Coal Dust-Up: Jenna Greene dissects a $50 million legal battle between two heavyweights of the coal industry. The case, now pending before a trio of arbiters, pits lawyers from Patton Boggs against those from Reed Smith.
Collateral Damage: Tony Mauro reports on an issue that has been simmering for years and is now beginning to boil: when, whether and how defendants should be informed about the collateral consequences of pleading or being found guilty. Depending on the defendant, the state and the crime, those consequences can include deportation, loss of the right to vote and disqualification from government services.
Daschle Going Global: Carrie Levine spoke one-on-one with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle about his move from Alston & Bird to DLA Piper. Daschle spoke about the chances he'll return to public life, his decision not to lobby, and his relationship with former DLA Piper adviser Dick Armey.
Michel Moving On: And over the weekend on The BLT, Mike Scarcella reported on Chief Judge Paul Michel announcing retirement plans. Michel, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, noted in June that five of the court's 12 active judges were then eligible to retire or assume senior status.