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No Stomped Puppies Found in Alito Memo The White House has made clear — beginning with the nomination of John Roberts Jr. for chief justice — that it believes that SG memos are protected by attorney-client privilege and should not be released. But last week, Samuel Alito Jr.’s SG memo came roaring into public view, a seeming violation of established policy. • Coffin Kick: Steptoe & Johnson Attorney to Become Vice President’s Counsel Shannen Coffin heads to Dick Cheney’s office next week as counsel, filling the position held by David Addington, who has replaced now-indicted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as chief of staff. • Out Of Air: D.C. Circuit Declines to Hear Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ Challenge A challenge by several states to the federal government’s refusal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions was rebuffed last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. • Inglima In: Crowell & Moring Beefs Up White Collar Defense Group Crowell & Moring has beefed up its white-collar defense group by poaching Philip Inglima from Baach Robinson & Lewis. Inglima formerly served on the independent counsel team that investigated former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. • Needle Point: Battle Over Armed Forces’ Mandatory Anthrax Vaccination Program Continues The battle over the Armed Forces’ mandatory anthrax vaccination program continued last week in federal appeals court in Washington over the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the vaccine. • Fighting On: Sitcov Lawsuit Seeks to Force D.C. Bar to Erase Suspension From Record Despite the D.C. Court of Appeals’ view that a suspension from the bar for failure to pay dues is merely a minor infraction, Michael Sitcov is forging ahead with a lawsuit to force the D.C. Bar to erase his suspension from his record. • Tobacco Row: Justice Department Lawyer Retires Over Damages Clash Sharon Eubanks, the Justice Department lawyer who led the government’s charge against the tobacco industry, retired last week after clashing with senior department officials over their decision earlier this year to drastically slash the amount of damages sought from cigarette companies, according to several published reports. • Art Critics: Pillsbury Holds Auction of Office Pieces Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman may have found ways to meld practice groups and clients, but one thing didn’t survive the merger: the art. The firm will host an auction next week for approximately 250 pieces from the former Shaw Pittman’s Washington, Virginia, and New York offices, as well as Pillsbury’s D.C. outpost. • Berry Scary: PDAs May be DOA Virginia U.S. District Judge James Spencer rejected a settlement in Research in Motion Ltd.’s patent case last week, moving closer to a permanent injunction that would stop sales of BlackBerry mobile e-mail devices, and shut down BlackBerry service.

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