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Trevor Potter on The Colber Report.

Stephen Colbert’s Lawyer Reflects on Finale, Elections Law

By Katelyn Polantz |

Trevor Potter, Stephen Colbert’s lawyer and a partner at Washington law firm Caplin & Drysdale, made an important cameo Thursday night in the finale of “The Colbert Report.” Potter found a few minutes Friday to chat with The National Law Journal after he returned from New York City.

Darrell Issa.

Objections to Issa and Vitter's Request for Lobbying Docs

By Andrew Ramonas |

A trio of public interest groups has called on Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana to withdraw their request to an environmental advocacy group for documents connected to its lobbying, telling the lawmakers that they didn't show enough "sensitivity to the First Amendment" in their demand.

Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

DOJ Prosecution Manual is Not a Public Record, Judge Says

By Zoe Tillman |

A criminal discovery guide written for federal prosecutors after the Ted Stevens case collapsed will remain secret, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Thursday.

Fidel Castro arrives MATS Terminal, Washington, D.C.  April 15, 1959.

Here's the History of Lobbying for Cuba

By Katelyn Polantz |

Surely lobbyists have worked on behalf of the Cubans? Indeed, some have—but not since 1975. The NLJ found the country's advocacy history in Foreign Agents Registration Act documents.

Karen LeCraft Henderson.

D.C. Circuit Revives Ex-UDC Law Prof’s Discrimination Case

By Zoe Tillman |

A former professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law can proceed with a lawsuit accusing school officials of denying her tenure because of her race and gender, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: feds to sue New York over conditions at Rikers Island, a panel calls for serious changes within the Secret Service and holiday-related litigation around the United States.

E. Barrett Prettyman Court House.

Judge Orders KBR to Disclose Docs to Whistleblower

By Nate Beck |

A defense contractor on Thursday moved to seal a Washington’s judge’s public court ruling that compels the company to disclose contested documents in a whistleblower’s suit alleging a kickback scheme. The presiding judge issued a redacted ruling.

Google Asks Users to 'Take Action' on Surveillance Reform

By Andrew Ramonas |

Google Inc. is trying to build public support for surveillance reform next year, saying on a new webpage that "2015 will be our moment."

Morning Wrap: Fights at the Courthouse

By Katelyn Polantz |

News on tension at court houses across the country, and the legal industry’s reaction to U.S.-Cuban relations: This is a daily round-up from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

Next Time, on ‘Serial,’ The Lawyers Are Listening

By Katelyn Polantz |

In a lot of ways, the lawyers who listen to "Serial" have the same reactions as any listener. They’re split on whether Adnan Syed killed fellow high school student Hae Min Lee, the crime for which he’s been jailed for 15 years. The series may resolve that, its main question, in its final episode Thursday.

Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

D.C. Court Vacancies Pile Up As Senate Fails to Act on Nominees

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Senate failed to act on five nominees to the District of Columbia’s local courts before adjourning for the year on Tuesday.

Jay Stephens.

Veteran DOJ Lawyer and Raytheon GC Jay Stephens Retiring

By Andrew Ramonas |

Jay Stephens is retiring as the general counsel of Raytheon Co., ending a decades-long legal career that brought him to some of the highest rungs of the U.S. Department of the Justice before he joined the defense contractor in 2002.

Amit Mehta, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.  September 17, 2014.

Zuckerman's Amit Mehta Confirmed to DC Federal Trial Bench

By Mike Sacks |

The Senate late Tuesday night confirmed Zuckerman Spaeder partner Amit Mehta to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, making him the city’s first Asian Pacific American federal trial judge.

Vigil and Rally on Lafayette Park, across from the White House, calling for action to secure Alan Gross’s release from prison in Cuba, where he has been held since 2009 when he was there doing work as a contractor.  December 3, 2013.

Cuba Releases Jailed American Alan Gross

By Jenna Greene |

After five years in a Cuban prison, U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross has been released. The White House on Wednesday unveiled a new initiative to amend relations with Cuba.

