GREEN WITH ENVY - Mayer Brown is closing in on a rare forfeiture order from the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the government of Brazil, which wants a colossal green stone known as the Bahia Emerald repatriated, Law.com International’s Amy Guthrie reports. Litigation & dispute resolution partner John Nadolenco got involved with the emerald in 2014, when a letter showed up at the Mayer Brown office in Los Angeles. The stone was being held by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at an undisclosed location amid lawsuits in California over its ownership. The letter was from the government of Brazil, which was seeking proposals from law firms to help recover the emerald. “I frankly thought it was a hoax,” Nadolenco told Law.com International. “I checked with our lawyers in Brazil, and they said we think this is actually legit.”
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