Hot Commodity: Hordes of big-firm lawyers and their clients have been beating a path to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, all eager to influence the tiny agency as it tackles a breathtaking array of new rules, including the first ever regulation of the $615 trillion market for over-the-counter derivatives, Jenna Greene reports.
Duty to Defend: The vaunted governmental "duty to defend" acts of Congress has been invoked often in recent weeks in connection with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law barring gays from the military. But the Justice Department has declined to fight for federal laws at least 13 times in recent years, Tony Mauro reports.
Gun Control: In Heller II, the sequel to 2008's landmark Second Amendment case, District of Columbia residents and officials again go to battle over the city's gun laws. And like any good sequel, many of the main characters are back, Mike Scarcella reports.
To China, with Love: Just four days after returning from a three-week trip to China, Royce Lamberth, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, published a massive 118-page opinion that keeps the Bank of China as a defendant in a civil terrorism suit, in Inadmissible.
Energy Law: In a special report on Energy Law, experts consider whether small nuclear may be the wave of the future, how uncertainties over current and potential future greenhouse gas-related laws and regulations are finding their way into contracts, and more.