The Morning Wrap: Apple Wins Antitrust Trial

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: Jury finds for Apple in antitrust action; Google enemies take their fight to state AGs; law school enrollment drops again.

Florida Federal Prosecutor Disciplined Over Warrant Application

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal prosecutor in Florida was recently disciplined for providing false information to a U.S. magistrate judge’s secretary about a tracker warrant application.

U.S. Department of Justice.

Watchdog’s Foreign Lobbying Audit Finds ‘Lax Enforcement’

By Andrew Ramonas |

U.S. lobbyists representing foreign governments don't have much reason to fear the U.S. Department of Justice if they skirt a federal law requiring them to report certain details about their advocacy, according to a report a watchdog group released Tuesday.

Paul Friedman.

Judge to Dismiss 1997 Class Action Against D.C. Over Special Education Services

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington announced on Tuesday that he was dismissing a class action filed against the District of Columbia in 1997 over the city’s failures in providing special education services to children.

Rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, on the day of oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  February 27, 2013.

Texas: Judge in Voting Rights Case Made 'Winners Out of Clear Losers'

By Zoe Tillman |

Lawyers for the state of Texas have accused a federal district judge of wrongfully awarding "a consolation prize" of more than $1 million in attorney fees to groups that challenged the state’s redistricting plans.

Joe Arpaio.

Feds Ask Judge to Dismiss Sheriff’s Immigration Lawsuit

By Mike Scarcella |

The U.S. Justice Department is urging a federal district judge in Washington to deny Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for an injunction to block the Obama administration’s execution action on immigration. Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., contends the administration overstepped its authority.

Theodore Boutrous Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Morning Wrap: YouTube in the Ninth Circuit, and E-Books in the Second

By Mike Scarcella |

Apple's defending its e-Books deal with publishers, lawyers for YouTube fight over copyright issues and tech companies pile on in support of Microsoft in a dispute over a search warrant for email in Ireland. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

David Vitter (R-LA).

Three Republicans to Join Senate Judiciary Committee

By Mike Sacks |

Two of the three new Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee—like the incoming chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa—are not lawyers.

The Agony in the Garden by El Greco.

Suit Against Hungary Over Seized Art Remains Alive

By Nate Beck |

A Washington federal district judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit to compel Hungary to return more than $100 million in artwork seized from a Jewish collector during the Holocaust.

Brad Smith.

Tech Industry Backs Microsoft in Search Warrant Dispute

By Andrew Ramonas |

Technology companies and their backers are flooding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with filings in support of Microsoft Corp.'s bid to quash a U.S. government search warrant for customer data the tech giant has stored overseas.

Diana Motz, left, and Andre Davis, right.

Fourth Circuit Grapples With Privacy of Cell Tower Data

By Mike Scarcella |

Maryland's top federal prosecutor argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that cellphone users have no privacy expectation in the records that wireless providers create and keep about cellphone tower location data.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: less money for federal legal services contractors, U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on ban on life sentences for juveniles, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. taking on news organizations over breach and a U.S. government shutdown averted.

Ban on Life Sentences for Juveniles Gets Fresh Look in High Court

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would decide whether its 2012 decision prohibiting mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile murderers under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes is retroactive.

Cybersecurity Bill Passes Without Liability Protections

By Andrew Ramonas |

Congress has passed legislation intended to improve the exchange of cyberthreat details between the public and private sectors, but without legal liability protections that the business community has sought in its quest to share cybersecurity information.

Hillary Clinton.

FEC Accused of Sitting on Complaint Against 'Ready For Hillary' PAC

By Zoe Tillman |

A political action committee opposing Hillary Clinton's would-be presidential run filed a lawsuit this week accusing the Federal Election Commission of failing to act on a complaint alleging campaign finance violations by Clinton supporters.

