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LOCAL FEDERAL LITIGATION SUPPORT
Members of the firm have worked on a number of federal lawsuits (both criminal and civil) in The Southern District of Florida, as well as other jurisdictions. Media support for legal counsel included suits against Jackson Memorial Hospital, Smith Barney Shearson, SafeCard, Chemical Bank, CUC International, Southeast Bank and Commercial Bank. The firm has worked with plaintiffs' attorneys in the American Airlines Cali crash, ValuJet crash, Republic of Cuba (Brothers to the Rescue families) and lawsuits filed on behalf of the governments of Venezuela and Goias, Brazil against the tobacco industry.

CHINESE DRYWALL LITIGATION SUPPORT
Provided litigation support impacting journalistic inaccuracies and misleading information put out by plaintiffs' lawyers against client, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT), from the launch of consumer complaints to the consolidation of class-action suits in federal court in New Orleans.

PACIFIC ENTERPRISES (NYSE:PE)
Retained by the California energy company's board of directors to assist its in-house and external legal counsel, Skadden Arps and Greenberg Traurig, to monitor media and provide strategy for a subsidiary company in Miami. The federal court in Miami found company executives guilty with up to $100 million at issue.

BLACK & VEATCH and NORTHERN STATES POWER (NYSE: NSP) joint venture CYPRESS ENERGY PARTNERS
Project dealt with a joint venture of an engineering and power generation giant to build a $1.3 billion 800-megawatt state-of-the-art power plant in Florida. ECA provided strategy and media support to the joint venture and its legal counsel. The issue was resolved before the Florida Supreme Court.

STORER CABLE
One of the nation's largest cable companies was about to lose its Dade franchise to a licensing challenge by Telesat (owned by Florida Power & Light). The firm provided strategy for public policy decisions to three law firms working on the case. A whitepaper, editorial meetings and economic stories all resulted in Telesat withdrawing its application.

BRITISH AIRWAYS (NYSE:BAB)
Worked closely throughout global offers to gain editorial and media support in the Southeast for a $700 million deal. Though the original offer was withdrawn, it was substituted with phased in purchase. The firm conducted public affairs work for 13 years.

NUTRI/SYSTEM
Provided crisis media support to law firm teams located in Miami, Washington, D.C., New York and Willow Grove, PA headquarters for 108 separate lawsuits filed in Miami in one day. ECA media trained English-speaking and Spanish-speaking physicians for responses, prepared materials for the media and coordinated with in-house and external legal counsel, Patton, Boggs & Blow.

AMERICAN MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL (NYSE:AMI)
Provided media liaison for client Dr. M. Lee Pearce from his purchases of stock and 13D filings that accumulated 10 percent of AMI's common stock, making him the largest stockholder of the company from 1987 to 1990. His proposed $1.8 billion leveraged buyout of the company was rejected for an offer from First Boston and resulted in a federal lawsuit by Dr. Pearce. It was resolved in 1991 with an $18 million settlement after two weeks of jury deliberations. ECA worked with the media in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, and with law firms such as White & Case and Kaye Scholer in all three cities.

AMERIFIRST BANK (NASDQ:AMRI) and BANK OF NORTH AMERICA
For two years, ECA worked closely with law firm Wilmer, Cutler in Washington, D.C. on the eroding position of AmeriFirst Bank, which was eventually taken over by the Resolution Trust Corporation. Following the bank's demise, the major shareholder purchased five failed thrifts and formed Bank of North America (assets $560 million). ECA worked closely with the Florida Comptroller, RTC and FDIC in coordinating various media announcements.

ECA is extremely sensitive to conflicts of interest and will not accept work promoting more than one client in a profession. Because the firm has an attorney who is an associate, ECA staff are cognizant of matters of confidentiality and privilege.


Case Studies
 Baker & McKenzie Media Awareness in Local Market
 Chinese Wallboard Issue-Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT)
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