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BLUEBERRY HILL Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll partner Daniel Small won a $56 million verdict last week in a price-fixing class action against three blueberry processing companies in Maine. Small and co-counsel William Robitzek of Lewiston, Maine’s Berman & Simmons alleged a four-year conspiracy to fix the base price paid by defendants to approximately 800 wild blueberry growers. The plaintiffs also alleged that the defendants agreed not to solicit each other’s growers. A Maine state court jury ordered the defendants to pay $18.68 million in damages, trebled under Maine antitrust law. — Jenna Greene THREE MORE YEARS Partners at Pillsbury Winthrop re-elected firm chair Mary Cranston and managing partner Marina Park, the firm announced last week. San Diego partner David Snyder will serve as executive vice chair. William Atkins, a McLean-based IP and litigation partner, was elected to the firm’s 12-member managing board for the first time. Their terms run through 2006. — J.G. GIBSON BOUND California Third District Court of Appeal Justice Daniel Kolkey announced last week he was leaving the court to become a partner at the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He was a partner at the firm’s Los Angeles office before becoming Gov. Pete Wilson’s legal affairs secretary in 1995. “It was simply time for me to make a change,” said Kolkey, 51, who served on the court nearly five years. He will work closely with the chairs of the the firm’s appellate practice, Theodore Boutrous Jr. in Los Angeles and Miguel Estrada in the Washington office. — Jeff Chorney, The Recorder TWO HEADS Partners at Baker & Hostetler last week elected R. Steven Kestner and Alec Wightman to serve as the firm’s executive partners. Kestner is based in the firm’s Cleveland office, while Wightman is based in Columbus, Ohio. They replace Gary Bryenton. — J.G.

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