SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Peter Francis Geraci strong-arms Illinois political website

Thursday, Dec 14, 2006

Peter Francis Geraci’s ubiquitous advertising about its bankruptcy tapes has made the firm a success. That success appears to have gone to the firm’s head.

Illinois Review, a conservative website, posted a tongue in cheek headline over a story last week about Illinois’ massive state debt. “Peter Francis Geraci, the Governor is on Line 1.”

Yesterday, the site’s administrator received an e-mail from Scott Stoolmaker, Peter Francis Geraci’s director of operations.

You [sic] site is engaging in the unauthorized use of out [sic] trade name ‘Peter Francis Geraci’. Remove the content immediately.

Despite the illiterate nature of the e-mail, IR immediately pulled the name off the post, but others have stepped into the fray. Greg Blankenship pointed out the ridiculousness of the firm’s claim in a post entitled “Peter Francis Geraci, Call a 1st Amendment Lawyer.”

…We can also say, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Exxon and any other number trade names all damn day and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Mr. Stoolmaker, with the number hits on blogs and their power to shape news, break stories you do your brand identity no good by threatening political activists engaged in political speech. It’s the kind of thing that can make you infamous in a hurry.

Archpundit, a Democratic blogger and no major fan of the conservative Republican Illinois Review, chimed in with: “Why Would You Hire The Law Firm of Peter Francis Geraci When They Don’t Understand Even Basic Law”

The ultimate outcome of this ridiculous claim is that anyone seeking to hire the Law Firm of Peter Francis Geraci now knows that they are incompetent lawyers.

Congratulations.

I sent Stoolmaker an e-mail this morning.

Could you please explain to me exactly how Illinois Review violated your trade name by merely putting it in a headline?

He responded thusly:

The only issue I have with the use of our name is when other sites link to your site which they were doing when the site used the name Peter Francis Geraci.

Um, huh?

Stoolmaker sent a longer note of explanation to IR:

Please let your readers/posters know that the content itself was not the issue. The issue arises when others link to your site using our name as a keyword search picked up by Google, Yahoo and other similar search engines. Many websites “tag” our name to direct/redirect clients and prospective clients to websites that have little to do with our law firm or direct them our competitors and is a constant problem. Your site was being linked by the following company: [link]

Scott Stoolmaker, Director of Operations
Law Offices of Peter Francis Geraci

What a moronic explanation. So, according to this law firm, no blogger can ever mention the name Peter Francis Geraci because some search engine might somehow refer potential customers to their sites instead of the firm’s website?

I beg to differ, Peter Francis Geraci.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


23 Comments
  1. - Bill - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 10:31 am:

    C’mon,
    This guy’s name can’t really be stoolmaker!


  2. - Squideshi - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 10:32 am:

    I agree, Rich. Peter Francis Geraci is dead wrong. At the very least, this can be considered parody.


  3. - True Observer - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 10:33 am:

    Like his clients give 2 bits about what the politicians are saying.

    They’re at the Wal-Mart at 1:00 A.M.


  4. - Common Sense in Illinois - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 10:42 am:

    And thus far the guy’s name is mentioned 12 times in this post and comments…not a bad day’s work for the marketing department…


  5. - Anon Sequitor - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 10:45 am:

    At a previous job, we had the occasion to work with the lawyer whose name I shall not mention. He thought he had this great claim on an issue way outside of his expertise. He wouldn’t listen to the experts and well, I can’t mention what happened for fear of getting an email from the other unmentionable guy. They should stick to their expertise, Besides, don’t they understand the use of his name in the IR blog was “good PR” Duh!


  6. - Snidely Whiplash - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 10:59 am:

    True, it’s basic (1st Amendment) law, but these guys are bankruptcy attorneys, so who cares if they don’t seem to understand it? Makes for some yucks though, donut?


  7. - Jake from Elwood - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 11:03 am:

    Perhaps Stoolie didn’t listen clearly enough to the information tapes that his firm repeatedly touts over the airwaves.


  8. - Bill Baar - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 11:11 am:

    Celozzi Ettelson would have understood any coverage is good coverage.


  9. - Squideshi - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 11:34 am:

    Bill Baar, you hit the nail on the head. Eric Kroll over at the Daily Herald thought that he was going to cripple the Whitney for Governor campaign by red-baiting the candidate; however, in the end, this only served to raise Whitney’s profile.


  10. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 11:35 am:

    I was wondering the same thing, Bill. Maybe Scott’s outlook on life is shaped by the “buttload” of “crap” he undoubtedly took in school over that moniker.

    Won’t go any further or Rich will delete me.


  11. - Just Saying - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 11:38 am:

    Notoriety as a trial lawyer is not such a bad thing. Being notorious for being a dumb trial lawyer is.


  12. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 11:51 am:

    PFG might want to spend the $2,000 it costs for serch engine optimization of their website.