Monoliths that comprise the whole of the Bill of Rights Monument near the Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

50 States, 50 Monuments to the Bill of Rights

By Tony Mauro |

"I love the idea of ending up with 50 different monuments in 50 different locations, because that so perfectly reflects the spirit of individuality that's embedded in the Bill of Rights," said comic Chris Bliss, the leader of the effort. "As long as they all have the same words on them!"

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: UVA associate dean and others connected to Rolling Stone's controversial article lawyer up, a St. Louis judge orders police to give warnings before using tear gas and tips for a liability-free holiday party.

Supreme Court building.

German Company's High-Court Briefs Draw Scrutiny

By Tony Mauro |

More unorthodox briefs filed on behalf of German tech company Sigram Schindler have surfaced in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court order Dec. 8 threatening sanctions against a court practitioner for a petition he filed for the firm.

Former UDC Law Professor Sues School for Discrimination

By Zoe Tillman |

A former law professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is accusing the school of discriminating against African-American faculty.

Arent Fox Sues Nevada Trucking Group For $100K Connected to Politician's Case

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Nevada Trucking Association had hired Arent Fox to defend a prominent state politician and U.S. Senate candidate, Robert Beers, in a 2012 suit. Arent Fox did about $100,000 worth of work, the firm said, until a judge dismissed the case in September 2013. The legal fees remain unpaid, the firm says.

Tax Group Calls Burger King Merger 'Whopper of a Tax Dodge'

By Andrew Ramonas |

Burger King Worldwide Inc. will save hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. taxes by merging with a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, according to a new report from a tax advocacy group that called the deal a "'whopper' of a tax dodge."

Morning Wrap: Jones Day and the Detroit Manager, and the Legal Rights of a Santa Bar Crawl

By Katelyn Polantz |

Bill Cosby faces another lawsuit, the U.S. Congress plans to increase federal spending for courts, and Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis bask in the aura of the lateral move market: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

Federal Trade Commission commissioner Julie Brill discussing patent trolls, in an event organized by the Computer & Communications Industry Association and The American Antitrust Institute, held at The National Press Club.  December 10, 2014.

FTC Wrapping Up Wide-Ranging Patent Troll Study

By Andrew Ramonas |

A high-profile patent troll study the Federal Trade Commission announced in 2013 likely will conclude in the coming months, FTC commissioner Julie Brill said Wednesday.

Barbara Mikulski.

Judiciary Sees Budget Uptick in Federal Spending Deal

By Mike Sacks |

Federal courts and their security are up and public defender services are down in Congress’ appropriations to the judiciary for 2015. The federal defenders’ budget for next year is one of the only cuts in judiciary spending.

CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

Feds Fight Disclosure of Docs on Destruction of CIA Tapes

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice filed papers on Tuesday fighting the release of documents that detail the investigation of the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. The New York Times is the plaintiff in the FOIA suit.

Occupy D.C. demonstration.  November 7, 2011.

Occupy Protester's Excessive-Force Case Goes Before DC Circuit

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington appeared skeptical on Wednesday of an Occupy D.C. protester’s lawsuit against police officers who restrained and shot him with a Taser. But the judges did press the government to justify the tasing.

Detainees are shown to their new living quarters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

With Eye on Supreme Court, CIA Transferred Detainees from Guantánamo

By Mike Sacks |

In 2004, lawyers at the Central Intelligence Agency sized up the first Guantánamo detainee case coming to the U.S. Supreme Court and did not like their prospects. They were right.

U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

Former Office of Special Counsel Official Sues Agency for Records

By Zoe Tillman |

The former deputy director of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel is suing his former employer for information about a 2013 report that he claims contained “false and slanderous assertions of fact.”

Dianne Feinstein.

Publication of Senate Torture Report Won't End Litigation

By Zoe Tillman |

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released hundreds of pages of previously classified documents providing new details on the scope of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Lawsuits challenging the government’s denials of requests for records related to the Senate's study are still pending in Washington federal district court.

