* Starbucks and the government Ethiopia have been clashing over Ethiopia's plan to trademark the names of its coffee-producing regions and then license those names to coffee companies. Legal biz reporter Alexia Garamfalvi has the story here.
* A former Hunton & Williams partner is suing the firm because he says he was denied his share of firm profits after he resigned and left for Sheppard, Mullin. Meantime, a former Akin Gump lawyer is suing that firm, saying he was pushed out because of his age.
* Tony Mauro filed his latest Courtside column, with notes from the Supreme Court.
* The US Telecom Assocation has parted ways with its senior Democratic lobbyist, Edward Merlis. (Subscription Required)
* After its failed merger talks with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Dewey Ballantine is in talks with Galgano, a firm based in Bologna, Italy. (Subscription Required)
* John Whitehead and Douglas Kmiec debated whether courts should allow taxpayer suits under the First Amendment's establishment clause.