Car Wars: Toyota's Prius hybrid is "at the center of a bruising patent fight" in which the automakers ability to import the vehicle into the United States is at stake, writes Jenna Greene. Paice LLC, of Bonita Springs, Fla. is trying to get the maximum royalty fee for each Prius sold using technology a Texas court already says belongs to the tiny company.
Revamping Recusals: Congress is getting ready to consider changes to the federal recusal guidelines, writes David Ingram. Proposals being discussed include requiring a second judge to rule on a recusal motion and making substitutions automatic if a party files a sworn affidavit alleging prejudice.
Listening Party: Lawyers for ex-Rep. Rick Renzi say the government recorded at least 50 conversations between them and their client during their investigation into the House Republican. They say the talks were privileged, and are trying to convince a federal judge to either throw out the government's indictment against Renzi, or at least suppress some of its evidence. Mike Scarcella has the story.
Financial Lobbying: Finance companies spent spent $37 million on lobbying during the first half of 2009, putting them on pace to match the $49.6 million spent on lobbying last year, writes Carrie Levine. Some companies are still tightening their lobbying budgets, but with a banking bill looming in Congress,at least some industry players are expecting to up their spending.