It's Kagan: President Barack Obama is expected this morning to announce his nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The National Law Journal Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro has the story here, and click here for a May 2009 interview with Kagan. The New York Times piece on the Kagan nomination is here. The Washington Post coverage is here.
Gusher of Work: The Texas Lawyer reports on the litigation rush following the April 20 explosion of a BP drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Injured workers and families of the 11 individuals who are presumed dead have filed personal injury and wrongful death suits. Shrimpers and charter fishing boat operators, among others, are participating in class actions that allege financial damage. "It's sort of like a gold rush for clients," says Brian O'Neill, a partner in Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, Minn., and lead plaintiffs counsel in the litigation stemming from the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred in 1989 off the coast of Alaska. The Wall Street Journal reports the rig owner had a rising tally of accidents.
Blaming the Taliban: Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., making his first Sunday morning talk show appearances since taking office, yesterday announced the Pakistani Taliban is behind the failed bombing in Times Square, The Washington Post reports. Holder also said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Justice Department is seeking a law that allows federal officials to interrogate terror suspects without first reading the person Miranda rights, The New York Times reports.
Rooting out Impostors: The Washington Post reports on a federal law that makes it a crime to claim an unearned military decoration. The FBI reports the crime is rising as soldiers return home from Iraq and Afghanistan with made-up tales. Free speech advocates say that lying about military heroics should not be criminal. A challenge to the law is pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.