NYT’s Nocera Clueless About His Fiancee’s Work

The New York Times has added an editor’s note to an October 8 column by Joe Nocera that sounds off about H.P.‘s new head, former SAP chief Leo Apotheker. Nocera takes issue with Apotheker’s involvement in a big lawsuit between SAP and Oracle. Turns out Nocera’s fiancee, Dawn Schneider, is the director of communications at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, the law firm representing Oracle.

“Still, having written two unflattering columns recently about the H.P. board, I was inclined to take a pass on Mr. Apotheker’s hiring. But then I learned something about him that caused me to shake my head in disbelief,” writes Nocera.

Well, you learn something new every day. The editor’s note says Nocera had no idea that Boies represented Oracle or he wouldn’t have written the column.

All Things D, in its write-up of the situation, includes a screen shot of the suit, which clearly states the law firm’s involvement, something that Nocera certainly should’ve seen during his reporting? Some here at PRNewser think the firm has to recuse itself. Your thoughts?

PRNewser has contacted Boies’ Schneider for comment. Full editor’s note after the jump.

Editors’ Note: October 12, 2010

In the Talking Business column in Business Day on Saturday, Joe Nocera wrote about a lawsuit by Oracle against a division of SAP, claiming theft of intellectual property. Mr. Nocera learned after the column was published  that Oracle was represented by the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, where his fiancée works as director of communications. To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Mr. Nocera would not have written about the case if he had known of the law firm’s involvement.

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