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    June 3, 2008  


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Man, it's not even Father's Day, and look at the heartwarming scene we found at lunch today at BLT Steak.


It was just four hours ago we saw at a distant table WilmerHale Managing Partner Bill Perlstein talking with the back of a head we assumed to be that of some opposing counsel or I-banker, but it turned out to be someone much better: son David, whom we know as one of the ace brokers at international tenant rep king Studley. (Yes, you babes in the business woods, Studley's a real name.) Bill and David eat together once a month and are so on the same page they both had tuna steak—cooked rare. And they pick BLT not just cause they're power players, but because of that father/son thing again: executive chef Victor is son of their Ballston barber, Luis.


We stopped into see our old friend, former three-term Michigan governor and now National Association of Manufacturers CEO John Engler. (This is a lobby display, not a mad scientist's workshop.) Despite losing a Federal District Court challenge to the 2007 Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, requiring NAM to release the names of 65 donors to its lobbying activities, NAM is pressing on in its fight against the Act's disclosure rules. Next step: the DC Circuit in early July, with assist from Wiley Rein.  


There, now John looks more like the lawyer he is! NAM, which reportedly spent $2.6 million on lobbying in the first half of '07, based its challenge in part on its members' First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and—aptly—freedom of association. John tells us one of his big worries is that disclosed members may become targets of litigation. If a member contributed to lobbying on asbestos removal, for example, trial lawyers might assume some fault and target the company for a lawsuit. (Litigation over asbestos? Never.) While no such suits have been filed since disclosure, John says the situation has Pandora written all over it.


Paul Hastings partner Larry Sidman has found an issue both sides in Congress can agree on and, perhaps no surprise here, it's in your wallet. Larry guided through Congress a technical correction to FACTA that will absolve retailers caught unawares by the law's requirement that expiration dates be redacted from receipts. It passed Congress 407 - 0.  Pretty impressive these days, especially considering a recent bill to honor mothers actually drew a whopping 178 nays. The signing deadline was June 4, but the President signed it into law today. Just before it expired!

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