Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

No BASF boycott after all

The president of the Bar Association of San Francisco sent a letter to the state bar today encouraging the state group to reconsider holding its September convention at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

But if you just looked at the headline of a press release BASF sent, you might think the group’s 8,000 members planned to stay away from the convention altogether.

“BASF Plans to Boycott State Bar Annual Meeting,” the headline read.

However, the rest of the press release didn’t go that far; it merely explained BASF’s concerns with the Hyatt, and provided a link to the letter.

There’s been a months-long boycott of the hotel after Doug Manchester, whose company owns the Hyatt, contributed $125,000 to support Prop 8.

When asked about the headline, BASF’s Anne Murphy said the wrong press release had gone out.

Minutes later, another press release was sent out with the headline “BASF Asks State Bar to Reconsider Annual Meeting Hotel.”

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, January 29, 2009 @ 5:21 pm PST
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