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Since the news broke of sexual harassment and assault claims against Harvey Weinstein, one of Tinseltown’s most powerful movie moguls, ALM journalists have closely covered its connection to law firms and the legal industry. Whether the impact has meant more business for lawyers working for Weinstein or the company he formerly ran or more worries for firms facing harassment claims against their own lawyers, the legal community has felt The Weinstein Effect. In this Instant Insights, we’ve brought those stories together and will continue to update the collection as news develops.

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Did NBC lawyers cost the network the Weinstein scoop? I hate to blame lawyers, but I can’t help wondering if NBC’s lawyers messed up on the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

NBC had one of the biggest scoops about the entertainment industry in its hot little hands, then let it go. Former MSNBC host Ronan Farrow (he’s the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen—or possibly Frank Sinatra) pitched his findings about Weinstein’s sexual exploits to NBC first, but the network sat on it and sat on it. Farrow then went to The New Yorker, and that magazine snagged it up right away. The result was one of the biggest exposes in the entertainment industry. As Farrow told Rachel Maddow on her show: “I walked into the door of The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier.”

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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