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N.Y.’s Darby & Darby raises West Coast pay The intellectual property firm Darby & Darby has raised first-year associate salary in Seattle to $160,000, matching compensation in its New York office. First-year associates in the firm’s 2006 class received a mid-year raise to $160,000 annually on July 1. Beginning associates who will start in September will receive a base salary of $160,000. New York-based Darby & Darby, with about 100 intellectual property professionals, is the latest in a string of law firms that recently have increased their West Coast starting salaries to $160,000. Incisive Media buys ALM for $630 million ALM, publisher of The National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, The American Lawyer, and 30 other national and regional publications, will be sold to London-based Incisive Media PLC for $630 million, according to a joint announcement last week by the two companies. Both Incisive CEO Tim Weller and ALM CEO William Pollak characterized the sale as an opportunity to expand ALM’s business internationally and on the Internet. The deal, which is expected to close at the end of the third quarter, will leave ALM’s management intact. Incisive, which has annual revenue of $280 million, is a rapidly growing business-to-business publisher with operations in New York, London and Hong Kong. Incisive’s holdings include Legal Week, among other business titles. Bryan Cave partner is tapped for ethics agency Herbert Teitelbaum has been hired as the last executive director of the soon-to-expire New York State Ethics Commission. Teitelbaum is almost certain to become the first executive director of the Commission on Public Integrity, the new ethics oversight entity that will combine the functions of the Ethics Commission and the Temporary State Commission on Lobbying beginning in September. Teitelbaum said his departure as litigation partner at Bryan Cave for a full-time foray into public service makes perfect sense in a career that also included nearly two decades running his own firm and five years as legal director of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. The position pays $140,000 annually. New Parmalat loses bid to dismiss old class action Parmalat Finanziaria SpA, the Italian dairy company that reorganized after being forced into bankruptcy over an accounting fraud scandal, has failed in its bid to convince a federal judge to dismiss a securities class action against it. The earlier incarnation of Parmalat collapsed and filed for bankruptcy in 2003. The new entity argued it should not be held liable for transgressions of its predecessor. But Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York held that the new company, as the “successor” of the old Parmalat, was liable for payment of the claims pursuant to the terms of an Italian bankruptcy plan. In re Parmalat Securities Litigation, No. 04 MD 1653. Judge rejects ex-partner’s ERISA claim against firm A New York federal judge has dismissed an Employee Retirement Income Security Act claim against Holland & Knight by a former partner who alleged the firm expelled him because of his age. In his 2005 suit, John K. Weir claimed the firm had terminated his employment at age 55 in 2002 partly to avoid paying him retirement benefits under its ERISA plans. But Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York ruled last week in Weir v. Holland & Knight, No. 05 Civ. 9358, that Weir’s claims were barred by statute of limitations, noting that suits alleging wrongful terminations aimed at interfering with ERISA benefits are subject in New York to the same two-year statute as claims under the state’s workers’ compensation law. Crowell & Moring helps open a child care center Washington-based Crowell & Moring will sponsor and open a child care center one block from its Washington office for the children of their employees. The firm is partnering with Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc., an international provider of employer-sponsored child care, early education and work/life consulting services. “We helped build this center because we wanted to provide the men and women of our firm with more options to find high-quality, convenient care for their children,” said Kent A. Gardiner, chairman of Crowell & Moring. The center will provide care for 120 full-time children ages six weeks to six years. Priority enrollment will be given to Crowell & Moring employees, but the center will be open to families of other area companies.

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