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N.Y. judges’ suit seeks 26% hike, retroactive pay Four New York judges, backed by their judicial associations, filed suit in New York City last week to compel an immediate 26% pay raise, plus smaller increases, retroactive to 2000. The four are Family Court Judge Susan Larabee, who sits in Manhattan; Family Court Judge Michael L. Nenno, who sits in Cattaraugus County; New York City Civil Court Judge Geoffrey Wright; and New York City Criminal Court Judge Patricia Nunez. One of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, former Court of Appeals Judge George Bundy Smith, said that “after waiting so long for a simple pay raise,” many judges feel that the point has been reached where there was “no other alternative” but to sue. Chief Administrative Judge Ann T. Pfau said she would not comment on a lawsuit filed by independent judicial associations. Day Casebeer dumped by Qualcomm-again Qualcomm Inc. has dropped the Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder firm from a patent infringement dispute against Nokia Corp. in San Diego. It’s the second time mobile-phone chip giant Qualcomm has dropped Day Casebeer since both the company and the Cupertino, Calif., firm admitted in the spring to committing a massive discovery breach in a patent case against Broadcom Corp. A federal magistrate judge will hear testimony next month from attorneys involved in the incident. Qualcomm replaced Day Casebeer in the Broadcom case with DLA Piper a few months ago. On Sept. 11, Cooley Godward Kronish supplanted Day Casebeer in Qualcomm’s case against Nokia, according to court documents. Both lawsuits are in federal court in San Diego. Qualcomm did not state a reason in court papers as to why it ended its relationship with Day Casebeer in the case against Nokia. Paxil plaintiffs’ attorney jumps to a new firm Karen Barth Menzies, a leading personal injury lawyer who sued pharmaceutical companies over the risks of suicide and violence associated with antidepressants, has left Baum, Hedlund, Aristei, Goldman & Menzies of Los Angeles after 12 years to join Newport Beach, Calif.-based Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson. Menzies served as lead counsel in the national multidistrict litigation involving the withdrawal effects of Paxil. IRS bows to firms’ plea for delay in pay rule The Internal Revenue Service has granted a one-year extension for companies to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The decision comes a few weeks after 92 large law firms wrote a letter requesting such an extension to Acting IRS Commissioner Kevin Brown. Created by the 2004 Jobs Creation Act, Section 409A was introduced to eliminate abuses associated with executive deferred compensation plans. Companies were to ensure their pay plans complied by Dec. 31, 2007. Wachtell prestigious For the third year, associates have named New York’s Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz the most prestigious firm to work for in the country, according to the newest Vault rankings. The annual survey by the career information company of more than 18,000 associates ranks the most prestigious firms in the country and in each region. New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore is second, while Latham & Watkins, at eight, and Covington & Burling, at 10, are the only non-New York firms among the survey’s top 10.

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