Civil Rights Lawyers Wanted: The New York Times reports on Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.'s plans to shake up the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Holder has asked for funding for more than 50 additional lawyers, and he wants the division to reassert itself in some kinds of cases that the Bush administration typically did not pursue.
Tobacco in Court Again: Some of the largest U.S. tobacco companies filed suit Monday to try to block parts of a new law regulating their industry, Reuters reports. The lawsuit, filed in Kentucky federal court, argues that the law violates their rights to commercial speech, but it does not challenge the law's main provisions giving the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products. Click here for the story from the Winston-Salem Journal.
'Operation Twisted Traveler': A new international initiative designed to fight child-sex tourism has apparently nabbed its first three defendants, The Washington Post reports. The initiative includes the Justice Department and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Three Americans are expected to be charged in Los Angeles federal court, in connection with travel to Cambodia, the Post reports.
9th Circuit, Paris Hilton: An appeals court has ruled that Paris Hilton can continue pursuing a lawsuit against Hallmark Cards over the use of her picture and the catch phrase "That's hot" on a greeting card, The Associated Press reports via Law.com.