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Bar Counsel Calls for Suspension of Howes The D.C. Bar Counsel is recommending that former federal prosecutor G. Paul Howes be suspended for at least two years from practicing law in the District for his misconduct in a witness payment scandal. • Retirement Party: ‘Decompression’ Suit Against Winston & Strawn Lives Again A Manhattan appellate court last week revived claims against Winston & Strawn by a former rainmaking partner who alleged the law firm subjected him to “decompression,” a firm policy sharply reducing his pay after age 65, in violation of a special compensation agreement. • Call Waiting: Palfrey Phone Records Can Be Released Deborah Jeane Palfrey already has created an “Escort Service Telephone Release Agreement” shortly after Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia quashed a temporary restraining order that had barred the release of phone records containing former clients of Palfrey’s escort service. • Carlyle Manor: Carlyle Group Purchases Nursing Home Operator Carlyle Group announced last week it was purchasing Manor Care, a nursing home operator, for $6.3 billion. The buy is one of the latest in a recent string of multibillion-dollar deals involving the District private-equity behemoth — and yet more work for Latham & Watkins, which helped broker the deal. • Tapped Out: ACLU Suit Against NSA Wiretapping Dismissed Last week a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit dismissed the American Civil Liberty Union’s challenge to the National Security Agency warrantless surveillance program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to challenge the program. • Gibson Mourning Loss of Partner Peter Murphy Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is mourning the loss of Peter Murphy, a partner in the firm’s environment and natural resources group. Murphy, 42, died from heart complications while on vacation with his wife and friends in Cancun, Mexico.

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