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Simmons & Simmons is dieting. The 810-lawyer U.K. firm plans to shed up to 12 percent of its 94 London equity partners. Those who remain will be working harder. The firm, which hopes to boost its per-partner profit by 33 percent to �400,000 (more than $710,000), is hiking its billable hours target from 1,200 to 1,500 hours per year … Wyoming is biting back at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, vowing to sue the agency, which has so far refused to remove its protection of gray wolves. The state claims the feds have violated its 10th Amendment right to state sovereignty. Fish & Wildlife has cleared Idaho and Montana’s plans to take over wolf management but balked at Wyoming’s intention to allow the animals to be shot on sight any time they strayed outside national parks … RJR won preliminary approval of a $33 million settlement with tobacco farmers, who accused the cigarette maker of rigging bids for leaf. U.S. District Judge William Osteen tentatively signed off on the deal Thursday, the same day that trial was to begin. RJR was the only holdout in an earlier $212 million settlement between farmers and Big Tobacco … Maurice Clarett won’t be entering the NFL draft this weekend. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg found no reason to overturn a lower court’s stay of a ruling that would have allowed the young tailback to go pro … A casino lawyer on the fast track to the New Jersey Supreme Court has drawn scrutiny for his driving habits. Roberto A. Rivera-Soto may yet win confirmation, say state lawmakers, but his eight traffic tickets and once-suspended license have raised eyebrows. Last year, another nominee for the high court withdrew her name after it became known that she’d been served with a warrant for failing to appear on charges of unsafe driving. – Lori Patel

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