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PRICE-FIXING CASE YIELDS $84M IN FINES DuPont Dow Elastomers has agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay $84 million in fines for participating in an international cartel to manipulate prices in the synthetic rubber market. It’s the latest case prosecuted by the San Francisco office of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. The fine is the second largest negotiated by local lawyers and the eighth largest nationwide, according to DOJ statistics. The defendant corporation, a partnership between E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. and Dow Chemical Co., also agreed to cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation into price-fixing in the international market for a synthetic rubber that is commonly referred to by its brand name, Neoprene. Neoprene is used in tires, adhesives, coated fabrics, furniture and shoes, according to the DOJ. The DOJ is currently conducting a far-reaching investigation into the international synthetic rubber market, as well as the market for chemicals used to produce those products. The cases have resulted in more than $200 million in fines so far, according to a DOJ press release. — Jeff Chorney WILSON SWEETENS BONUS SCHEDULE Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced Wednesday that the firm would increase associate bonuses for 2004. The firm’s annual merit bonuses for its 430 associates will range from $12,000 to $45,000. By contrast, bonuses for 2003 ranged from $4,000 to $35,000. In 2002, bonuses ranged from $2,500 to $30,000. Donna Petkanics, Wilson’s managing partner, said that quarterly bonuses based on attorney productivity were also increased by about 20 percent. Combined, the greatest potential bonuses at Wilson range from $28,000 for a first-year associate to $80,000 for an eighth-year associate. Petkanics said that the firm’s bonus plan and total compensation was competitive based on the firm’s productivity last year. — Marie-Anne Hogarth

New Partners

MCDERMOTT NAMES THREE IN PALO ALTO McDermott, Will & Emery announced this week that the firm promoted 41 attorneys to partner effective Jan. 1, including 13 lawyers in California. Three associates were promoted in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Robert Gardner, 38, a member of the tax department, focuses on intellectual property and tax-related issues. He earned his J.D. in 1999 from Northwestern University School of Law. J. James Li, 42, a member of the intellectual property department, earned his J.D. in 1999 from Boalt Hall School of Law. Keaton Parekh, 36, also of the intellectual property department, earned his J.D. in 1997 from Fordham University School of Law. McDermott also promoted seven attorneys in its Los Angeles office. They are Paul Carr-Rollitt, Dan Chammas, Ellie Hourizadeh, Q. Scott Kaye, Michelle Manzo, Francisca Mok and Brandon Roker. In Orange County, the firm promoted Christopher Bright and Peter Gimino III. In San Diego, Astrid Spain was made partner. — Marie-Anne Hogarth COBLENTZ ELEVATES THREE TO ITS PARTNER RANKS Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass has elevated three associates to partner, effective Jan. 1. Todd Brody and Nate Garhart are members of the 59-lawyer firm’s corporate practice, while John Bullock is a civil litigation specialist. Brody, who obtained his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1996, practices general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions. Garhart focuses on brand and patent issues and intellectual property management. He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1996. Bullock graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1991. He has litigated cases dealing with real estate and construction law, intellectual property and government regulation. He also represents clients in front of government regulatory agencies. Bullock’s pro bono work has included landlord/tenant and child support disputes, as well as a school library censorship case. Coblentz last year named one new partner. — Justin Scheck

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