Legal Times


INADMISSIBLE: First Amendment Flaw Found in SEC Rule

A federal securities rule that requires companies to publicly declare whether certain minerals used in products are "conflict free" violates the First Amendment, a divided federal appeals court in Washington ruled on April 14. Plus more in this week's column.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Roger L. Gregory.

INADMISSIBLE: Appellate Judges Feud Over Sentencing

Federal appellate judges often refer to their colleagues as "friends" — especially when there's disagreement on a panel. Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit used that word last week in — you got it — a sharply divided 2-1 ruling. Plus more in this week's column.

U.S. Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer

INADMISSIBLE: Clarity Elusive in Software Patents Case

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on March 31 as justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents. Plus more in this week's column.

Kirkland & Ellis' W. Neil Eggleston

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision. Plus more in this week's column.

Robert S. Strauss. (May 2008).

INADMISSIBLE: Robert Strauss Dies at 95

"One of the legendary lawyers that really don't exist anymore." That's how Hogan Lovells partner Robert Bennett described Robert Strauss, who died March 19 at the age of 95. Plus more in this week's column.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C.

INADMISSIBLE: Judiciary Hiring Public Defenders Again

Federal defender offices, which lost approximately 400 employees because of last year's mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, have enough money in this year's budget to begin backfilling most of those positions, court officials said on March 11. Plus more in this week's column.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

INADMISSIBLE: FCC Hits Restart On Net Neutrality Rules

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" could be the motto of the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to net neutrality. Plus more D.C. newsbriefs in this week's column.