Kagan Vote: The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled today to vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. The National Law Journal reports Kagan did not advise President Barack Obama on the constitutionality of the administration's healthcare overhaul, indicating it's unlikely Kagan would recuse from the issue if she is confirmed to the high court.
New Whistleblower Program: The financial reform legislation that President Obama is expected to sign this week establishes a new whistleblower program with potentially large cash rewards for individuals who give up information about securities law crime, The National Law Journal reports. Some corporate defense lawyers call it a "bounty" reward program because it covers violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Patent Suit: Nomir Medical Technologies Inc., a medical device manufacturer, is suing McDermott Will & Emery and three of its former lawyers in Massachusetts state court for $143 million for missing four key patent filing deadlines, The National Law Journal reports. The law firm said in a statement that Nomir's claims are without merit.
Toyota Subpoenaed: The Wall Street Journal reports a federal grand jury in New York has subpoenaed Toyota Motor Corp. to submit documents related to problems with steering relay rods. The subpoenas are different than those the company received in February that were tied to unintended acceleration and braking problems, a company spokeswoman said. The New York Times write-up is here.
Grim Sleeper: Lonnie David Franklin Jr., a mechanic and auto thief who's been dubbed the "Grim Sleeper," is behind bars on charges linked to a series of unsolved homicides in Los Angeles in that began in the 1980s. The New York Times tracks the history of the killings.