Closing Time: Dewey & LeBoeuf's intellectual property group in Northern California will split and form an 11-attorney boutique, The Recorder reports. The firm's California offices are set to close next week. Meanwhile, the embattled firm was hit with a suit under the Worker Adjustment and Restraining Act, which seeks class certification on behalf of 450 employees terminated this month, The AmLaw Daily reports.
Think Small: Lawyers for Volkswagen Group of America are challenging the award of $30 million in attorney fees given to plaintiffs lawyers in a multidistrict case, The National Law Journal reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit did not immediately rule yesterday.
Just Beat It: Former federal aviation chief J. Randolph Babbitt beat a drunken driving charge in Virginia after a judge found that a police officer stopped the ex-FAA official's vehicle without good reason, The Washington Post reports. The case led to Babbitt's resignation from the Federal Aviation Administration. Peter Greenspun represented Babbitt.
The Roots: The double-agent in Yemen who disrupted an al Qaeda bomb plot held a European Union passport and was raised in the West, The Wall Street Journal reports. The man's Western upbringing facilitated his travel.