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DOJ BAGS $ 84M IN ONGOING TECH CASE After extracting more than $650 million in criminal fines from tech firms that conspired to fix computer memory prices, the Justice Department’s antitrust division Monday announced another victory in the ongoing case: Elpida Memory Inc., a Japanese manufacturer of Direct Random Access Memory � DRAM � has agreed to pay $84 million in criminal fines. Elpida is the fourth DRAM maker since 2004 to enter a guilty plea (the last, Samsung, agreed to pay $300 million in May), and prosecutors working on the case said there may be more. “The investigation is continuing,” said Phillip Warren, chief of the antitrust division’s San Francisco office, which has carried out the prosecutions. “It is certainly not over by any means.” Lead prosecutor Niall Lynch said the Elpida plea deal � similarly to the three before it � leaves five executives open to future prosecution. “We’ve identified carve-outs, people who were not covered by the plea agreement,” Lynch said. � Justin Scheck DRINKER TO INCREASE ITS SALARY PARTNERS PHILADELPHIA � Drinker Biddle & Reath is moving more to a two-tiered partner system, according to a Jan. 11 internal memorandum written by Chairman Alfred Putnam Jr. and executive partner Andrew Kassner, with the firm “utilyz[ing] the category of salary partner with increased frequency.” The firm first introduced elements of the system in a 2003 document, although at that time it stated Drinker Biddle would “remain predominantly a single-tier equity partnership.” That’s now changed, according to the new policy statement issued Nov. 22 and distributed along with the Jan. 11 memo. According to the Jan. 11 memo on associate compensation and promotion, “the revisions reflect the determination of the partnership that the salary partner title will be used with increasing frequency in partnership admission, but associates will be considered for admission for equity partnership as well.” As of Oct. 1, the firm had more than 30 salary partners, according to the memo. According to its Web site, the firm currently has close to 200 partners. The salary-partner tier was originally introduced because of the increase in lateral hires, the expansion and creation of practices, and economic changes in large law firm management, according to the memo. “This trend will continue, and while the firm will advance its most qualified and promising associate candidates directly to equity partner, given the evolution of the practice and business of law, including the increased specialization of practice groups and practice ‘teams,’ the firm will utilize the category of salary-partner with increased frequency to address both the short- and long-term economic requirements of practice areas.” � The Legal Intelligencer

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