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An ex-associate’s lawsuit against New York’s Sullivan & Cromwell for alleged anti-gay bias has resonated for some former colleagues. Aaron Charney claimed that he suffered a string of offensive insults by his superiors in Sullivan’s mergers and acquisitions practice because of his sexual orientation. But even sympathetic insiders disputed that Sullivan’s partners are homophobic. “I don’t think it’s discrimination; M&A is just a brutal group,” said one former Sullivan lawyer. Another former M&A associate said: “S&C isn’t anti-gay, just anti-human.” Sullivan & Cromwell’s tough reaction to the Charney suit-it countersued for breach of fiduciary duty and leaking privileged information-might not help soften that image. What’s needed at this hour, one associate said, is a new message. Chairman H. Rodgin Cohen “keeps saying it’s a meritocracy-that if you do good work, you’ll rise. The problem is that that equation is too simple. Whether you are humane and treat people well should also be a consideration.” -THE AMERICAN LAWYER Personal injury At age 68, Justice Stephen G. Breyer is pretty spry, and by no means the oldest justice (John Paul Stevens takes that honor, at age 86). So why was Breyer walking with a cane recently as he left the bench? A “flare-up of tendinitis in his left ankle” is how court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg explained it. But the injury was not suffered on the squash court or the bike trails near his home in Cambridge, Mass. Apparently, one day as Breyer was walking down the hall in the court building, he twisted his right foot as he turned to speak to someone. That caused him to put too much weight on his left foot, causing the flare-up and necessitating the cane, which will be a temporary accessory. -LEGAL TIMES Dopey trafficker It might have been one of the easiest drug busts the South Carolina Highway Patrol has ever made. A car with 43 pounds of marijuana in the trunk crashed into a trooper’s cruiser. Two patrolmen had parked their cars in each lane of northbound Interstate 95 after a couple of wrecks snarled traffic, according to Highway Patrol Captain Chris Williamson. Then a Chevrolet Malibu going about 70 mph hit one of the cruisers, causing minor injuries to the trooper behind the wheel. Officers searching the car found two large duffel bags in the trunk containing the marijuana in plastic bags, worth more than $150,000. They also found a few marijuana cigarettes and cocaine inside the car. The driver, 54-year-old Howard R. Fisher of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., has been charged with driving under the influence, possession of cocaine and trafficking marijuana. -ASSOCIATED PRESS That’ll teach her A bicycling doctor is suing a roller-skating child neighbor for pain and suffering, claiming the youngster caused a collision that left the doctor with a broken collarbone. Dr. Alexander Dlugi of Chester Township, N.J., approached Lauren Ellis, then 11, from behind, shouted “watch out” and rang his bicycle bell. As the girl turned around on her in-line skates, the two collided, and the doctor tumbled from his bike. A seven-member jury in the civil trial has been hearing the doctor’s claim that the girl was negligent and reacted unreasonably when he approached. “It may seem an odd thing,” said Dlugi’s lawyer, Thomas Jardim, “but people are responsible for their actions.” -ASSOCIATED PRESS

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