Bruce Levenson was a part of some big NBA battles as owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and now he’s fighting a big one himself in court. He, along with Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment are suing their former insurance company, AIG for bad faith in honoring an insurance claim. Levenson and AHBE had sold the Atlanta Hawks shares last year to Tony Ressler, reports Forbes.com, and AHBE filed a claim with AIG regarding paying out the remainder of then General Manager Danny Ferry’s contract. That case has been ongoing, and AIG refused to offer any payouts, so Levenson and AHBE want damage relief and payment for court costs.
Bruce Levenson purchased the Atlanta Hawks in 2004, a deal that included their current arena and also included a large steak in the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. Prior to owning the Hawks, Levenson founded several businesses and has been a chairman on several non-profit groups. In 1977 after graduating from Washington University, Levenson and his friend Ed Peskowitz started a publication business originating with Oil Express, a newsletter about oil industry trends. That soon led to other industry newsletters, and they became the owners of United Communications Group. This company started up TechTarget some years later, and also owns the renowned gas price app, GasBuddy.
As a philanthropist, Levenson supports many educational and fine arts endeavors, https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education. He’s helped raise scholarship funds for inner city children through organizations like Hoop Dreams Foundation. He’s given young people a chance to learn the lessons of the Holocaust at the museum in Washington through the “Bringing the Lessons Home” program he sponsors there. Levenson also supports pro-Israel activists such as the SEED Foundation, Birthright Israel and BBYO. He’s campaigned against hate speech and bigotry and helped the Anti-Defamation League run the Concert Against Hate event this last year.
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Whenever a company who leads the field in any category, there is always a big bad wolf or two who thinks they can compete, but they try to succeed by falsehood, and it never works. Such is the case with Securus Technologies, a leader in the institutional communications field and its competitor, GTL.
Securus provides communications services to correctional institutions, law enforcement agencies, and safety organizations. Their platform offers a variety of different phone plans where inmates can communicate with family members and friend in a cost effective manner. Securus serves a wide community of 3,400 clients and 1.2 million inmates all throughout North America.
You just don’t cover that much territory by giving poor service and exorbitant prices, yet that is just what GTL is accusing Securus of doing. In the most raucous manner, GTL claims to offer superior servicing capabilities with unbelievable pricing structures in comparison to the Securus capabilities. Securus claims gross falsehoods are being disseminated by GTL and nothing that they are saying even comes close to the truth.
Finally, to put a halt to the foolishness, Securus offered a challenge to GTL which was to lay out the metrics of each company side by side and then have a disinterested third party sort things out and publically come to a conclusion as to who is right. The report from the other side was a resounding silence for a couple of weeks, and then they quietly declined the challenge.
The ethic of the existence and message that Securus strives to get across is the connection that they form between the inmate, and the family is so important and valuable to both parties. That available communication is worth so much when someone is incarcerated as to the point that it cannot be valued. How an inmate can deal with being in prison is helped by these connections with family and friends.