To Disbar or Not: A board of the D.C. Bar has split on how to discipline former federal prosecutor G. Paul Howes, The BLT reported last night. Howes' alleged misconduct includes authorizing more than $140,000 in payments to 132 witnesses, according to a 1998 U.S. Justice Department report.
Oil Spill Investigation: Citing "sources," The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department's criminal probe of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is focusing on three companies: BP, Transocean, and Halliburton.
Hiring in Regulatory Practices: The New York Times spotlights the number of government lawyers and staff members who are cashing out and moving into private practice. “The headhunters are out in force,” said Paul Hastings of counsel Lawrence Kaplan.
'Libel Tourism' Bill: The House passed a bill Tuesday aimed at shielding U.S. journalists, authors and publishers from "libel tourists" who file suit in countries where they expect to get the most favorable ruling, AFP reports. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama.
'The Travel Honeypot': Life Forms LLC, an Austin, Texas-based company, has filed a complaint against 26 companies alleging illegal importation of copycat products. The products in question? Sex toys, The National Law Journal reports.