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Ethics Group Seeks Tobacco Case Answers A Washington nonprofit got the man it wanted last week in its ongoing fight with the Justice Department over tobacco litigation. • FEC You: Steptoe Partner Rebuked For Critical Remarks Steptoe & Johnson’s John Duffy found out that taking your problems with the Federal Election Commission to the press can earn you a tongue-lashing. • Settled: Hearing-Impaired Plaintiffs Win Suit Against Hospital Seven hearing-impaired plaintiffs have scored a victory in their disabilities suit against Laurel Regional Hospital in Laurel, Md. • Alice’s Hope: AG Gonzales Lobbies For Fisher Between dodging barbs over the treatment of terror detainees and revealing that the president personally shut down a Justice Department probe into the White House’s warrantless domestic surveillance program before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales managed to lobby the senators for the long-stalled nomination of Alice Fisher to head the DOJ’s Criminal Division. • Hole at the Top: DOJ Fraud Section Still Searching For New Chief The job of chief of the Fraud Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division is one of the highest posts to which a career white-collar prosecutor can aspire. That makes it all the more mysterious that the division is taking so long to name a permanent chief to replace Joshua Hochberg. • Sanctions Sought: Attorneys Seek Action Over U.S. Government Seizure of Gitmo Material Attorneys representing detainees held at Guant�namo Bay Naval Base have responded to the government’s seizure of 1,100 pounds of attorney-client material last month as part of a probe of three prisoner suicides, urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to sanction the government for its actions. • Winding the Clock: Former EPA Attorney Can Sue For ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ Former Environmental Protection Agency attorney Marla Brin can continue her suit against Waterside Mall owner S.E.W. Investors for her sickness from possible toxins located within the former home of EPA headquarters.

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