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Dems Stall Senate Vote on Kavanaugh The judicial nomination wars are back. And they could get ugly. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) announced he would make “every effort” to see that the stalled nomination of White House staff secretary Brett Kavanaugh — a red-meat candidate for Democrats if there ever was one — received an up-or-down vote before Memorial Day. • Serious Suitor: Akerman Looks to Expand After just two years in the D.C. market, Akerman Senterfitt is trying to expand its presence. The Florida-based firm has been in merger talks with Virginia-based Wickwire Gavin for over two months. • In the Firms: Movement Amongst the Players Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman lost real estate partners Debbie Spartin and Anne Planning, who decided to set out on their own after spending almost 20 years at the former Shaw Pittman. Plus more moves… • Payback Time: Firm Close to Returning $9 Million in Legal Fees Washington’s Gilbert Heintz & Randolph is one step closer to having to pay back more than $9 million in legal fees for work it did in connection with the asbestos bankruptcy of New Jersey flooring manufacturer’s Congoleum Corp. • Playing Chicken: Orrick Hyping Bird Flu Plan Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe held conference calls spanning three continents last week to drum up business for its newly created avian flu preparedness initiative. • Don’t Look At Me: Lawyer’s Firm Gets Credit for Another’s Win Shoddy reporting or an April Fools’ joke? Medical malpractice specialist Jack Olender is known for parlaying courtroom victories into favorable press coverage. Now it looks like his firm is getting credit for another lawyer’s win. • Fired Up: D.C. Files Suit Against Big Tobacco Last week the District of Columbia joined a growing number of states that have filed lawsuits against Big Tobacco for failing to meet its obligations under a landmark 1998 settlement agreement.

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