Survey Says: The Best (and Worst) Federal Agencies for Lawyers

By Jenna Greene |

The happiest workers in the federal government are in the general counsel’s office at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which ranked first out of 314 agency subcomponents in the latest “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” survey.

Boies, Schiller & Flexner office in Washington, D.C.

FDA Chief of Staff Leaves for Boies Schiller

By Katelyn Polantz |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's chief of staff is heading to Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington. The firm announced on Tuesday it hired Lisa Barclay as counsel to focus on litigation and regulatory law.

Foley Partner Faces Possible High-Court Discipline Over Cert Petition

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an extraordinary order on Monday telling a Washington practitioner to show cause why he should not be sanctioned for “his conduct as a member of the bar of this court” in connection with a pending petition in a patent case.

Brad Smith.

Morning Wrap: Microsoft Presses Warrant Challenge, Law Students Speak Out Over Grand Juries

By Mike Scarcella |

Roundup of legal news from ALM publications and other media: Microsoft on Monday filed its opening brief in a dispute in the Second Circuit over a government search warrant; Law students speak out against grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases; A Texas court will review the state's flag desecration law.

David Hantman, Head of Global Public Policy at Airbnb, discussing the regulation of the “sharing economy,” on Capitol Hill.  December 8, 2014.

Is It Time to Regulate the 'Sharing Economy'?

By Andrew Ramonas |

David Hantman, the chief lobbyist for home-rental business Airbnb Inc., on Monday cautioned government regulators against imposing new rules on members of the so-called "sharing economy" without conclusive data that justifies the regulations.

Pillsbury's new office at 1200 17th St. NW in Washington.

Pillsbury Lawyers to See ‘Radical Change’ in New Office

By Katelyn Polantz |

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's downsizing to a new office building Monday follows a number of Washington firms that have reduced their footprints in recent years. The new D.C. building feels so small, you can stand near its main reception area to see views out of all four exterior walls.

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010.

High Court Refuses BP Push to Review Deepwater Settlement

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear BP PLC's challenge to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement. The justices, without comment, denied review in BP Production & Development v. Lake Eugenie Land & Development.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the U.S. Supreme Court's Confederate flag license plate case, law students protesting, Squire Patton Boggs lobbying on sexual assault issues and legal industry jobs.

Irvin Nathan.

District AG Irvin Nathan to Return to Arnold & Porter

By Katelyn Polantz and Mike Sacks |

Irvin Nathan, the District of Columbia’s last attorney general appointed by a mayor, has rejoined Arnold & Porter as senior counsel.

Proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate.

Justices to Hear Dispute Over Confederate Flag on Texas Plates

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether Texas was guilty of "viewpoint discrimination" when it refused to issue a vanity license plate showing the Confederate flag.

Elaine Kaplan.

IBM Loses Suit Over Army Auditing Contract

By Nate Beck |

A federal claims judge has denied IBM’s challenge over a government decision to award a U.S. Army auditing contract to low-bidder Ernst & Young.

CCTV footage of Aaron Alexis in building 197 holding a Remington 870 shotgun.  September 16, 2013.

CBS Sued for Defamation Over Coverage of Navy Yard Shooting

By Zoe Tillman |

A Virginia man incorrectly identified as the gunman who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013 is suing CBS for defamation.

Retail and Finance Sectors Want Cybersecurity Info Sharing

By Andrew Ramonas |

Top advocates for the retail and financial services industries are calling on federal lawmakers to approve cyberthreat information-sharing legislation amid talks on Capitol Hill about passing a cybersecurity bill before a new Congress begins in January.

FBI building in Washington, D.C.

Here's What the Feds Found in Suspended FBI Agent's Car

By Zoe Tillman |

A Justice Department memo, sealed until Friday, outlines misconduct claims against an FBI agent whose alleged misdeeds has led to dismissals of drug cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the Justice Department finds civil rights violations in Cleveland, what DOJ's investigation into the death of Eric Garner means for Loretta Lynch's nomination and three former U.S. Supreme Court clerks join McGuireWoods.

