: "Federal District Judge Raymond J. Broderick ruled that Hyatt, a pioneer in low-cost legal clinics, had illegally removed the head of its Philadelphia office, Clarence B. Cain, after learning he had AIDS." The Times quoted the judge as saying the firm had mounted a "corrupt assault" on Cain's dignity and that the firm's conduct "was not merely inexcusably insensitive" but "so outrageous" as to warrant punitive damages.

Hyatt's firm did not appeal the judgment, and Cain, who testified that he had been reduced to a life of poverty after the dismissal, died soon after the favorable judgment. Both Wood and Hyatt must be confirmed by the state Senate within the next year, but in the meantime they get to vote on the PUC. Hopefully they and the three Wilson appointees on the commission will keep in mind that someone ought to speak up for the consumers, who, thanks to Gray Davis, remain totally unrepresented on the commission.

TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: algore; goretv; joelhyatt
In case you think this is some sort of "right-wing" smear on Algore's partner, please note that this story was written by the far left-wing Robert Scheer.
1 posted on 10/15/2003 8:34:24 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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2 posted on 10/15/2003 8:36:42 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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In case you don't know it, Joel Hyatt is now Algore's business partner in his yet-to-be launched cable news network which is supposed to be called VTV. I don't know what the "V" stands for but after reading this story, "Venal" or "Villain" would do.
3 posted on 10/15/2003 8:37:44 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Ahnold Groped Eva Braun While Popping 100 Painkillers Per Day!!!)
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Joel Hyatt is the son-in-law of former U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum D-OH. During his tenure, Metzenbaum was known as one of the most liberal members of the Senate.
4 posted on 10/15/2003 8:50:22 AM PDT by knowtherules
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If you just watched the movie, Philadelphia you would figure that the legal services company must be headed by some vicous "right-winger." Instead it was a liberal who fired the AIDS guy.
5 posted on 10/15/2003 8:58:51 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Ahnold Groped Eva Braun While Popping 100 Painkillers Per Day!!!)
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