Rejected Vaccine: The New York Times reports federal regulators rejected the mandatory vaccination of hens against salmonella on the ground there was not enough evidence to conclude that vaccinating would prevent people from getting sick. In Britain, the vaccination program has been a success. Industry experts say the lack of a mandatory vaccination program in the United States weakens egg safety rules.
Ethics Rule Stands: A federal appeals court has upheld the Indiana state judicial code of conduct, which has come under fire from a right-to-life group, The National Law Journal reports. The ethics rule rule that prohibits judges from identifying their views on abortion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit affirmed on a technicality a lower court ruling.
Rise and Fall: The Washington Post examines the history of the former Minerals Management Service and its partnership with the oil industry. MMS, dismantled and reshaped following the oil rig explosion and leak in the Gulf of Mexico, has adopted at least 78 industry-generated standards as federal regulations.
Bridge Collapse Settlement: More than one hundred plaintiffs participating in a novel 17-firm pro bono suit were connected to a $52.4 settlement last weekend in the case over the August 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, The National Law Journal reports. The settlement covered the gap between special masters' calculations of each victim's total damages and other payouts. Chris Messerly, a partner at Minneapolis-based Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi who helped lead bono consortium, conducts a Q-and-A with the NLJ.
Stem Cell Ruling: The U.S. Justice Department is planning to appeal this week's ruling blocking the administration from funding additional embryonic stem cell research.