High Court Change: Welcome to the Supreme Court. Justices discuss the arrival of their new colleague, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a C-SPAN series on the high court that begins airing Oct. 4, The Washington Post reports. C-SPAN released a portion of the video Thursday because Justice Sotomayor is set to take the bench for the first time Sept. 9. "To some extent, it's unsettling," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told C-SPAN. "You quickly get to view the court as . . . composed of these members, and it becomes kind of hard to think of it as involving anyone else. I suspect it's like people look at their families."
'Catcher' in the Court: A federal appeals court took up a closely watched copyright case Thursday in hearing a dispute about whether a book based on J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" should be barred from publication in the United States, IP Law & Business reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit questioned whether a district judge acted sufficiently examined whether the book—Fredrik Colting's "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye"—was fair use under copyright law. The New York Times and three other national news organizations filed an amicus brief in the case, saying that Salinger's infringement claim does not justify blocking publication of the book.
Goodbye, Skadden: Robert Bennett, a 20-year veteran of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is leaving the firm to take a post at Hogan & Hartson, The BLT reports. Bennett said he was not required to leave and that the firm offered him a "handsome package" to stay. Pressed for details about the move, Bennett was tight-lipped. "You know, change is good. That’s all I’ll say about that,” he said.
Lightning Appeal: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit heard argument Thursday on an order that disqualified Debevoise & Plimpton as counsel for MetLife in an $8 billion class action, The New York Law Journal reports. Argument in the case came on the eve of trial in In re MetLife Demutualization. The appeals court gave lawyers for the 8.6 million holders of MetLife policies until Sept. 11 to file another brief in the case.