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KUTAK’S NUCLEAR REACTION
April 15, 2002
A Washington, D.C. lawyer travels to the
heart of Texas to take on Russian scientists who could bring the world to the brink
of nuclear annihilation, David Baldacci, call your agent: here’s your next project.
Jeffrey Jacobovitz, a partner at Kutak Rock, recently won a case on behalf of the
Institute of Applied Science, a Reston, Va-based organization that brings scientists
who worked on the Soviet Union’s nuclear program to the United States and trains
them to work in areas other than nuclear weaponry. After a year or so they’re
supposed to return home, but two Russian computer programmers who worked at Austin,
Texas-based Digital Motorworks decided they would try to stay here for good. Fearing
that allowing such a move would encourage a “brain drain” from Russia to the West,
the institute sued the programmers for breach of contract. Last week, it won in a
federal court in Austin. “Both the Russian and U.S. governments were watching this
one,” says Jacobovitz.