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US firm in merger talks with Allen & Overy denies authorising bid to get evidence of its Trump support erased from Wikipedia

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Someone from within O’Melveny & Myers, the US outfit understood to be in merger talks with Allen & Overy, quietly attempted to delete evidence of the firm’s connections to Donald Trump — with mixed results.

However, O’Melveny is adamant that it did not sanction the move.

An admin page for O’Melveny’s Wikipedia entry reveals that on 18 July 2019 a person (or persons) with an IP address linked to the firm’s Los Angeles HQ requested the removal of the entire “Support for the Trump administration” section.

“This is misleading”, they wrote. “O’Melveny & Myers LLP did not publicly support any one candidate during the presidential campaign, and instead, employees supported many different candidates.” The mysterious user goes on to claim that a former partner was responsible for “vetting” President Trump’s nominees, not the firm, and to suggest O’Melveny has shown support for the “Trum [sic] administration” is “subjective, false and misleading, and should be removed”.

Responding to the request, Wikipedia moderators deleted the “Support for the Trump administration” title and moved the offending paragraph to the “history section”, pointing to the fact it hadn’t been appropriately sourced.

They did, however, refuse to wipe the section concerning the US outfit’s vetting of Trump nominees. “Contrary to what 151.194.81.124 wrote (from an O’Melveny & Myers IP address),” one moderator writes, “Arthur Culvahouse was not an ‘ex-partner’ at the time he and other attorneys from O’Melveny & Myers vetted the President’s nominees.” The moderator, who’s clearly done their research, goes on to cite a number of sources to support his decision.

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A spokesman for O’Melveny said:

“The firm neither authorised, nor condones, any efforts to alter the O’Melveny Wikipedia page. Our firm is home to many lawyers and staff with varying political opinions and activities. It’s one of our strengths, and we’re proud that members of the firm have been called to service in the Administrations of both parties.”

The unauthorised attempt to distance O’Melveny from the outspoken (and often controversial) US President follows ongoing reports that it’s currently locked in merger talks with magic circle law firm Allen & Overy. Despite neither firm confirming the rumours, Legal Cheek revealed earlier this year that O’Melveny had temporarily suspended its vac scheme and training contract application processes while discussions take place.

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OMM FT

First all the partners leave,

The all the associates leave,

Now this?

Anyone know of any vacancies in Squire Patton Boggs? I need to move to another top US firm.

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SPBslave

Top bantz

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Anonymous

How are Alan’s Overies?

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ZONE 1

This was posted to RollonFriday 8 hours ago – good job Alex and the team! Keep it up!

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Anonymous

You better call the police 👮‍♂️

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Knackered of the Yard

NEE NAW NEE NAW!!!

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Anonymous

We must leave the European union by October 7th.

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anonymous

I read that Boris Johnson is actually much more intellectual, and well-educated than Mr. Trump.

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anon

LMAO. I love this sort of story

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Anonymous

OMM is the only law firm with a blog, written by a former O’Melveny attorney, running for three years and containing dozens of entries about how bad it is. https://brian-boyle-omelveny-torture-attorney.blogspot.com/

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OMM PR

Thanks for the heads up. We must have missed this one.

Assassins have been dispatched.

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BG

Said the person who posts his Trump support under “anonymous.” We have a real frightening situation here in the states

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Anonymous

I’m hiding from grad recruitment, so I can get hired and eradicate ‘diversity’ from within.

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Anonymous

Good luck with that

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Anonymous

Trump is GOAT.

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Trumpenkrieg

Cucks

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Anonymous

BoJo and Trump will be BFFs, and so will A

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anonymous

You don’t understand Trump. He doesn’t have friends. He has people he uses and destroys. Look at the long line of people who were formerly his friends, who are now in prison. Michael Cohen, Manafort, Flynn, so many more. Trump is frighteningly evil and you’re a fool if you think you can make a deal with the devil.

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Anonymous

Trump has leverage because of the power of the US to behave like a bully and get results albeit it ones that will cost long term goodwill. Boris is going to learn painfully that he does not have leverage that allows him to behave in a similar fashion.

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Anonyman

You’re another typical example of an overly emotional and hysterical leftist who has been seduced by the hyperbole of the fake news pumped out by the mass media.

Your comment is, quite frankly, laughable.

SAD!

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