Jim Hickey.

New Leader Takes Helm at Lobbying Association

By Andrew Ramonas |

Washington lobbyist James Hickey took the reins of the Association of Government Relations Professionals on Thursday, inheriting an organization that has added hundreds of new members since it stopped calling itself the American League of Lobbyists last year.

(l-r) Katherine Mims Crocker, Rebecca Gantt and Brian Schmalzbach, new McGuireWoods associates, and former U.S. Supreme Court clerks.

McGuireWoods Hires Three Former Supreme Court Clerks

By Tony Mauro |

Not all U.S. Supreme Court law clerks head to law firms with long-established practices at the high court after a year with their justices. McGuireWoods announced Thursday it has hired three former Supreme Court law clerks among 33 new associates.

Building housing the offices of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at 1401 New York Avenue, NW.

National Civil Rights Group Takes Its Landlord to Court

By Zoe Tillman |

One of the country’s premier civil rights organizations is suing its landlord in federal court, claiming imminent building renovations will interfere with its legal work and other operations in violation of its lease.

Loretta Lynch.

Morning Wrap: Jones Day's Bankruptcy Billing, Feds Begin Eric Garner Investigation

By Katelyn Polantz |

Jones Day’s billing for Detroit bankruptcy work, the national response to the Eric Garner grand jury, and Michael Hausfeld gets a spread in Playboy: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.

Holder Promises 'Fair and Expeditious' Investigation of Eric Garner Death

By Zoe Tillman |

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced late Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating potential federal civil rights violations in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a white police officer placed him in a chokehold.

Court Cameras Would Open Up 'Machinery of Government,' Rep. Says

By Tony Mauro |

Members of a House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday voiced strong support for allowing camera access to the federal courts as a needed step that will bring greater transparency to the judicial branch.

Tanya Chutkan.

Judge Sentences Ex-Law Firm Controller to 20 Months in Prison

By Nate Beck |

A former controller at a Washington firm was sentenced to 20 months in prison Tuesday after stealing more than $960,000 from the firm’s accounts over four years.

Hiroshi Shimizu.

Takata Exec Defends Decision to Limit Air Bag Recall

By Andrew Ramonas |

Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president for global quality assurance at Takata Corp., on Wednesday defended his company's decision not to initiate a nationwide air bag recall, saying a regional recall is sufficiently addressing a deadly safety defect.

Rudolph Contreras.

Judge Questions Feds' 'Mysterious' Phone Database

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington has ordered prosecutors to provide him with details about a "mysterious" database of phone numbers used by U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators.

P. David Lopez.

Senate Confirms EEOC Leaders

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday reappointed P. David Lopez as general counsel to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and confirmed senior U.S. Justice Department attorney Charlotte Burrows to serve as a commissioner.

The Morning Wrap: AG Nominee Lynch and Race Issues

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM and around the web: Lynch on race relations; a strong year for regulatory practices in DC; Apple antitrust trial.

Gladys Kessler.

Feds Appeal Order to Release Guantánamo Videos

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it will appeal a judge’s order requiring the release of 32 videos depicting the forced feeding of a detainee at the Guantánamo Bay military facility.

Anthony Pierce, partner at Akin Gump, speaking during The 2014 NLJ Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C.

Regulatory Work Strong in 2014, Law Firm Leaders Say

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington law leaders predict a strong 2014 for their firms' regulatory and related practices, though any growth may be in spite of the federal government’s gridlock in Congress. Generally, chiefs from Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Arent Fox—speaking on a panel at the NLJ’s Regulatory Summit—said their business had been solid throughout 2014.

Mark Katz, Chairman of Arent Fox, speaking during The 2014 NLJ Regulatory Summit.

Arent Fox’s Revenue Grows Again About 10 Percent

By Katelyn Polantz |

Building on a record 2013, Arent Fox’s 2014 revenue to date has grown again by about 10 percent compared to the previous year to date, the firm’s chairman, Mark Katz, said Tuesday at a panel discussion among law firm leaders.

