Heller Exodus: The great Heller Ehrman exodus continues two partners from Heller’s insurance recovery practice have jumped ship for Covington & Burling’s San Francisco office. Both had been at the firm since the 1980s. They are the latest of about 35 partners to leave Heller in the past year. The Recorder, via Law.com, has more here.
Hunton To San Fran: The Recorder also reports that Hunton & Williams is opening a San Francisco office with three recruits from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s five-lawyer San Francisco office.
Tax Trouble: The Justice Department is trying to force Swiss bank UBS AG to reveal the names of U.S. clients who allegedly used the bank to avoid taxes. The WSJ reports that such an action against a foreign bank is unprecedented.
A First: In the first successful appeal of a detainee’s designation as an enemy combatant, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit yesterday reversed a military tribunal’s designation of a Chinese detainee. The appellate court ruled that military tribunals and courts must be able to determine whether evidence is reliable before deciding the fate of detainees, reports the WaPo.
Black Caucus: The NYT reports that the Congressional Black Caucus is calling for a tobacco-regulation bill in the House to restrict menthol cigarettes, which are favored by African-American smokers.