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06/06/07

Thompson & Knight forms Renewable Energy Practice Group


International law firm Thompson & Knight, LLP, added one more feather to its cap. The firm added the Climate Change and Renewable Energy Practice Group to secure its position as a top-drawer global energy law firm. Scott Deatherage, partner in the firm, will lead the diverse group of 26 attorneys. These attorneys have vast experience in various renewable energy projects and regulatory matters. The new group will include the firm's environmental regulation and emissions trading, project development, finance, corporate, and other attorneys from its national and international energy practices in its offices spread across the globe.

Deatherage stated that the trading in emission reduction credits and the regulation of greenhouse gases have opened considerable avenues for work. Pete Riley, Managing Partner of the firm feels the new group will allow the various practice areas to combine, especially with its expertise in the energy sector. Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight's 420 attorneys focus primarily on the energy industry, besides litigation, tax, insolvency, and international energy matters.

Stole Rives adds 13 lawyers from Lindquist & Vennum.
In a bid to expand its renewable energy practice as well as open shop in Minneapolis, Portland-based prominent law firm Stoel Rives has added 13 new names to its attorney roster recently. All these attorneys come to the firm from Minneapolis-based Lindquist and Vennum and will start a Minneapolis office for Stole Rives. The new additions include 10 partners, including Mark Hanson, chair of the agribusiness group, and three associates having experience in agribusiness, food, and renewable energy. Daryle Uphoff, Managing Partner at Lindquist and Vennum, said that he was aware of the attorneys' "shopping" around for a change, but was surprised at their sudden departure. Besides Hanson, the other partners joining the Minneapolis office are: Ron McFall, Kevin Prohaska, Joe Thompson, David Quinby, Jonathan Miesen, Kevin Johnson, Eric Bartsch, Joel Dahlgren, and Marc Al. Stoel Rives has more than 350 attorneys in 10 offices across the country. A leader in corporate, litigation, IP, environmental, tax, real estate, land use, wealth management and other legal disciplines, the firm is more nationally recognized for its energy practices.

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No kidding! Britons flush 885,000 cellphones in toilets each year!
Poor cellphones! Survey results reveal Britons treat them very shabbily. They literally add salt to injury to gadget lovers by not only dropping their cellphones into the toilet but also by flushing them away! But, why can't the Brits be a bit more careful? A recent study conducted by SimplySwitch.com revealed that each year a whopping 885,000 mobile phone handsets, worth about £342 millions ($682 millions), literally go down the drain! The survey says the most common occurrences were cellphones falling out of pockets and nose-diving into the pot, or falling off from precarious holders like the toilet roll holder. SimplySwitch, a price comparison and switching service, says that as many as 4.5million handsets were lost or damaged annually including cases like leaving the instrument in the pub (810,000 handsets), in a taxi (315,000), or on a bus (225,000). Wait! More is still to come - 58,500 handsets were eaten up by their family pet dogs and 116,000 were washing machine causalities! But, men beat women in the race with a ratio 28% to 26% in carelessness. However, thankfully for them, older men are a bit more careful than the younger brigade is. Disgraceful handling!

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