The ink is barely dry on Ira “Newyorkbrad” Matetsky’s AFD, and faster than you can say COI, already the article is being polished for more exposure to his law firm. A few day’s ago, someone removed the red link to the firm [[Ganfer & Shore]], and added a blatant link, not to Matetsky’s profile with the firm, but straight to the landing page that describes the firm’s areas of practice.[diff]
Who is this person? Recent edits include:
- Robert Megarry, who used to be a solicitor, and became a barrister, which everyone knows is British for lawyer.
- Bryan A. Garner, an American lawyer who wrote two books with the late Justice Scalia, …there’s that Scalia right-wing stuff again.
- William R. Day, who was a supreme court justice.
…plus an assortment of film and detective stuff with law themes. Surely this is just a coincidence and we must Assume Good Faith. At least they don’t seem to be editing any Woolf articles, so they must not be a personal friend of Ira or anything, through that Rex Stout Wolfe Packe book club thingie.
Oh wait, they just edited The Next Witness, “a Nero Wolfe mystery novella by Rex Stout“, as well as a couple of Conan Doyle titles. If you read one of those British detective dudes, you read them all. And the user name, ‘mdfalco’, seems to be a reference to Marcus Didius Falco, a British detective series by Linsey Davis, which is being heavily edited by IPs. I sure hope this isn’t one of Ira’s socks.
So looking at the law firm edit again, according to the New York Law Journal, the law firm “Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer” just got dissolved, and the slack got taken up by Ganfer & Shore, which just became “Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer” at the end of June. Ganfer & Shore was to be dissolved “upon the firm’s lease expiration on June 30” and “renamed Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer in July”.
So, the edit to Matestsky’s article was made on exactly June 30, at 3:06 UTC, which is 11:06 pm New York Time. What a coincidence! And they had information that the journal article did not have, that the exact name of the firm was not “Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer”, but rather “Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer “. It’s almost as if they had insider information, and knew when the website was updated.
And can you really say that Matestsky has been a partner “since 2004” if the law firm has only existed for 3 days?
Nothing to see here! Move along!! These are not the droids you are looking for!!!