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Barnes & Thornburg LLP Named Top Workplace in Central Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS—Barnes & Thornburg LLP has once again been recognized as Central Indiana’s top company based on the results of the 2012 Indianapolis Star/WorkplaceDynamics Top Workplaces employee survey. This is the third year in a row that Barnes & Thornburg has been ranked as a “top workplace” and the second time in three years that the firm has been listed as the No. 1 large company in Central Indiana.

In addition to this recognition, the firm received top honors in the leadership category with Robert T. Grand, managing partner of the Indianapolis office, receiving the survey’s Leadership Award.

This year’s survey collected responses from over 20,000 employees throughout 98 Central Indiana companies. The survey covered areas regarding values, leadership, management, benefits, pay, growth, opportunities, appreciation, work/life balance, and retention.

With more than 550 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio and Washington, D.C. You can also visit us online at

Barnes & Thornburg Represents Renowned Music Producer in Recent High-Profile Projects

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Barnes & Thornburg announced today that the firm represented multiple Grammy- and Oscar-winning music producer, T Bone Burnett, in connection with two recent high-profile projects: Lionsgate’s engagement of Burnett to provide executive music producer services for the film The Hunger Games and to produce its companion album The Hunger Games: Soundtrack, Songs from District 12 and Beyond, and Elton John’s hiring of Burnett to produce John’s forthcoming studio album, The Diving Board.

Sidney S. Fohrman, a Los Angeles-based Barnes & Thornburg attorney and member of the firm’s Entertainment and Music Practice Group, represented T Bone Burnett in the negotiation of these deals.

Jason Karlov, national chair of the Barnes & Thornburg Entertainment and Music Practice Group, said that “Sid’s knowledge and experience in negotiating music and entertainment deals is integral to Barnes & Thornburg’s ability to represent such legendary names in the industry such as T Bone Burnett, and to the continued growth of the Barnes & Thornburg entertainment and music practice.”

Davis Polk Announces New Head of Pro Bono Program

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP today announced that Sharon Katz will lead its pro bono program as Special Counsel for Pro Bono. She succeeds Ronnie Abrams, who headed the program for four years before being confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week as a Judge in the Southern District of New York.

PETA Asks Virgina Transportation Board for ‘Spay Today Way’

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Richmond, Va. — Virginia’s legislature has just voted to sell naming rights to some of the state’s roads, and PETA is hoping to be one of the first to take advantage of the new opportunity by encouraging residents to drive their dogs and cats to a veterinary clinic. In a letter sent today to the chairperson of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), PETA, whose headquarters is in Norfolk, requests a reduced rate to rename a road “Spay Today Way.” Fixing roadways prevents accidents, and fixing cats and dogs does, too: People can prevent more homeless animals from ending up on Virginia’s streets or crowded into Virginia’s animal shelters, where taxpayers must pay for their care and, regrettably, often their destruction.

FBI Recovers Remains in North Dakota

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FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the Salt Lake City Division and Chief of Police Frank DiFonzo of the Sidney, Montana Police Department announce a development in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Sherry Arnold.

On March 20, 2012, special agents assigned to the FBI Evidence Response Team began efforts to recover human remains in the vicinity of Williston, North Dakota. During this operation, the FBI received support and assistance from several Montana and North Dakota law enforcement agencies to include the Sidney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Williams County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Police Department, and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. By the early morning hours of March 21, 2012, special agents had recovered the physical remains of a female. While a positive identification has not been made at this time, it is believed the remains are those of Sherry Arnold of Sidney, Montana. Further efforts to verify the identity of the remains are currently underway by law enforcement. After a positive identification is made, a news release will be issued. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further details about the case can be released at this time.

Ms. Arnold went missing Saturday, January 7, 2012 at approximately 6:30 a.m. while on her morning run in Sidney, Montana.

False and Misleading Claims Relating to Animal Testing

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eagan Avenatti, LLP announced today the filing of a class action lawsuit against cosmetic companies Estee Lauder, Avon Products, and Mary Kay on behalf of American consumers deceived by the companies’ false and misleading representations relating to animal testing of their products. Beltran et al. v. Estee Lauder, et al., United States District Court – Central District of California, Case No. SA12-CV312 CJC (ANX).

The Standard Promotes Larry Frank to Vice President and Associate Counsel

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PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Standard Insurance Company (“The Standard”), a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., has promoted Larry Frank to vice president and associate counsel.

“Larry is particularly talented at developing strong leaders and has contributed as much to our leadership ranks as he has to risk management and legal expertise”

Frank joined The Standard in 1988 as an attorney. Most recently, he served as assistant vice president and associate counsel. He has been responsible for providing legal advice to the Insurance Services Group (“ISG”), as well as oversight of litigation related to the division’s insurance products and services. Frank also manages the ISG legal department in-house attorney staff and represents and advocates on behalf of the company before federal and state regulatory agencies, legislative bodies and industry associations. Frank will continue to lead the ISG legal department and support The Standard and The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York.

The Law Firm of Weiss & Lurie Investigates Great Wolf Resorts

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