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October 2008

October 31, 2008 6:30 PM

THE CHURN: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Moves are happening around the globe this week as Baker & McKenzie launches its Abu Dhabi office with former Prague managing partner Boris Dackiw, Orrick hires three partners from Heller's London office, and Linklaters boosts its Latin American practice with a hire from Shearman & Sterling. The churn is constant. Our reports are twice weekly. Send your news to amlawdaily@alm.com.

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10/31/08 Posted by Ed Shanahan

Baker & Daniels: An Athletic Director Factory

If it seems like just a couple of months ago that we wrote about a Baker & Daniels attorney leaving the firm to become an athletic director at his beloved (and sports crazy) alma mater, that's because it really was only a couple of months ago. Now it's happened again. What are the chances of that?

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10/31/08 Posted by Zach Lowe

Breaking: Manatt Wins $236 Million Punitive Damages Award Against Boeing

A Los Angeles County jury ordered Boeing to pay $236 in punitive damages to satellite rival ICO Global Communications--a week after awarding $370.6 million in compensatory damages in the breach of contract case.

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10/31/08 Posted by Zach Lowe

Gearing Up for Wyeth v. Levine

With arguments scheduled for Monday in the landmark preemption case, the two sides are sniping over a House committee report, released Wednesday, suggesting officials inside the FDA opposed the agency's move toward a policy of preempting patient lawsuits against drug companies. The long-awaited case, Wyeth v. Levine, will decide whether FDA approval of a drug makes drug companies immune from lawsuits brought by injured patients.

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10/31/08 Posted by Zach Lowe

Davis Polk Partner Bob Fiske Hopes for a Nonpartisan Justice Department

At an awards dinner honoring The American Lawyer's "Lifetime Achievers," one honoree--Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Robert Fiske--remarked on the challenges faced by the Department of Justice to remain nonpartisan and fair.

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10/31/08 Posted by Rachel Breitman

Clifford Chance, Latham Advising on $11.8 Billion Barclays Investment

Sibling publication Legal Week reports that the two firms have landed roles on a multibillion-dollar Middle Eastern cash injection into the British bank. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy are also advising related parties to the transaction.

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10/31/08 Posted by Brian Baxter

LITIGATOR OF THE WEEK: Brendan Sullivan, Jr., of Williams & Connolly

This week, the Williams & Connolly partner came up short with the only people who mattered in the corruption trial of Alaska senator Ted Stevens: the jurors. But Sullivan's zealous advocacy may yet get Stevens off the hook.

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10/31/08 Posted by Ed Shanahan

The Am Law Litigation Daily: October 31, 2008

Edited by Andrew Longstreth and Alison Frankel

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10/31/08 Posted by Joe Phalon

Bell Boyd Lays Off 10 Associates

The Chicago legal market suffered yet another blow on Thursday when Bell Boyd & Lloyd, pointing to what managing partner Nancy Bertogio described as "unprecedented market conditions," laid off 10 associates, all from the Chicago office.

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10/31/08 Posted by Ed Shanahan

Latham's Peter Gilhuly to Work With Thelen On Dissolution

The bankruptcy partner, who advised Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison on its dissolution half a decade ago, will work with three members of Thelen's dissolution committee to wind down the business, reports The Recorder.

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10/31/08 Posted by Ed Shanahan

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