With the Supreme Court's fall term kicking off today, Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro take a look at what we might expect out of the high court.
Marcia notes that there are few blockbuster cases but still plenty to keep an eye on. For example, it's the second term in a row where they will be closely examining a new justice for clues on how she will approach cases – last time, it was Justice Sonia Sotomayor; this time, it's Justice Elena Kagan.
Tony examines the increasing prominence of acting solicitors general, given that no new solicitor general has been appointed to replace Elena Kagan.
Jenna Greene brings this report on the Treasury Department's effort to line up law firms to help run the Troubled Assets Relief Program. So far, 13 firms have been hired at a cost to taxpayers of up to $100 million.
Mike Scarcella examines the sad case of Nicholas Marsh, a Justice Department lawyer known for his work on the prosecution of former Sen. Ted Stevens who committed suicide. In conversations with friends, Marsh, who turned 37 in June, maintained he'd done nothing wrong in the Stevens case, which fell apart over allegations that the government intentionally kept information secret from Stevens' attorneys.
This week's edition of The National Law Journal includes our Plaintiffs' Hot List. The firms selected for this year's honors are: Barroway Topaz Kessler Meltzer & Check; Berger & Montague; Bernstein Liebhard; Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann; Grant & Eisenhofer; Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro; Hausfeld; Labaton Sucharow; Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Milberg; Phillips & Cohen; and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
In Washington, Jeff Jeffrey reports on what a merger of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld would have looked like. This morning both firms, which had confirmed merger talks last week, announced that the talks have ended.
In Inadmissible, Battling old wounds over the D.C. Circuit; burger trial hits the bench; judges have space issues; taking bids on Dugan; Obama administration raises stakes over judicial nominees; Main Justice's new tenant; and Bassem's fight against the FBI continues in this week's column.