Toyota Litigation Speeds Up: The judge supervising shareholder suits against Toyota for its sudden-acceleration problems named Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman as the lead plaintiff's firm, according this report in The National Law Journal. Meanwhile debate continues over the impact on the litigation of the Supreme Court's recent Morrison v. National Australia Bank decision limiting shareholder suits against foreign companies in U.S. courts.
Newsweek's New Owner: The troubled news magazine will be taken over from the Washington Post Co. by the wealthy audio music tycoon Sidney Harman. At age 91, Harman offered the best answer we've heard lately for why he would take on such a tough project, according to this article in The New York Times: "Because I think I should stop misspending my youth."
Virginia Immigration Stops: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has issued an advisory opinion that authorizes police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for any purpose. The Washington Post has the story.
Follow the Bouncing Ball: Mitch Miller, the bearded conductor and record company executive who helped define mid-20th century pop music and may have invented karaoke, died in New York at age 99, The Washington Post reports.