Wiley Rein, Calif. Political Group Fight Over Legal Fees

By Zoe Tillman |

Wiley Rein and a nonprofit political group that promotes fiscal conservatism have taken each other to court over the firm’s legal bills. The firm filed suit in Washington two days after being sued in California.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. answers questions from members of Congress on Dec. 8, 2011.

Morning Wrap: Holder Confronts Racial Profiling, Judge Limits Feds' Email Search Request

By Mike Scarcella |

A roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications, including: AG Eric Holder Jr. plans new guidance to fight law enforcement profiling; a Calif. judge rejects an indefinite gag order against Microsoft; the Connecticut Law Tribune fights an order blocking publication of an article.

Venable Sues Ex-Client Over $300K in Legal Fees

By Mike Scarcella |

Venable is suing a former client over the collection of more than $300,000 in legal fees. The complaint alleges New Jersey-based Overseas Lease Group Inc. “fraudulently induced” the firm to agree to replace Wiley Rein in a government-contracts case in federal claims court.

A. Eduardo Balarezo.

Defense Lawyer Pushes to Broaden FBI Evidence-Tampering Probe

By Zoe Tillman |

An investigation into alleged evidence tampering by an FBI agent is raising questions about the reliability of the agency’s evidence protocols, according to a criminal defense lawyer involved in one of the cases touched by the scandal.

Ada Meloy.

American Council on Education GC Dies in Car Crash

By Andrew Ramonas |

Ada Meloy, general counsel of the American Council on Education, died Thursday morning in a car crash while traveling to see friends and relatives in Pennsylvania, the organization has confirmed. She was 64.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Justice Ginsburg Back on Bench Days After Heart Procedure

By Tony Mauro |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on the bench Monday morning for oral argument after undergoing a heart procedure last week. She was released from a Washington hospital on Thursday morning last week.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson resigns, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves the hospital, Microsoft Corp. general counsel Brad Smith looks ahead to 2015 in D.C. and the unintended consequences of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict-minerals rule.

Michael D. Kohn of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto.

Whistleblower, KBR Spar Over Access to Internal Docs

By Nate Beck |

A federal judge last week ruled papers from an Iraq war contractor’s internal inquiry into an alleged kickback scheme aren’t protected by attorney-client privilege in a whistleblower’s lawsuit against the company.

Used office furniture.

Edwards Wildman Sheds 18 Tons

By Katelyn Polantz |

‘Tis the season for giving, and a large Washington law office found a way to take part when it revamped its interior this year.

Amy Berman Jackson.

D.C. Judge Voids FEC Rule Limiting Donor Disclosures

By Marcia Coyle |

As challenges to election disclosure rules proliferate around the country, campaign finance reform advocates scored a significant victory Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson struck down a Federal Elections Commission rule limiting donor disclosures for "electioneering communications."

Brad Smith.

Microsoft GC Looking Ahead to 2015 in Congress and DOJ

By Andrew Ramonas |

U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch has a fan in Microsoft Corp. general counsel Brad Smith.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg 'Resting Comfortably' After Heart Procedure

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is "resting comfortably" after undergoing a heart catheterization procedure on Wednesday. She was released from the hospital on Thursday.

The Morning Wrap: A Quieter Night in Ferguson, but Protests Spread

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM and other publications, including: The National Guard keeps the peace in Ferguson but St. Louis County Prosecutor faces criticism; UVA hires O'Melveny to investigate rapes; Uber gets sued.

Dennis Hastert, Tom Daschle

Daschle, Hastert to Headline NLJ Regulatory Summit on Dec. 2

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will analyze the federal regulatory climate in the wake of the 2014 midterm elections at the National Law Journal’s 2014 Regulatory Summit on Tuesday.

Justice Antonin Scalia and House Speaker John Boehner.

