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TAKE IT TO THE BANK A D.C.-based team of lawyers from Kaye Scholer and Jones Day won a $134 million judgment for Seattle’s Washington Mutual Bank before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The Sept. 3 award resulted from a February 2003 trial in Home Savings of America FSB and H.F. Ahmanson & Co. v. United States and is one of the largest pending damage awards stemming from the government’s handling of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. Partner Steven Rosenthal and counsel Jeffrey Tomasevich headed the Kaye Scholer team; Michael Carvin led the lawyers from Jones Day. — Jenna Greene JAM-ING IN D.C. Alternative dispute resolution provider JAMS has added two neutrals in D.C. and relocated its Washington office. Howard University School of Law professor Homer La Rue and Marvin Johnson, founder and executive director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, have both signed on with JAMS to serve as arbitrators/mediators. The company has taken new office space at 555 13th St., N.W., in the Columbia Square building at Metro Center. — J.G. SEYFARTH STEPS UP Partners at Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw voted to approve a merger with 60-lawyer D’Ancona & Pflaum, also based in Chicago. The addition brings Seyfarth Shaw’s firmwide head count to 600 attorneys. According to managing partner J. Stephen Poor, the D’Ancona lawyers bolster Seyfarth Shaw’s corporate, securities, mutual funds, pension fund investments, venture capital, litigation, real estate, and estate planning capabilities. — J.G. BROBECK, FLAT BROKE Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison‘s former landlords filed a petition Sept. 17 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco to put the remnants of the defunct firm into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The three landlords claim that Brobeck owes them a total of $50.4 million for space leased in San Francisco, East Palo Alto, and Los Angeles. — Brenda Sandburg, The Recorder

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