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The outraged managing partner of a high powered American Internet law firm has emailed The Register to say that he was absolutely incensed at the shabby treatment we have received at the hands of AMD's European press relations company, PBA, and has offered to look into and prosecute the matter for us without charge. (Story: AMD spams Mike Magee) Robert Helmer, a managing partner of a law firm based in St Louis, thinks we have a case and says the charges could be "intentional, negligent, reckless, and wanton disregard of the truth leading to damage to Mike Magee's reputation as a serious journalist". He suggests this: Since the parties are not unequivocally litigious, Mr. Magee and the Register will decline the American's offer, if PBA immediately takes the following actions. 1) Send a follow up email to everyone on the list explaining their error, and fully accepting responsibility and apologising. 2) Send an open letter to the journalistic community and the public (for publication in the Register), once again apologizing for their mistake, and asserting their regret that the high journalistic standards of Mr. Michael Magee and the Register have been sullied. We've been at the receiving end of lawyer's letters and received legal threats from companies including Intel and AST over the years. The worst AMD has done so far (apart from spamming us) is trying to furtively tape record us a couple of years ago. So we're inclined not to be litigious. We would like AMD and/or PBA to donate an enormous sum of money to the charity of our choice (The Mike Magee Malevolent Fund). We just wish it had been Intel who spammed us...AMD is a bit hard up at the moment. Mr Helmer, as well as being a practising attorney, also runs a very useful Web site called Shell Extension City. ® What do you think? Does Mike Magee have a reputation that can be destroyed? Does he have high journalistic standards? What is The Register tariff? Post a message on our Message Forum

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