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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ronald J Riley" <>
To: "Lisa Reckner Miller" <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: Correction to the E-Mail sent yesterday - Tuesday AM reply

I have copied this to Mr. Levy.

First, Mr. Levy cannot participate in a conference call at either 10:30 or 2:30
Tuesday.  Wednesday is probably OK

Second, For your information Mr. Levy has not agreed to represent me in
litigation, just to assist me in understanding the merits of your position.

Third, Mr. Levy would like to know the gist of your legal argument about why I
should make no mention of the RICO case in my writings before we talk.  Could
you state the argument in a paragraph or two?  I will pass it on to him.

In your email dated 10-1-2000 you said " Maybe it was my mistake to believe that
you would resolve this in a fair and reasonable manner, but somehow I still
believe this can be done."

I have no agenda except to 1) Try to improve the success rate of independent
inventors, not just for their benefit but for the benefit of society at large
and 2) To report on news worthy issues of interest to the inventor community.

You have asked me to censor news of interest to the inventor community.  In an
attempt to treat you fairly, for I realize that how the news is reported may
cause anguish, I made numerous concessions.  The sticking point is whether I
should stop writing about the RICO implications.  Since the RICO case names many
people and companies it is newsworthy beyond the fact that you were named
personally and it does not seem reasonable to me to suppress reporting about the
case.  I told you that and offered a compromise.  You specifically told me that
you did not think that Mr. Neustel would like his letter being published, but
that if such publication was coupled with a link to the referenced quote it was
acceptable.    You accepted the compromise and I acted on it in good faith.

I cannot understand why you now have had a change of heart.  It seems to me
that I have treated you in a "fair and reasonable manner".  I really have been
trying to do so.

I think some of the problem is that my basic inclination is to be open, to tell
all, unless there is a very good reason to do otherwise.  This is especially
true when I am wearing my journalism hat as I am now.   On the other hand,
friends who are attorneys have often said that they try to say as little as
possible for fear that something they say without enough thought may backfire.
I don't know, but perhaps that is the root of our most recent disagreement.

When I am wearing my inventor hat I am very secretive, at least until I get a
notice of allowance.  And for what it is worth I have noticed in licensing
negotiations that the parties may come away from a discussion with very
different views of what was said.

Most attorneys represent a broad spectrum of clients, some of whom they may not
be especially proud of.  But when they agree to take the client's money then
their name is tied to that client.  Why are you so adamant that no mention be
made of your relationship with this client?  I honestly think that most people
understand the difference between the client's reputation and counsel's

See one more comment below.

Ronald J. Riley

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lisa Reckner Miller" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 11:33 AM
Subject: RE: Correction to the E-Mail sent yesterday

Dear Mr. Riley:

<<In an effort to get you a response to your E-Mail on Sunday, while I was
out of the office, the language of my previous correspondence was
inadvertently misquoted.  Accordingly, paragraph 2 of yesterdays E-Mail
should be corrected to state that the language that Mr. Neustel and I
agreed to use is as follows:>>

<<"having found no ethical or
professional violations nor any fraudulent business practices, the
parties to the lawsuits have satisfactorily resolved their differences.">>

Understood.  As a result of this note I just discovered that I had linked to the
wrong quote in the letter.  I will fix this as soon as possible.

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