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STEINHART LOSES ONE TO HANSON, BRIDGETT Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy has added a new partner to its real estate group. Nancy Newman, 43, has left Steinhart & Falconer, where she has worked for the past 19 years. “Having Nancy join us was a coup for Hanson, Bridgett,” said Managing Partner Andrew Giacomini in a news release. “She has an outstanding reputation as a top lawyer in her field, and she has a great practice that fits well with [us].” Newman, a litigator, represents commercial creditors, shopping centers, real estate owners and managers, and businesses in commercial and real estate disputes. In addition, she has been a speaker for real estate trade groups as well as Continuing Education of the Bar and the Barristers Club of San Francisco. In addition, Newman has volunteered as a judge pro tem in San Francisco since 1989 and has received the Wiley Manuel Award for pro bono legal services. Newman has also served as president of the Queen’s Bench Bar Association of San Francisco and the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. She earned her law degree from UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law in 1983. — Jason Dearen PANEL DEALS ANOTHER BLOW TO GUN SUIT NEW YORK — A divided appeals court Tuesday dealt another blow to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s lawsuit against the gun industry for marketing tactics that allegedly contribute to gun crimes, saying a trial court had properly dismissed the suit. Ruling 3-1, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, said the attorney general had failed to state a viable claim under a public nuisance theory and warned that if the court had allowed the suit to proceed it would in effect open courthouse doors to an “explosion” of inappropriate public nuisance torts. Spitzer personally argued the appeal in May 2002, contending that gun companies manufacture and market guns in a manner that knowingly puts a disproportionate number of weapons in the hands of people who use them illegally. Spitzer’s suit alleged that the gun industry had been put on notice about the consequences of its business practices by “trace requests” from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, which investigates guns used in crimes. The First Department, however, saw Spitzer’s suit as tenuous and a precedent for regulating industries through the courts, rather than through the Legislature, which the majority said was better equipped than the attorney general to address the problem. — The New York Law Journal

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