Big Settlement: Covad Communications agreed to settle a $7 million derivative suit originally filed by former GC and co-founder Dhruv Khanna. The plaintiffs sought to recover at least $125 million in damages on behalf of the company, according to news reports. Last fall, the defendants - who included directors and a venture capital firm - agreed to pay Covad $5 million to settle allegations involving self-dealing directors, sexual harassment and retaliatory firing.
Name Game: An aspiring model's request to keep from being identified in a sexual battery suit she filed against basketball star Jason Kidd was denied by a Manhattan judge.
Lone Star: McDermott Will & Emery will open an office in Houston on March 3 staffed by three energy lawyers from Houston firm Bracewell & Giuliani.
Big Award: A Philadelphia jury awarded $12 million to a woman with terminal breast cancer in her suit against two doctors for allegedly failing to diagnose the disease before it had progressed to an incurable stage.