A-O: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe are talking about a merger. The BLT takes a look at what a marriage of the two firms would look like. The Akin-Orrick combination would create a firm with gross revenues of $1.57 billion and about 1,800 lawyers in nearly 30 offices around the world.
Signing Up: The National Law Journal reports more than 100 lawyers who are suing BP PLC over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster are vying for a slot on the committee that will lead the multidistrict litigation. Meanwhile, a new CEO is shaking up management at BP, The Wall Street Journal reports today.
Texting: Drivers continue to text away despite laws than ban the activity, according to a new report from an insurance industry-funded research group that The Washington Post examines..
Capone Lives: The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court and Miami-Dade County re-enacted the perjury trial of Alphonse Gabriel Capone in part to celebrate the court's 100th birthday, The New York Times reports.
Court Budget Woes: A group of lawyers in New Hampshire led by a former state Supreme Court justice are suing the state with the intent to restore about $4 million to the courts system, The National Law Journal reports. The suit in Merrimack County Superior Court was filed as a petition for injunctive and declaratory relief and writ of mandamus.