Unlike during the Clinton administration, when Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton helped choose each of the president’s nominees to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, some say President Barack Obama's nominations could be heavily influenced by his top two lawyers reports Jordan Weissmann and Mike Scarcella. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., formerly of Covington & Burling, and White House Counsel Gregory Craig, formerly of Williams & Connolly, could open a pipeline to Big Law firm lawyers for a seat on the D.C. Bench.
Marisa McQuilken reports the expensive battle between Whole Foods Market and the Federal Trade Commission is finally concluding, as Whole Foods has agreed to settle with the FTC. According to Whole Foods’ lawyer Paul Denis, a partner at Dechert, the decision came down to money. In December, Whole Foods said it had already spent $16 million on attorney and expert fees, and much of that was before the grocer also retained Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Justice John Paul Stevens, 88, is still playing a key role at the Supreme Court reports Tony Mauro. Just last week, Stevens helped craft a majority in Wyeth v. Levine. Two weeks ago, Stevens said the next justice ought to be sworn in at the Court, not the White House, to symbolize judicial independence.
Jeff Jeffrey and Brian Katkin report first-year associates who were laid off at dissolving firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood owe the firm money. According to the firm’s former managing partner, the firm’s dissolution committee is expecting to recover a $10,000 loan it issued to many of the first-years that was intended for the associates to use on bar registration fees, bar review courses, and other start-up expenses.