In a rare move, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will rehear a case challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict-minerals rule.
In a not-so-subtle hint that it's prepared to fight, the American Clinical Laboratory Association last week announced it has hired longtime U.S. Supreme Court advocate Paul Clement and constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe to challenge federal regulators. Plus more in this week's column.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week denied full-court review in the dispute over the University of Texas affirmative action program, clearing the way for a return trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.