Grounded Rocket: Judge Reggie Walton of Washington federal district court won't stand for any more public comments in the perjury case against former pitching star Roger "Rocket" Clemens, The National Law Journal reports. Walton, expressing frustration about ongoing extrajudicial remarks in the case, yesterday issued a gag order. The Washington Post has this write-up.
Research Funding Blocked: The top federal district judge in Washington yesterday temporarily enjoined the Obama administration from funding human embryonic stem cell research, saying that funding for such programs violate federal law, The National Law Journal reports. Click here for The Washington Post piece and here for The New York Times write-up. The Times reports the ruling came as a shock to the National Institutes of Health and to universities across the country.
Moving On: The National Law Journal is reporting that five Hogan Lovells intellectual property partners have jumped to DLA Piper's Los Angeles office. Hogan Lovells' co-chief executive officer J. Warren Gorrell Jr. said the departures were due to client conflicts.
Bank Settlements Criticized: Federal district judges are increasingly sounding off on settlements between the government and banks, The New York Times reports. Last week, two judges in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia criticized deals. In one case, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle refused to approve an agreement between the government and Citigroup. That same week, Judge Emmet Sullivan grilled Justice Department prosecutors about whether the government had brokered a "sweetheart" deal with London-based bank Barclays.
Diversity Discussions: Dewey & LeBoeuf has been sending letters to general counsel encouraging them to consider outside counsel that can offer teams of diverse partners to work on client matters, The New York Law Journal reports via Law.com. Lawyers said it is rare for law firms to suggest to clients ways in which to promote diversity.