This week's issue of The National Law Journal contains our annual Year in Review. From oil spills to POM Wonderful, this year's edition is soaked with a fascinating look back at 2010.
Tony Mauro has a comprehensive look at the Supreme Court during the past year. Highlights include President Obama's State of the Union rebuke of the justices for their decision in Citizens United and Justice Samuel Alito's reaction to those remarks. Also, there was that news of the high court adding a new member in now-Justice Elena Kagen.
Amanda Bronstad reports on the prevalence of multidistrict litigation. The cases were so phenomenally large that they generated significant political interest, with the Obama administration and various government oversight departments getting actively involved. And, for once, a pharmaceutical manufacturer was not the primary target.
Jenna Green reports on a story that many Washington law firms are all too familiar with--the lag in regulatory work under the Obama administration. Despite the expected upticks, regulatory work was slow to arrive at Washington law firms due to slow starts by federal agencies and Congress to enact or enforce new regulatory reforms. As R. Bruce McLean, chairman of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld put it. "We had visions of sugarplums." It didn't quite turn out that way.
Mike Scarcella has a timeline of POM Wonderful's litigation onslaught in 2010. In Washington, what began as a fee dispute between POM and Hogan Lovells over $666,000 in allegedly unpaid fees turned into a nationally publicized prior restraint fight with The National Law Journal at the center of it. The companies also launched suits against several competitors in California.
Bronstad and Sheri Qualters have a second timeline, looking at the long march for gay rights. Gay rights activists saw renewed, and ultimately successful, efforts to repeal the federal Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. They also saw court victories in California and other states involving marriage between same-sex couples.
In Inadmissible, doing more for legal aid; arguing Cobell legal fees; cheers and whistles for Lerner nom; Chevron bogs down Patton Boggs with conflict of interest accusation; Nathan named new AG; Bendinger and Cowie say farewell to Howrey; and Georgetown's new national security degree program