The season premiere of “Boston Legal” on Tuesday would have felt very familiar to producer Steve Bing.
On the show, Shirley Schmidt (Candace Bergen) reveals that she has donated $3 million to Stanford University for the study of greenhouse gases. But she wants to rescind the donation because ExxonMobil is donating $100 million to the same study. Stanford wants to sue her for breach of contract.
In March, Bing rescinded a $2.5 million donation to Stanford after the U announced a $100 million partnership with ExxonMobil for climate and energy research. Bing had been turned off by a series of ads that ExxonMobil had run, which mentioned the Stanford partnership. The decision carried special resonance, not only because Bing attended the U, but because his father had been chairman of Stanford’s board.