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Buchanan, Klett Rooney deny tension over merger Dissension may exist among some of the attorneys in the Philadelphia office of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling over the firm’s merger discussions with Buchanan Ingersoll, a source in the legal community said. “There are certain-in the labor group and perhaps even wider than that -diverse views,” the source said in regard to who is for and who is against the merger of the two Pittsburgh-based firms. The comments were made to The Legal Intelligencer, an affiliate of The National Law Journal. However, leaders of both firms denied that any strong dissension exists and said things are on track to continue the discussions. The questions exist mainly within the labor and employment group. According to the source, Alfred J. D’Angelo Jr. is definitely making the move while Mark J. Foley has said that he will not be joining the combined firm. Fox Rothschild raises starting salary to $125K Philadelphia’s Fox Rothschild has increased its starting salary by $15,000 to $125,000 for the incoming class of first-year associates. Philadelphia office managing partner Scott Vernick said the firm made this decision now because it is coming off its April 30 fiscal year-end. The increase is effective on Sept. 1 and will filter through to other associate levels, but not as equal increases across the board, Vernick said. N.Y. jurisdiction reaches to electronic messages New York’s traditionally elastic interpretation of its long-arm jurisdiction in commercial disputes was extended yesterday to e-mails and instant messages for the first time in a bellwether opinion by the state high court. In a unanimous decision written by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, the New York Court of Appeals said that commercial entities’ use of e-mail and instant messaging to “project themselves into New York to conduct business transactions” is covered by the long-arm provisions in the Civil Practice Law and Rules in the same way and for the same reasons that telephonic negotiations are. “[W]hen the requirements of due process are met . . . a sophisticated institutional trader knowingly entering our state-whether electronically or otherwise-to negotiate and conclude a substantial transaction is within the embrace of the New York long-arm statute,” Kaye wrote in Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. v. Montana Board of Investments, No. 71. Hogan & Hartson loses trio to Goodwin Procter Hogan & Hartson has long been a relative garden spot for that unappreciated species, the Washington deal-maker. Which is why it came as a surprise that three partners in its private equity group are leaving for Boston-based financial services firm Goodwin Procter. J. Hovey Kemp said the move means the three can build up a private equity operation in Washington from the ground up. Partners Christopher Hagan and James Hutchinson are also moving to Goodwin. Over the past eight years, the trio has generated more than $60 million in revenue, according to Kemp. Three-judge immigration panels get key support The 3d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reasserted the power of three-judge immigration appeals panels, striking a blow to the controversial 2002 streamlining rules that allowed a single appeals judge to rule in immigration cases. The 3d Circuit decision on June 1 held that a judge should have referred the case of a Mongolian artist to a three-judge Board of Immigration Appeals panel for resolution. Circuit Judge Michael Fisher wrote, “Streamlining regulations impose affirmative limits on a single [immigration judge's] authority to resolve an appeal without panel participation.” Purveegiin v. Gonzales, No. 04-3797.

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