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A $28K champagne-and-lapdance hangover was quite a bitter experience for a Manhattan insurance exec. Mitchell Blaser thought his bill for a night of revelry at the strip club Scores was about $2K, and despite the signed AmEx receipts, he says it’s a scam, and he’s suing. Said Scores spokesman Lonnie Hanover, “It is very intoxicating being surrounded by beautiful girls” … Good for consumers, tougher for businesses: Aiming for clarity in consumers’ rights, EU trade ministers last week jettisoned the “country of origin” principle in a proposed Directive on Unfair Commercial Practices — so European traders must comply with consumer protection laws of all 25 member states at once … Inconclusive fingerprint evidence led to the freeing of lawyer Brandon Mayfield, held for two weeks in connection with the Spain terrorist attacks; prints found on a bag near the attack site point to another suspect. Mayfield, a Muslim convert, said a prayer as he left jail, but his brother, Kent, had to be pulled away from TV cameras when he shouted: “This proves it was a total witchhunt!” … Pity Clifford Chance, whose profits-per-partner fell 13.4 percent this year, from �644,000 (about $1.2 million) to �558,000 (about $998,596), due mostly to large expenditures. But don’t pity it too much — the firm still leads its Magic Circle peers in overall revenue … The perfect case for the barking lawyer: An alleged wolf-dog mix named Cabic has been appointed counsel while he sits on doggie death row in Indiana awaiting a decision on his fate. Cabic, who bit his owners’ neighbor, may have to be killed to find out if he’s rabid — but at least he has a lawyer to look after his interests. – Lydia Markoff

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