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N.Y. Firm Goes to Bat for Home Team Apparently, the desire on the part of Major League Baseball to sell the Washington Nationals to a group with strong local ties did not extend to the future owner’s lawyers. • Where’s Pharma?: Drug Companies Silent on Court Ruling Pharmaceutical companies have been largely silent in the debate over a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week that gave terminally ill patients the right to new drugs before they have been given the final approval by the Food and Drug Administration for public sale. • Passing: Markey Dead at 85 Howard Markey, the first chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, died at age 85 last week after suffering from a long illness. • In the Circle: Wainstein Testifies Knowledge of Domestic Spying Program The revelation of the National Security Agency’s secret warrantless domestic spying program this winter sent shock waves through much of Washington, but it didn’t come as any surprise to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Kenneth Wainstein. • No Sunshine: Judge Rules Against Release of Sensitive FBI Docs The FBI will not be required to release sensitive documents detailing the surveillance of domestic political and religious organizations, a federal judge ruled last week. • Waiting, Hoping. . .: Firms Still on Hold in GM Debate Law firms in Washington that answered the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.’s call in late March for legal counsel in its negotiations with General Motors Corp. are still waiting to hear back two months later. • Helping Hands: Business Groups File Suit Against DOJ In the brief, filed on behalf of KPMG defendants in their ongoing tax fraud prosecution, the groups described as unconstitutional DOJ policy that penalizes companies for paying the legal fees of employees who fall under government investigation. • In the Firms: Movement Amongst the Players James Shea handed Venable over to 43-year-old Karl Racine last week, signaling that the now-440-lawyer firm is headed in a very different direction than it was when Shea took over. Plus more…

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