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Smoking bridges In what appeared to be a recent farewell e-mail, a Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker associate wrote that he hoped the “smoke from any bridges I burn today [may] be seen far and wide.” At the rate the e-mail is traveling, that won’t be a problem. But now it seems the lawyer may be having regrets. By May 28, the message-apparently sent from the desk of associate Gregory Evans Jr. to the rest of the firm’s San Diego office-had been forwarded to lawyers at scores of other firms, and popped up on www.infirmation.com‘s “greedy associates” Internet bulletin boards for New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Evans’ message said he was moving on to become a “trophy husband,” a decision that was “quite easy” to make and “a step up from my current situation.” The message offered a nod to Paul Hastings, and cited “wonderful friendships” made at the firm. But then Evans�or someone at his desk�went negative. “I am no longer comfortable working for a group largely populated by gossips, backstabbers and Napoleonic personalities,” the message said. “In fact, I dare say that I would rather be dressed up like a pinata and beaten than remain with this group any longer.” John Benassi, a litigation partner in the firm’s San Diego office, said he’d seen the e-mail, as well as a follow-up message saying Evans wanted to retrieve it. “It might have been an accident, because he tried to recover it as soon as he sent it,” explained Benassi, who said he doesn’t know Evans. The partner added that he was surprised by the e-mail, and said the firm’s San Diego office is doing well, noting that it opened in September and now has about 60 lawyers. Messages left on Evans’ office voice mail weren’t returned. A Gregory Evans reached through an Encinitas, Calif., phone number refused to say if he was the author of the e-mail and said he had “absolutely no comment.” Paul Hastings’ public relations manager Eileen King said she couldn’t confirm whether Evans had written and sent the e-mail. “It is our firm’s policy that we don’t comment on employment matters, including the circumstances under which someone leaves,” she said. “We wish Greg well,” she added. The message, for its part, wished the firm “continued success in your goals to turn vibrant, productive, dedicated associates into an aimless, shambling group of dry, lifeless husks.” - American Lawyer Media Model behavior New York (AP)�Modeling companies conspired for three decades to set the same high fees for young women seeking work, a lawyer charged last week at the opening of the price-fixing trial of Click Model Management. But the attorney representing Click scoffed at the notion of a conspiracy, saying the industry was so “full of hatred,” companies would have never been able to conspire. In June 2 opening statements, lawyer Merrill Davidoff of Philadelphia’s Berger & Montague said aspiring models as young as 14 signed contracts for a shot at fame and fortune. “They’re trusting, naive and vulnerable,” he said. Davidoff is seeking millions in damages against Click. Other modeling companies have either settled or been severed from the trial. The trial is expected to last three weeks. Davidoff said modeling companies require all but a few elite models to pay a 20% fee. Aaron Richard Golub of New York, a lawyer for Click, said the plaintiffs “can’t get a penny because they can’t prove an ounce of conspiracy against Click. “This is a business so full of hatred, there’s no way they ever could have conspired,” he said. Golub said modeling management companies rely on models who go from job to job�and that everybody in the industry knows what everybody else is making. He claimed the suit was brought by malcontent models who thought they had been given a “raw deal.” “You’re not going to meet Cindy Crawford or Naomi Campbell,” he said.

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