John Boehner’s Foes in Health Care Suit? Scalia and Bork.

By Mike Sacks |

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, last week filed his long-anticipated lawsuit against the Obama administration. But the speaker’s biggest foe in this interbranch fight isn’t the president or the Democrats. It’s Antonin Scalia and Robert Bork.

Danielle Gray, Walter Dellinger, and Apalla Chopra

U. Va. Picks O’Melveny Team to Investigate Sexual-Assault Crisis

By Tony Mauro |

The beleaguered University of Virginia on Tuesday turned to a "multidisciplinary team" from O’Melveny & Myers to serve as independent counsel and investigate the problem and handling of sexual violence on the campus.

Hiroshi Shimizu, Senior Vice President of Global Quality Assurance at Takata Corporation, during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled “Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process.” November 20, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Senators Want Takata Internal Documents on Air Bag Defect

By Andrew Ramonas |

Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Jay Rockefeller IV of West Virginia have demanded numerous internal documents from Takata Corp. about its deadly air bag safety defect, saying a top executive at the Japanese manufacturer left them with "many significant questions" about the problem.

Judge Rules Redskins Trademark Defense Can Move Forward

By Zoe Tillman |

The Washington Redskins’ legal fight to defend its trademarks can proceed in a federal district court, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Ferguson Protesters Swarm Steps of Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

Hundreds of demonstrators surged up the off-limits steps of the U.S. Supreme Court early Tuesday morning as part of nationwide protests against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot a Ferguson teenager in August.

Demonstrators in August gather outside the U.S. Department of Justice for a rally in support of Michael Brown, fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by police officer Darren Wilson.

The Morning Wrap: Unrest Returns to Ferguson

By Mike Scarcella |

A roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications, including: The Justice Department's Michael Brown investigation continues; DOJ lawyer Leondra Kruger is picked for the California Supreme Court; Microsoft sues the IRS.

Eric Holder Jr.

DOJ Ferguson Probe Continues After Grand Jury Declines to Indict

By Zoe Tillman |

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said the U.S. Justice Department's investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown is ongoing. "The federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now," Holder said late Monday.

Leondra Reid Kruger

DOJ Lawyer Leondra Kruger Picked for Calif. Supreme Court

By Cheryl Miller |

Gov. Jerry Brown will nominate U.S. Department of Justice attorney Leondra Kruger to the California Supreme Court later today, sources familiar with the decision told The Recorder. Kruger, 38, has served as acting principal deputy U.S. solicitor general and has argued more than 10 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Larry Craig.

Larry Craig Takes Campaign-Funds Fight to D.C. Circuit

By Zoe Tillman |

Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig is appealing an order that requires him to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds he used to pay legal bills.

Former Law Firm Partner Convicted in Child Pornography Case Faces Disbarment

By Zoe Tillman |

A former Hunton & Williams partner is facing disbarment in the District of Columbia six years after he was convicted of using his law firm computer to download child pornography.

Headquarters of the Securities and Exchange Commission

SEC Looks the Other Way on Political Spend Disclosure

By Andrew Ramonas |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has declined to make the disclosure of corporate political spending a priority for next year, despite mounting pressure by a law professor and his supporters to put the matter back on the agency's agenda.

Hunton & Williams Picks Up U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy of Virginia

By Katelyn Polantz |

Timothy Heaphy, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, will join Hunton & Williams to lead its white-collar investigations unit. The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday Heaphy had told the president and attorney general he would step down.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform, a new home for about 750 Bingham McCutchen lawyers and staffers, lobbying in the Republican-controlled Congress and the incoming chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Peter Shields.

Wiley Rein Says It Will Close on Lobbying Acquisition This Year

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wiley Rein said Friday afternoon it planned to acquire all of McBee Strategic Consulting, a lobby shop recently deserted by its founder for a job leading a New Jersey-based energy company. The acquisition isn’t yet a done deal. A number of McBee employees continue to interview for jobs with other lobby shops.