Software Claims Invalidated: Software claims that TiVo Inc. used to win $200 million in sanctions and infringement damages against EchoStar Corp. are invalid, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said. The National Law Journal reports that TiVo has been waging its patent infringement battle over digital video recorder technology against EchoStar since 2004.
Murder Conviction Tossed: A renowned jailhouse lawyer named Jabar Collins, imprisoned since 1995 in a murder case, is expected to be released in the next few days after a federal judge blasted the Brooklyn district attorney's Office for failing to take responsibility for its prosecutors' alleged misconduct, The New York Law Journal reports via law.com. Collins, serving a 34-years-to-life sentence, uncovered documents suggesting that prosecutors withheld evidence and coerced witnesses.
Keeping it Secret: A federal appeals court has reversed a trial judge's ruling to publish about 1,800 pages of records documenting the New York City Police Department's surveillance and tactical strategy in advance of protests at the 2004 Republican National Convention, The New York Times reports. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit said that the release of the documents could compromise future surveillance efforts.
Faulty DUI Cases: District of Columbia officials are notifying nearly 400 motorists convicted of driving while intoxicated since the fall of 2008 that the results from breath test machines were inaccurate, The Washington Post reports. Half of the drivers who were convicted were sentenced to jail terms. D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said the machines were improperly adjusted by city police. So far, one suit's been filed against the District.
Settlement Reached: Envision EMI has agreed to pay up to $17 million in tuition vouchers for educational programs as part of a national settlement with thousands of students who complained about the company's sponsorship of conferences that coincided with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, The National Law Journal reports.
Kagan's Life: The Washington Post today profiles Elena Kagan, the president's pick to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Post writes that Kagan "has arrived at the age of 50 in a blaze of accomplishment. But her achievements can obscure how relatively narrow her world has been."
The Cup's in Chicago: The Stanley Cup returned to Chicago last night for the first time in nearly half a century, as the Blackhawks prevailed over the Philadelphia Flyers in an overtime win 4 - 3 at the Wachovia Center. Stories here, here and here.