  13. - Bakersfield - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 11:59 am:

    I agree with Yellow Dog, its not like they are currently putting that money towards developping their ads.


  14. - Angie - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 12:26 pm:

    Well, if someone wants to threaten to send a Cease and Desist over it, point them this-a-ways first…

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/

    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/

    The goal is often to scare someone into submission and compliance with your wishes, because as a lawyer, this guy has got to know the law, for Pete’s sake.


  15. - Angie (post-script) - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 12:33 pm:

    By the way, if anyone from the law firm that doesn’t want to be named needs to learn how to become more literate (lest they embarrass themselves further), here’s a good way to start simple with those books…

    http://www.seussville.com/


  16. - Crockett - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 1:46 pm:

    I can’t find the link on this message board to buy bankruptcy tapes. Rich, this is all so very confusing. Uh oh, did I mention confusion, looks like Stoolmaker may deem this a trademark violation as well.


  17. - Mary Kennedy - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 4:24 pm:

    From a guy whose office used to stick flyers under windshields in Lakeview urging people to consider filing bankruptcy, being concerned about his image is a bit much.


  18. - Not So Fast - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 5:08 pm:

    The headlines’s reference to Geraci was flattering; it was implying that he is a brand name in the bankruptcy field. But of course he is too dim to see that. Do you think if the headline read “Blagojevich slammed so hard by the legislature that he should get Bob Clifford on the line,” that Clifford would squawk?


  19. - Angie - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 7:05 pm:

    Speaking of wacky lawyers, check Illinoize headlines. Lawyers starting up a medical malpractice insurance firm. Hah! Good one.


  20. - Squideshi - Thursday, Dec 14, 06 @ 8:17 pm:

    Angie, don’t get me started. Not only was the insurance industry able to sell the medical malpractice myth to doctors, but they actually fooled the legislature!


  21. - M.V. - Friday, Dec 15, 06 @ 12:09 am:

    Peter Francis Geraci should sue the Internet.


  22. - Angie - Friday, Dec 15, 06 @ 2:16 pm:

    Squid wrote: “Not only was the insurance industry able to sell the medical malpractice myth to doctors, but they actually fooled the legislature!”

    We need to change the Pledge to “One nation, under lawyers.”

    Not to knock the good ones in the profession who go on to become tough prosecutors who cannot be bought by anyone (clone them, please, because we need more of them!), but it is so true that they run everything.

    Law school is to expensive for so many that they end up having to go into corporate instead of public interest law to pay off the debt. Very sad for democracy, because there are more little people getting kicked around who can’t afford the best legal help, and like the big brainiacs are ever going to take a $40K a year job as a public defender, right? *sigh*


  23. - Angie - Saturday, Dec 16, 06 @ 4:19 pm:

    By the way, as far as that Chilling Effects site goes, I hope everyone reads this carefully…

    From Chilling Effects (dot org)-

    We invite you to input Cease and Desist letters that you’ve received into our database, to document the chill.

    If it hasn’t been done yet, send the corresp. received from They-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named right on over to the good folks at Chilling Effects, pronto.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** UPDATED x1 *** GOMB says Senate budget plan is unbalanced
* Moody's: Get a sustainable budget already
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Budget and reform analyses of Senate proposal
* Our sorry state
* Caption contest!
* I hadn't thought of it that way
* Question of the day
* Rauner: "We need a capital plan"
* Exelon files yet another appeal on Byron plant
* The Pepsi challenge
* Put up or shut up
* Survey finds substitute teacher shortage
* Pot, meet kettle
* Proft gets another cash infusion from Uihlein
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* ProtonMail Launches Tor Onion Site to Evade State Censorship
* Netflix Beats Subscription Rate Predictions By One Third As Shares Reach All-Time High
* Lite-On Semiconductor to Provide Wireless Charging Components for iPhone 8
* Nintendo will bring Super Mario Run to Android in March, release Fire Emblem Heroes next month
* Analyst forecasts ‘wraparound’ 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X, iPhone 7s and 7s Plus with LCD screens
* 600MHz auction is over with a piddling $10 billion in sales
* Samsung Galaxy S8 ad leaks, LG-Google smartwatch & more – Pocketnow Daily

* Collins named fourth-best catching prospect in MLB
* Raines gets Hall's call in final year on ballot
* The end of Raines' career was noteworthy, too
* Raines gets Hall's call in final year on ballot
* Raines among trio elected to Hall of Fame
* White Sox rebuild bit different than others
* WATCH LIVE: HOF announcement coverage

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Morning Spin: City ethics board blesses Vatican.....
* Madigan makes history as Illinois bleeds - Jack.....
* Council lower cannibals fines - Northern Star O.....
* Gov. Rauner wary of 'Obamacare' repeal without .....
* State Sen. Daniel Biss says he is considering g.....


