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9/11 Families Who Signed for Fund Cannot Bring Claim A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over allegedly faulty radios used by firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Southern District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled that the plaintiffs, families for 12 deceased firefighters, could not sue because they had agreed to participate in the federal September 11 Victims Compensation Fund, which bars the filing of suits. The plaintiffs argued that the fund’s waiver provisions, established by Congress, applied only to negligence claims, not a fraudulent misrepresentation claim. They also said their suit against New York City should go forward under the “collateral source obligation” exception to the fund’s rules, which allows suits over life insurance, pension funds and other benefits. In a brief ruling, Virgilio v. Motorola and City of New York, 03 Civ. 10156, Judge Hellerstein said the rules of the fund barred the plaintiff’s claims. � Tom Perrotta LeBoeuf Lamb IP Partners Join Mayer Brown Two intellectual property partners from LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae have joined the New York office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. Wayne Matus, the former co-chair of LeBoeuf’s intellectual property litigation practice, and A. John P. Mancini will both become partners at Mayer Brown. Thomas Vitale, the partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office said the two men are expected to bolster the firm’s IP practice, particularly in the areas of the Internet, data security and technology. Chicago-based Mayer Brown has about 1,400 lawyers worldwide and 220 in New York. � Anthony Lin Two Department Heads Join Rival Firms Alan I. Raylesburg, head of litigation in the New York office of Houston’s Vinson & Elkins, has joined Chadbourne & Parke as a partner. Mr. Raylesburg, who had also been the chairman of litigation at the former Rosenman & Colin, was a summer associate at Chadbourne & Parke in 1974. In a separate move, Timothy J. Pfister, the head of the corporate and securities practice in the New York office of Holland & Knight, has joined the New York office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner. He specializes in cross-border business transactions. � Anthony Lin No Criminal Charges for Mepham Coaches A Pennsylvania grand jury has found no basis to file criminal charges against the coaches from Mepham High School responsible for chaperoning the school’s football players at a summer sleep-away training camp, where three varsity players sexually assaulted three younger players. In a report issued yesterday, the grand jury determined that although the five coaches could not be charged with endangering the welfare of a child or recklessly endangering another person, it found that a “lack of accountability appears to permeate the entire structure of administration and running of this camp program.” The grand jury also asked that the report be sent to Governor George E. Pataki. � Leigh Jones Innovation Center Wins Public Service Award The Center for Court Innovation � a judicial think-tank that serves as the New York judiciary’s research and development arm � yesterday received the 2004 prize for public service innovation from the Citizens Budget Commission. The prize is awarded annually to recognize and promote the innovative delivery of public services. The Center for Court Innovation investigates chronic problems, such as drug addiction, and field tests innovative responses to those problems. It grew out of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s commitment to “problem-solving” justice and the 1993 creation of the Midtown Community Court. � John Caher

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