Walmart Support Grows Nationally

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group Opposition now at just 50% When the Saint Index was first conducted in 2006 and Americans were asked how they would feel if a Walmart was proposed “in their community”, only 31 percent said they would support it.  Today, that number has risen 16 percentage points to 47 percent support.  Opposition to Walmart … Read More

Law360 Series on Strategies for Protecting Market Share, Part 4

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(Editor’s Note: Law360 has published a four-part series on protecting market share, written by Jeffrey Gould, general counsel for The Saint Consulting Group. Today The Saint Report republishes the concluding part of this series). By Jeffrey R. Gould, The Saint Consulting Group Many companies increasingly use grassroots political techniques and strategic litigation to actively generate opposition against a competitor’s project … Read More

Law360 Publishes Parts 2 and 3 of Protecting Market Share Series

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Law360 this week published the third  of a four-part series on Strategies for Protecting Market Share, written by Jeffrey R. Gould, general counsel for the Saint Consulting Group. The series focuses on how recent court rulings have enabled many companies increasingly to use grassroots political techniques and strategic litigation to actively generate opposition against a competitor’s project and protect their … Read More

Politics Rules in Local Planning, Pt 3: What Can a Developer Do?

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(Robert J. Flavell is vice chairman of The Saint Consulting Group and co-author of NIMBY Wars: The Politics of Land Use. This article concludes a three-part series on real estate and politics.) By Robert J. Flavell, The Saint Consulting Group Citizens today will not take “no” for an answer. They are wealthier, better educated, and better focused than previous generations. … Read More

NY Times Exposes Wal-Mart’s Bribes for Building Permits

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s largest retailer, hushed up a vast bribery campaign that top executives of its Mexican subsidiary carried out to build stores across that country instead of broadening the probe, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Saint Consulting Group Wins Federal Court Case

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A federal court has affirmed the right of real estate project opponents to actively oppose government permits, even when opponents are business competitors and even when their opposition is not publicly announced. The U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois on March 27 dismissed all claims brought in a suit against The Saint Consulting Group of Hingham, MA, and SuperValu of Eden Prairie, MN, in connection with a proposed shopping center in Mundelein, IL.

Grist Green Series Takes Hard Look at Walmart Sustainability Claims

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A community-based blog is taking what it calls a hard look at Walmart’s environmental impact and its sustainability claims. Grist, A Beacon in the Smog, blog has begun a new series headlining the first instalment, “Walmart’s Greenwash: Why the retail giant is still unsustainable”.

Saint Index in New York Times: In NIMBY Sentiments A Gender Divide

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The Saint Index has found that women are far more likely than men to fight proposals to build new power plants, shopping malls and big-box stores, Felicity Barringer has written in The New York Times Green blog about energy and the environment.

New Book on Rise and Fall of A&P has Lessons for Today’s Grocery Store Wars

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Like Wal-mart, the front running A&P was also the target of competitors, unions, small businesses and progressive politicians who attempted to tax and regulate it into submission and when that failed, brought anti trust law suits against it, ultimately getting an Illinois federal judge to find it guilty.