The State Races: Reporters David Ingram and Amanda Bronstad examine state races in which lawyers have poured big campaign contributions for governor, attorney general and other offices. There are 13 openings for attorneys general, including open spots in large states such as California, Florida and New York.
October Surprise: The U.S. Department of Justice filed two high-profile antitrust suits in October, one against the major credit-card companies, the other targeting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Jenna Greene reports. Under the leadership of Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney, the department had litigated just one civil case in federal court. Until October. The National Law Journal's special report on antitrust enforcement is here.
Furor in the Philippines: Claims of plagiarism against a Philippines high court justice have fueled controversy about a long-awaited ruling in the Philippines involving women who were sexually enslaved during World War II, Marcia Coyle reports. The dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law claims the justice who wrote the decision plagiarized an American scholar's law review article. The court, accusing the law school professors of ethical violations, is threatening to take away the law licenses of the entire school faculty.
Staying on Message: POM Wonderful's legal team struggled to keep its facts straight amid litigation with Hogan Lovells in a fee dispute in D.C. Superior Court, Jeff Jeffrey reports. POM"s lawyers publicly disclosed the existence of a Federal Trade Commission probe while at the same time telling a D.C. judge the investigation needed to remain confidential.
Whelan of a Week: Tony Mauro reports in Inadmissible on conservative commentator Ed Whelan's dispatches about retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's "robo-calls" and Laurence Tribe's letter to President Obama. Other highlights: Hogan Lovells partner Bob Bennett tries to set the record straight about who he is--and is not. Kenneth Feinberg speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Legal Reform Summit.