Asia Practice: The National Law Journal this week brings you a special report that examines the state of legal markets in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Law firms with practices in the People's Republic of China are experiencing record growth, Amanda Bronstad reports. PLus, check out web-only features about the Hong Kong stock exchange and an analysis on how Hong Kong cleaned up its capital markets.
New Battle Plan: Marcia Coyle reports on restructuring of criminal defense and prosecution operations at the Navy amid a decline in the number of courts-martial. To better support defense and government litigators, the JAG Corps leadership has created a defense counsel assistance program and a trial counsel assistance program.
Lawsuit Delivery: In two cases this year, disputes between the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission have landed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Jeff Jeffrey reports on the latest case, filed Oct. 22. Postal officials are urging the appeals court to overturn a decision by regulators to reject an increase on the cost of mailing a letter or package.
A Fine Mess: Lawyers for a doctor whose criminal contempt conviction was overturned on appeal are fighting for the return of the $5,000 fine he paid in D.C. Superior Court. A trial judge refused to return the money, saying it's beyond his legal control. The D.C. Court of Appeals wants the judge to provide a response to the court explaining why the doctor should not get a refund since the underlying criminal conviction was vacated and dismissed.
Supreme Court Tension: In Inadmissible, Tony Mauro reports on former President George W. Bush's memoir "Decision Points" and the Supreme Court candidacy of Harriet Miers. Other items in the package include: Clifford Chance partner Wendy Wysong is promising "no rubber stamp" as the new special compliance officer for Xe Services, formerly Blackwater Worldwide. The D.C. Court of Appeals is looking for a successor to Judge Inez Smith Reid, who is planning to retire in April 2011.