Striking Down DOMA: A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, The New York Times reports. The newspaper quotes law professors Jack Balkin and Erwin Chemerinsky at odds over the judge's logic.
Going North: Frederick Lawrence, dean of the George Washington University law school, has been named the next president of Brandeis University, The Boston Globe reports.
Allowing Drilling: A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit declined on Thursday to issue a temporary stay that would have restored an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, The Associated Press reports.
Hope for Pro Se Everywhere: The Recorder reports via Law.com that a pro se litigant took on Toyota and won Thursday when the 9th Circuit held that her family business's domain names, including buy-a-lexus.com, did not infringe on the auto giant's trademark.
Widening the Net?: Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. dropped some hints Thursday about the scope of the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the Gulf Coast oil spill. "For people to conclude that BP is the focus of this investigation might not be correct," Holder said, according to Politico.
Call in Davy Crockett: The management of the Alamo is under scrutiny from the Texas Attorney General's Office, The Wall Street Journal reports.