Litigious: The number of lawsuits challenging election procedures is racing toward an all-time hight, The Wall Street Journal reports. The cases considered most important are in battleground states like Virginia, where the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has asked a federal judge to put more voting machines in urban areas and to keep polls open late in neighborhoods with large minority populations.
It's Not Funny: Can Jerry Seinfeld's jokes be the basis of a defamation lawsuit? The comic and his wife are being sued by cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine, who says Jessica Seinfeld plagiarized her work. She sued for infringement, and then Lapine went after Jerry for referring to her as an "assassin," among other things, on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The American Lawyer has this story on the lawsuit and a new affidavit filed by Lapine, in which she says she has never "felt so frightened and vulnerable as the day my daughter, seven years old, came home from school and asked, 'Mom, what is an assassin?"
Mixed Messages: Memos released by congressional investigators yesterday show that the top officials at the Food and Drug Administration opposed federal preemption regulations that block lawsuits against drug companies, The Washington Post reports. The memos are at odds with the agency's position in a case the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Monday, Wyeth v. Levine. At issue is whether federal drug approval and warning labels should preempt stricter state laws. The FDA says they should.