Apply Now: Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced yesterday the application process has begun for those lawyers and judges who are looking to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, The BLT reported. Norton's 17-member nominating commission is accepting applications for three vacancies on the bench. The deadline is May 15. Check out The BLT for names of some of the lawyers and judges who are said to be contenders.
Partner Accused: Cozen O'Connor partner and former Liberal Party head Raymond B. Harding was arraigned yesterday in New York on charges he pocketed more than $800,000 in "sham" fees for political favors to former New York Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, The New York Law Journal reports. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accuses Harding of creating a vacancy in a political district in Queens to set up a spot for Hevesi's son. Harding's lawyers, Gary Naftalis and David Frankel, said in a statement that Harding is "innocent" of "these baseless accusations."
Big Settlement: Quest Diagnostics Inc. and its subsidiary, Nichols Institute Diagnostics (NID), have agreed to a $302 million global settlement to wrap up criminal and civil allegations concerning diagnostic test kits NID manufactured, marketed, and sold to laboratories, The National Law Journal is reporting. The settlement is one of the largest ever recoveries in a case involving a medical device.
Upset Professors: Two law professors are claiming in a federal suit that West Publishing falsely identified them as the authors of a supplement to a treatise on Pennsylvania criminal law even though the profs say they had nothing to do with writing it, The Legal Intelligencer reports. Professors David Rudovsky of the University of Pennsylvania and Leonard Sosnov of Widener Law School allege the December supplement to their book was so poorly researched it will damage their reputations. The professors are demanding that West notify recipients of the supplement that Rudovsky and Sosnov were not the authors.