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Bingham trend continues with two more key exits Two well-known Bingham McCutchen lawyers have left the firm in Northern California. Top litigator Christopher Hockett officially joined the Menlo Park, Calif., office of Davis Polk & Wardwell last week. His move follows intellectual property litigator Mary Huser’s decision to accept an in-house job at online auctioneer eBay Inc. The departures continue an unpleasant trend for Bingham. Last year, a number of veteran litigators in management positions left the firm’s San Francisco office, including high-profile antitrust partner Alfred Pfeiffer Jr., who went to Latham & Watkins. Hockett and Huser were also in management. Huser headed Bingham’s Silicon Valley office and co-headed the intellectual property practice. Scruggs stays put; FBI reportedly probing Lott A federal judge overseeing a bribery case against Richard “Dickie” Scruggs ruled last week that Scruggs could get a fair trial in Oxford, Miss., and denied a request for a change of venue. The ruling was one of several by U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers. Scruggs’ brother-in-law � former Senator Trent Lott, R-Miss. � is now under investigation as part of a related case, according to the Wall Street Journal. Lott is being investigated by the FBI, which is looking into whether Scruggs asked Lott to help Mississippi state Judge Bobby DeLaughter get a federal judgeship in exchange for a favorable ruling in a fee dispute case, the Journal reported. Lott has said in published reports that he did speak to DeLaughter, but another judge was ultimately picked for the judgeship. Bret Boyles, Lott’s former chief of staff, denied last week that Lott is under investigation. Group of eight Locke Lord lawyers go to DLA A group of eight Chicago attorneys have moved from Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell to DLA Piper, mainly joining the firm’s litigation practice group. Albert E. Fowerbaugh Jr., Andrew R. Gifford, Randall A. Hack, Matthew S. Klepper and Ronald M. Lepinskas will stay in Chicago to join DLA’s litigation group, the firm said in a release. Timothy W. Brink and Forrest B. Lammiman will be added to the firm’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy team. Wolf Block partners join Hangley Aronchick Seven Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen partners � many of whom had leadership positions � will be joining Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin as shareholders. Hangley Aronchick now has two new practice groups and a new Montgomery County, Pa., office, the Philadelphia firms said in a joint release last week. It is 300-lawyer Wolf Block’s clear intention to expand through a potentially large-scale merger that spawned the move, according to Hangley Aronchick Chairman William T. Hangley. The partners are expected to transfer to Hangley Aronchick by March 2. “These were people who basically decided that they wanted to go small,” Hangley said. Web site enjoined from posting secret documents A federal judge in San Francisco temporarily enjoined a Web site known for posting a wide array of confidential documents that allege skullduggery by companies and governments around the world. A Swiss bank, Julius Baer, asked the court to order removal of several hundred documents posted on the Wikileaks.org site that purport to be about its off-shore activities. The Wikileaks Web site has been online for a year and allows whistleblowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents. It was taken offline in the United States as a result of the order by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White.

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