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Falling: Survivor Anything We know, enough with “Survivor.” But we still can’t resist. “Survivor” alum and all-around TV ing�nue Stacey Stillman may not have survived the island, but she seems to be doing a pretty good job of surviving the perilous waters of law-firm politics. Stillman is leaving San Francisco’s Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison for the presumably friendlier tribe of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. It’s not that her torch was extinguished, exactly, but as a Brobeck spokesman explained, “Upon her return, she wasn’t able to focus [on the work she had begun] … because of the post-’Survivor’ media opportunities that she pursued.” Well, since Stillman is committed enough to eat live bugs for her team, Wilson Sonsini should be glad to have her. Rising: Frankenstein Dot-Coms? Award for ghoulish event of the summer goes to the reanimation of the all-but-dead Working Weekly, a job oriented Web site. After a $2 million round of financing collapsed, the site laid off 60 staffers and was about to shutter its main office. But then Phil Kaplan, Dr. Dot-Frankenstein to you, reported the company’s troubles on his site, F***ed Company (www.f***edcompany.com), which lists tips about Internet companies in various stages of demise. Some companies might have considered litigation, but the posting may save Working Weekly. “The next thing you know,” says Working Weekly founder Gail Bentley, “we had 200,000 hits a day, the most we ever had.” She also got at least 20 inquiries about investing in the company. Bentley says she may get a lifeline as early as this week. While the company’s revival may make some folks happy, potential investors should re-read Mary Shelley’s classic tale of horror. Things decay for a reason. Falling: Hard time A Wisconsin grandmother convicted of “felony interference with child custody”– what most of us would call kidnapping — was sentenced to making a quilt. The grandmother took her 3-year-old grandson to Atlanta without telling the child’s parents. The judge had sentenced her to a two-year term before she developed health problems. Instead he came up with a year of quilting with the end product to be raffled for charity. What was the judge’s name, Martha Stewart? Falling: Little Tobacco Miami-based tobacco company Liggett Group wants mercy from the DOJ after cooperating with the government in its criminal investigation of BigTobacco. The suit accuses Liggett of being an active part of a tobacco cartel that Liggett says it split from three years ago. So? Does theturncoat company think prosecutors are naive to the ways of big business in this country? Business is almost always about the bottom line. Liggett, which holds a puny piece of the market to begin with, was hoping its actionswould supply it with leverage to survive. As one law professor commented, Liggett’s heart is no less black than the other, bigger companies.

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