Commenting at Heller Highwater

Well folks, despite my best efforts to create a place where people could comfortably discuss issues about the Plan of Liquidation, Settlement or any other issues related to the demise of Heller Ehrman LLP, I’ve seen a definite up tick in comments that are not only crude, cruel, personal attacks and outright lies as part of a disinformation campaign.

Bloggers hate to stifle speech let alone moderate and edit comments.  But I won’t tolerate the posting of what someone purports to be a fact in the comments when I know from personal knowledge that it is untrue.  This is not a matter of opinion or view on an issue – this is when someone descends into rumor mongering disguised as fact in order to intimidate or sway opinions.

For now, heavy moderation of comments will take place.  I’d hate to turn off comments all together but that’s a consideration.  I highly suggest to those who want to turn this site into one of anarchy rather than one looking for solutions and providing assistance, to set up your own blog.  It is simple, takes less than five minutes and really, anyone can do it.

Over and out.

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5 Responses to “Commenting at Heller Highwater”

  1. 1 Former Secretary 10 November 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I am inclined to accept the Blum settlement amount but I first need to have a question explained as to how much I would receive. First off, I want to make it clear that I NEVER expected to collect the entire amount requested in my petition to the Bankruptcy Court (half of that amount consisted of fees and penalties). However, I would very much like to be reimbursed for all of my unused vacation pay and, of course, the 6 weeks of WARN pay. From reading this blog, however, it appears that those individuals with large amounts of unused vacation pay are not going to be reimbursed in full. That contingent would include me because my unused vacation is high – one month and 3 days. Indeed, I take the blog comments to interpret that, because of my unused vacation days, I may not be able to collect all of my 6 weeks of WARN pay. Is this correct?

    Thanks for any information you can give me.

  2. 2 Observer 10 November 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Under the settlement proposal, you are correct that, if you have a large vacation pay claim, you will not receive 100% of that.

    And you will not receive 100% of WARN damages. That appears to be true no matter how large, or small, your vacation pay claim is. As I understand it, the settlement does not pay 100% of anyone’s WARN damages.

    But I suggest you wait a bit before trying to make up your mind. A formal notice of the settlement terms is due to be sent out sometime in the next few weeks. When it is, you will get an exhibit that shows specifically how much of your two categories of claim would be paid. (You will not get a more comprehensive exhibit — which exists but has been filed under seal — that shows how all the ex-employee claims are treated under the settlement.)

  3. 3 Former Secretary 11 November 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you. I very much appreciate the information.

    At this point, I just listen to what another ex-Hellerite advised me – i.e., treat this money owed from Heller like you would treat money owed you from a relative: never expect to see a dime of it. With that attitude, you can be wonderfully surprised if any of it is paid back, while at the same time letting go of the anger and self-pity because the money’s gone. I think that’s good advice.

  4. 4 Associate 11 November 2009 at 9:41 pm

    anticipation is killing me for the terms of the settlement in the next few weeks

  5. 5 NYSECY 13 November 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I still do not understand why things are under seal. I also don’t know how we’re to make a decision without all the facts.

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