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First Cameron Diaz did it, and now DLA Piper is going green — and we’re not talking about cash. The firm is launching a global “Sustainability Initiative” to reduce its impact on the environment. The firm says it expects all 62 of its offices to be on board by the end of 2007. Some of the plans for the D.C. and Baltimore offices include buying carbon credits to offset emissions for lawyer air travel, converting to more energy-efficient lights in its offices, and reimbursing associates and support staff $2,000 for purchasing a hybrid car and $1,500 for leasing one. “It got started, really, because of the groundswell of interest among our partners and our staff,” says partner Kelly Tubman Hardy. How much is all that going to cost? The firm won’t say. In an unrelated matter — and a potential source of green for the green plan — DLA is suing former clients Ibom Power Co. and LYKE Corp., claiming it is owed more than $100,000. DLA filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Jan. 11 against Nigeria’s Ibom, Nevada’s LYKE, and a subsidiary. In the complaint, DLA says it was advising the company’s efforts to open a power plant in Nigeria through funding and insurance from the Overseas Private Investment Corp. “We’re in the process of serving,” says John Umana, a solo practitioner representing DLA Piper. Umana knows something about being stiffed. He dropped client Jessica Cutler, the former Senate staffer being sued by her ex-lover for blogging about their affair, last year, saying she didn’t pay him.
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