Broadcasting Bonanza: The programming deal between Time Warner Cable and News Corp. could benefit other broadcasters in demanding as much as $5 billion a year from pay-TV and their subscribers, The Washington Post reports.
Filling in the Federal Circuit: Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is on the White House short list for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Recorder reports. The Federal Circuit has never had a federal district judge -- or a lawyer from Silicon Valley -- appointed to the bench. Chief Judge Gregory Sleet of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and Judge Kathleen O'Malley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio are also contenders.
Clandestine Chemicals: A decades-old federal policy designed to protect trade secrets in the highly competitive world of commercial-use chemicals is facing criticism from, among others, the Obama administration, The Washington Post reports. The critics say the secrecy in the industry is making it tough for regulators and consumers to control and know about dangers.
The 'Exuberant Rookie': The New Yorker profiles Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the magazine's Jan. 11 edition, calling her the Court's "most exuberant rookie interrogator" since Justice Antonin Scalia took the bench in 1986. The magazine's analysis includes a nod to The National Law Journal, which in November found Sotomayor had asked more questions of advocates than compared to Chief Justice Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito in comparable periods during their first terms.
State of the Courts: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. didn't repeat his call for pay raises for federal judges in the 2009 year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary, The National Law Journal reports. Roberts reported that federal courts are operating soundly.