Long Fight: Business groups are looking for rays of hope in the federal courts in challenges to the regulations adopted following the financial crisis, The Washington Post reports. A federal appeals court in Washington recently ruled against a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would have made it easier for major shareholders to put board candidates on a ballot.
Locked Up: A former Luzerne County, Pa., judge who was a central figure in a courthouse scandal is heading off to federal prison for nearly 30 years. The Legal Intelligencer reports former Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced to 28 years on charges that included racketeering, money laundering and tax fraud. In a statement read in court, Ciavarella said the public and prosecutors unfairly demonized him.
Tablet Wars: Samsung Electronics Co. is heading to court later this month in Europe to challenge a ruling that banned the company from selling its Galaxy tablet computer in most of the European Union, The Wall Street Journal reports. A regional court in Düsseldorf, at the request of Apple Inc., issued a preliminary injunction against Samsung.
Absent: The New York Times spends the day in Manhattan housing court waiting for the arrival of a defendant named Faye Dunaway. Yes, the Faye Dunaway. Her landlord is seeking to evict her from her one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side. Dunaway did not make an appearance in court.
Typo: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said a trial judge has the authority to fix an obvious drafting error in a patent. The appeals court unanimously reversed a July 2008 summary judgment ruling that had deemed a patent invalid.
Death After Surgery: A woman in Framingham, Massachusetts, died one day after a breast augmentation procedure. The Boston Globe said the woman's family has hired a lawyer. Autopsy results are pending. "Woozy on the afternoon after the operation, she fell in her parents’ bathroom and hit her head," according to the report.