Updated at 12:25 p.m.
Punitive Damages: The New Orleans federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation stemming from the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has ruled that private plaintiffs can seek punitive damages against BP and other defendants for economic and property loss. Am Law Litigation Daily has the story.
'Horrible' Case: A District of Columbia Superior Court jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on a murder charge, but the Washington Post reports that the trial judge sentenced the defendant to 74 1/2 years for his other convictions in the case. The judge said he had "no doubt" the defendant committed the murder and that it was one of the most horrible cases he had heard.
Lost Tax Case: Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Tax Court has rejected the I.R.S.' bid to collect $3.9 million from the estate of the former Enron chief Kenneth L. Lay and his wife.
Family Feud: The Chicago Tribune has the story of two adult children who, represented by their attorney father, unsuccessfully tried to sue their mother for "bad" parenting. An Illinois appeals court dismissed the complaint, which included allegations that the mother failed to include money in one child's birthday card and forced one child to wear a seatbelt in the car.
No Sanctions: The Miami Herald reports that an appeals court threw out sanctions imposed on two prosecutors accused of ethical violation in their handling of a case involving a Miami Beach doctor acquitted of peddling pain killers.
A previous version of this article incorrectly sourced the article on the I.R.S. case in U.S. Tax Court.