* EXCHANGE: Joliet police K-9 retires after serving 9 years
* 4 cops suspended for dashcam failures at McDonald shooting
* U of Illinois looking to increase enrollment by 15 percent
* Peoria airport ridership total down 3 percent in 2016
* Nature museum's alligator snapping turtle to get bigger home
* Appeals court rejects Chicago gun-range restrictions
* State attorney general alleges fraud at student loan company
* 2 proposals address Illinois' minimum wage
* Chicago cop charged with murder in fatal off-duty shooting
* Illinois governor's office: Senate plan won't erase deficit

* Rauner budget office says Senate plan won't erase deficit
* Battle lines drawn over state tax on sugary beverages
* New state app aims to help students with career choices
* Battle lines drawn over sugary-beverage tax
* Illinois leaders split on attending Trump inauguration
* State attorney general alleges fraud at student loan company
* Eastern Illinois University may eliminate 5 academic majors
* Completion of Illinois 29 widening project 'big team effort'
* Rauner recommends Vallas for Chicago State trustees chairman
* Schock trial set for mid-July in Springfield

* Mondelez selling Vegemite to Australian dairy company
* Rauner wary of 'Obamacare' repeal without replacement
* Want the cheapest fare on American? Leave your luggage at home ​
* Former Sara Lee CEO Brenda Barnes dies
* The 'patent troll' law firm is going out of business


* GMC Acadia slims down for 2017
* Man shot, seriously wounded in Austin
* Obama guidance, press schedule Jan. 19, 2017. The last full day
* Man charged with DUI, reckless homicide for fatal DeKalb crash
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Jan. 19, 2017
* Dear Abby: Should atheist join kids at church?
* 1 killed, 5 wounded in Wednesday shootings on South, West sides
* It’s a Marty atmosphere in New England
* Lockport woman convicted of defrauding organ donation nonprofit
* 4 cops at Laquan McDonald shooting suspended for faulty dashcams


* 1 dead, 5 wounded on West, South sides
* Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters
* Not sure? Go. The women's march will welcome you.
* 30 missing in central Italy avalanche that buries hotel
* With Trump as president, international students ponder future in U.S.
* 'If you see Barack in this home, you know there's hope'
* Morning Spin: City ethics board blesses Vatican trip paid for by business group
* As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 1/19/17
* 'It's inspiring': Cubs' Contreras pays visit to Advocate Children's Hospital


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Rauner budget office says Senate plan won't erase deficit
* Schoenburg: Obama's legacy 'forever tied' to Springfield
* Battle lines drawn over state tax on sugary beverages
* New state app aims to help students with career choices
* Our View: A complicated legacy for Obama
* Battle lines drawn over sugary-beverage tax
* Illinois leaders split on attending Trump inauguration
* State attorney general alleges fraud at student loan company
* Eastern Illinois University may eliminate 5 academic majors
* Completion of Illinois 29 widening project 'big team effort'


* Weather service issues alert about minor flooding
* Top of the Morning, Jan. 19, 2017
* Area history, Jan. 19, 2017
* This day in history, Jan. 19, 2017
* Rick's Six: Frosty roads, flooding and a different kind of graveyard
* Local educators skeptical of school choice, DeVos as Secretary of Education
* Dahlen looks back on career as one of Illinois' first female judges
* Jack 'Chigger' Cooper
* Lowell 'Bud' Franklin
* John Ruhnke


* Dawn Patrol: North Aurora police release photos of shooting suspects
* Djokovic out in 2nd-round upset loss to Istomin in Australia
* The Latest: Djokovic-Istomin going to 5 sets in 2nd round
* Women's Top 25 Capsules
* Pavelec lifts Jets past Coyotes 6-3 in season debut

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Durbin: Questions remain over Trump's secr......

* Former San Bernardino County supervisor's ......

* Countdown to Obama presidency means one thing – “It’s pardon time”
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Illinois REALTOR® shows caring spirit
* NAR’s Facemire to share proven ideas during RPAC Strategic Planning meeting
* Caught scamming customers, Ken Griffin settles with the SEC.
* Celebrate National Croissant Day At Baker & Nosh
* Kurt Angle is in the WWE Hall of Fame
* Looking For Some New Year's Motivation?
* Morning Minute: See how different mortgage rates affect your monthly payment
* Marketing tips from Inman Connect in NYC


* 2017 Illinois Tax Filing Season Begins Monday, January 23rd - IDOR fraud efforts resulted in over $20 million in savings in 2016
* Reality Check App Puts Career Planning Tools in the Hands of Youth, Job Seekers - Going Mobile Initiative in Illinois Making Rapid Progress
* Governor Discusses Importance of Apprenticeships
* Governor Introduces Teams to Improve Student Success at Chicago State University - Creates Advisory Council to work with Board of Trustees on strategic plan
* Governor Rauner Announces Completion of New Illinois Route 29 Expansion - Joined federal, state and local officials to highlight four-lane highway improving safety and connecting Rochester, Taylorville




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller