Denied: A federal appellate panel in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that investors in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme cannot get money the disgraced investor fraudulently claimed they should receive, the New York Law Journal reports.
Label Fight: Lorillard Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Commonwealth Brands Inc. and Liggett Group are suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop the agency from making them place graphic warning labels on their tobacco products, Dow Jones Newswires reports. "The notion that the government can require those who manufacture a lawful product to emblazon half of its package with pictures and words admittedly drafted to persuade the public not to purchase that product cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny," Lorillard attorney Floyd Abrams said.
Fact Finding: Lawyers for Jared Loughner are researching his ancestors in an apparent attempt to gather evidence that his family has a history of mental illness, The New York Times reports. Loughner is accused of killing six people and wounding more than a dozen others during a Jan. 8 shooting spree at an Arizona constituent event for Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot.
Firm Sued: A former New York-based associate at Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman has sued the firm, claiming it unjustly terminated him and lied about its working conditions and corporate culture, The Am Law Daily reports. Mitchell Schrage, Kasowitz's managing partner of operations and administration, said the lawsuit filed by Gregory Berry is "frivolous.”
Not Ready: The Judge Paul Pressler School of Law at Louisiana College won’t open in fall 2012 as initially planned, The National Law Journal reports. The college still is renovating a former federal courthouse in Shreveport, La., to house the school.