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Austrian government collapses as far right leader caught in hidden video sting

VIENNA – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called Saturday for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor.

Kurz said he would ask President Alexander Van der Bellen to set a date for a new election “as soon as possible.”

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache.

Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the far-right, anti-immigrant Freedom Party which is in Austria’s ruling coalition with Kurz’s People’s Party, had resigned earlier Saturday, a day after the video was published. See more…

ASML Awarded $845M in Damages and an Injunction for IP Theft

On May 3, 2019, following a jury verdict rendered months earlier, a California court entered a final judgment for $845 million in favor of semiconductor maker, ASML, in its suit against rival, XTAL, for stealing trade secrets related to ASML’s lithography technology. More…

TIP: Damages in trade secret cases can be significant, as demonstrated by this case, which underscores the importance of companies taking proactive steps to be ready to effectively respond if theft occurs.

Louisiana high court disciplines Colorado lawyer suspected of installing hidden camera in the firms restroom

Longtime Denver attorney Robert Wiegand was disciplined April 8 by a Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after he allegedly installed a surveillance camera in a restroom at his firm’s office in Colorado.

The firm’s female office manager also said Wiegand also engaged in unprofessional behavior, including inappropriate touching and comments, that made the two women feel uncomfortable and caused them emotional harm.

Secret Recordings and Lies: Lawsuits Paint Wild Picture of the Law Firm Steinger, Iscoe & Greene

Allegations of Unethical Behavior

An interesting article of the largest personal injury firms in Florida being sued by former employees for allegedly instituting a quota system and pressuring clients to receive surgery.


Do you have a Workplace Violence Policy and Emergency Management Plan?

Recent FBI/DOJ statistics show that workplace shooting events are on the rise. Leaders and managers are increasingly aware of the need to prepare for these threats. At the same time, research shows that the larger the organizations, the least amount of effort are given to effective and proper planning, preparation, and resiliency.

Shooting incidents are forcing the security sector to revisit best practices and standards in the effort to protect an organization’s assets and people. Take note gentle readers; a training class is not a best practice or standard! With what is a rise in frequency, scope, and severity of mass casualty attacks, organizations as a whole must fundamentally change how they react to violent events. We generally find that our cleints are significantly behind the curve.

As we revise planning and education procedures around active shooter incidents, research shows that we are not moving quickly enough to develop realistic training, drills, and scenarios to shape best-practice response efforts. Further, there is an ever-increasing need for more effective utilization of technology to better communicated and account for people in the heat of these attacks.

Emergency Management Cycle

Here are some important recommendations to consider:

  1. Establish a Workplace Violence Policy, and, Emergency Management Plan. Every organization needs a clear, concise, and deployable policy and plans for a proper response to incidents of violence. Typically, policies and plans provide critical guidance as to how people and incidents are to be managed.
  2. Include active shooter-specific response procedures in your Workplace Violence Policy and Emergency Management Plan. Include specific procedures in your plans; who does what, how, when, and where. Ensure that all employees have access to and understand the plan.
  3. Conduct regular training with your personnel. Properly train, and then retrain, your employees about your overall workplace violence policy and plan, to include a shooting event. Employees should be adept in how to report threats and how to respond during violent events.
  4. Develop a relationship with local law enforcement agencies. We all must be prepared to work closely with local law enforcement. They have a plan; does it parallel yours? The last thing you need is to yourself in the weeds exchanging information during or after the incident has occurred. Reach out to your local law enforcement agencies and develop a relationship with them well in advance of any problems. Let them both train in and get to know your facility better. Perhaps they will practice with you.
  5. Deploy an Emergency Communication System. Communication is key to critical incident notification. Numerous, reasonably-priced, third-party systems are available to you. Effective emergency communication often makes the difference between life and death.
  6. Maintain up-to-date employee information to best facilitate your Emergency Communication System. While violence may not be preventable, accurate, effective, and timely communication will save lives.
  7. Conduct regular simulated workplace violence events with your incident response team with a focus on the post-event aftermath and its effect on people and the continuity of business. A violent event may last minutes. However, the repercussions could last for years. Also, be sure to include your Emergency Communication System in your exercises and testing.
  8. Finally, how often should I test? That is probably the most simple question to answer; you test and retest and retest to competency.

For further information about how Trident can assist you in a Violence Mitigation Program or Emergency Management Plan, please contact us at (253) 852-7000.

Yet another “best practice” to inspect for electronic surveillance devices.

Does your organization conduct an electronic countermeasures sweep of the AirBNB or rental home before your executives arrive? Well, you should, and have every justification and reason to do so! Here is, yet again, an example of one of those legitimate concerns.

If you are concerned about an upcoming event, please give us a call at (253) 852-7000. We sell “peace of mind”. Let us help.

Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators 2019 Winter Training Conference

Another successful PNAI training event was held this past week at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, WA!

It was a fast-paced day beginning with attendees learning about the latest in cellular telephone forensics from Gordon Mitchell of Future Focus.

Gordon Mitchell presenting on telephone forensics

Sandra Robb of Capital Accounting provided updates on the latest Federal and State tax laws, and things we all can do to mitigate or prevent those unintended audits.

Sandra Robb discussing tax law and audit prevention.

The lunch networking session was led by Martin Radley of Radstone Investigations and Consulting.  Attendees introduced themselves and spoke of the challenges they expected this coming year and how they were going to manage or overcome them.  A very informative topic!

After lunch, effective web design and the myths of Search Engine Optimization were explained in detail by Marty Longe from Umbrella Graphics, the Trident website designer.

Marty Longe presenting on web design and SEO.

And the last presentation of the day was on Surveillance Best Practices, paneled by PNAI members Mike Canaan from Trident Investigative Service, Inc., two other local investigators Keith Shores and Andy Holmes. Audience participation was high during this presentation, with lots of questions and answers provided.  The exchanges were so many that the program was not completed before the end of the day. Attendees asked that panel to reconvene at the next conference to complete the presentation, which we will do.

We are excited to report that our attendance from the last or prevent, with attendee responses being overwhelmingly positive!  We expect an even greater turnout at the next training event.

Stay tuned!  Keith Shores, the PNAI Education Committee Chair will be announcing the dates of the next PNAI Training Conference scheduled for this early Fall.

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