Monday, March 24, 2008

Tribulation for Love and Harrison

Last week did not bring the best news for two California stem cell personages – CIRM Oversight Committee member Ted Love and the agency's outside counsel, James Harrison.

According to The Associated Press, Love, who is CEO of Nuvelo of San Carlos, Ca., had the unpleasant task of cutting 40 positions out of his workforce, which is 14 more than the total at CIRM. The reason? The biotech firm is dropping "its troubled blood-thinner alfimeprase after it failed another study," The AP said. The move will cost the company about $3 million during the first quarter.

Attorney Harrison lost a big one with California's official state political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission.

According to reporter Aurelio Rojas of The Sacramento Bee, one of Harrison's clients, Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, agreed to pay a record $350,000 fine for "personal use of campaign funds and inaccurate disclosure of cash payments and receipts between 2003 and 2007.

Harrison, who told us that Migden is a longtime client of his firm, attributed the violations to inadequate record keeping by her former campaign officials.

The Bee also said:
"During the FPPC's months-long investigation, the agency determined Migden illegally transferred approximately $1 million of surplus campaign funds and had already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"The senator was told to stop using the money but instead sued the FPPC (in federal court) in an effort to gain access to $647,000 of the money she had not spent."
That suit is scheduled for a federal court hearing April 1. Sphere: Related Content

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