Mine Safety Backlog: The Washington Post reports that the list of unresolved appeals for mine safety citations has grown since the Upper Big Branch mine, despite efforts by the Obama administration to reduce the backlog.
2006 Mine Cases Settle: Massey Energy has settled lawsuits filed by nine miners who survived the January 2006 fire at the company's Aracoma Mine, the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette reports. Terms were not disclosed.
Guiding the BP MDL: A federal judge in New Orleans has named 15 attorneys to serve on the plaintiffs' steering committee in the multidistrict litigation against BP PLC over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, The National Law Journal reports.
Vaccines and Autism: The U.S. Supreme Court hears argument today in a case related to so-called "vaccine courts," and The New York Times reports that the biggest effect of the court's ruling will be on lawsuits contending a link between vaccines and autism.
Rough First Day: Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new CEO will start his job in a courtroom, The Associated Press reports. Leo Apotheker is expected to be called as a witness in Oracle's corporate espionage trial against rival SAP AG, Apotheker's employer of more than 20 years.
Foreclosure Mess: The Wall Street Journal reports that as many as 40 state attorneys general are expected to announce an investigation this week into the mortgage-servicing industry, answering a call for increased government scrutiny of such companies.