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DOJ Criminal Chief to Sit Out KPMG Probe? A conflict of interest may prevent Alice Fisher, President George W. Bush’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, from being involved in decisions related to the department’s investigation of tax shelters sold by accounting giant KPMG. • Safe Deposit The Chilean government’s fraud and corruption investigation of former dictator Augusto Pinochet’s financial dealings in the United States has expanded beyond four Miami banks to include institutions in New York and Washington. • Taking Flight Deputy Attorney General James Comey, 44, will join Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Md., as general counsel in October. • New Priorities The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has announced a major reorganization of its criminal division with the creation of a National Security Section. • All Dunn The D.C. Court of Appeals last week upheld a multimillion-dollar award for attorney fees to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in a decade-long malpractice dispute with a former client. • Getting Bigger The District’s two largest home-grown firms continued their expansion efforts last week. • Settling Up The decision last week by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to pay $2.4 billion to settle allegations that it helped disguise losses at Enron Corp. has raised the stakes for the seven remaining banks involved in the massive securities class action. • Free Advice On average, 66 percent of lawyers across the country perform 39 hours of free legal service a year, according to a new study from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

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