Remember David T. Shulick, the Philadelphia lawyer who filed a colorful case that we recently named a Lawsuit of the Day? After his luxury vacation was ruined, Shulick sued two airlines, alleging (among other things) that a sassy baggage agent referred to his wife as a “honkey.”

Well, David Shulick — “a nationally and locally recognized attorney,” according to his website, which also shows photos of him with famous people (like Barack Obama) — is back in the news….

Here’s a report by William Bender and Jan Ransom of the Philadelphia Daily News:

The FBI has developed a keen interest in Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr., the 29-year-old son of the East Falls congressman, and his work for David Shulick, a politically connected attorney with lucrative Philadelphia School District contracts. Investigators with subpoenas paid a surprise visit to Fattah Jr.’s home at the Ritz-Carlton early yesterday, then swung by Shulick’s law firm, leaving with Fattah’s computer and boxes of documents.

Just don’t call it a raid.

“Don’t you dare. If there is ‘a raid’ in the paper, I’m suing. You’re not going to destroy this company,” said Shulick, who described the FBI’s visit as “a mutual exchange of information in a highly respectful manner.”

It seems that Shulick’s threat worked, at least with respect to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Yesterday a reader sent us this URL, which contains the word “raid” (presumably because the original online version of the Inquirer article used the “R” word):

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20120229_FBI_raid_targets_Congressman_Fattahs_son.html

But if you click on the link now, you’ll be redirected to an entirely new URL, which is free of that taint:

http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-29/news/31111091_1_agents-fbi-investigation

The current title of the Inky article, “FBI seizes records of Rep. Fattah’s son,” is also devoid of the word “raid.”

Even though the FBI engaged in a “highly respectful, mutual exchange of information” with David Shulick, it’s important to note that he is not a target of any possible investigation. Shulick told the Daily News that FBI investigators informed him that he and his law firm are not being targeted.

Smart move, FBI. Mess with a rich honkey lawyer at your peril.

Feds pay visit to Fattah’s son, lawyer [Philadelphia Daily News]
FBI seizes records of Rep. Fattah’s son [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Earlier: Lawsuit of the Day: Nightmare Vacation for Rich ‘Honkeys’


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