2011 Law Firm Billing Survey: The 2011 Law Firm Billing Survey shows that modest annual billing rate increases are here to stay. Karen Sloan reports that for the third year in a row, law firms showed restraint with hourly rate increases, inching up at a rate only slightly higher than inflation in many cases.
Asbestos is rearing its head: A case scheduled for trial next month in Los Angeles County, Calif., Superior Court will be among the first to go before jurors as part of a newly formed coordinated proceeding designed to manage 250 asbestos cases in Southern California, Amanda Bronstad reports.
Cigarette battle catches fire: Andrew Ramonas reports on how top lobby shops are fighting over excise tax rates for roll-your-own smokes.
An attorney free-for-all: The long-running battle between Ecuadorian plaintiffs and Chevron Corp. lately has been overshadowed by harsh accusations and name calling between the big-firm lawyers in the case. Matthew Huisman has the story.
D.C.'s handwriting test case: In weighing an appeal of a murder conviction, Zoe Tillman reports that the D.C. Court of Appeals will decide what role handwriting analysis should play in the courtroom.