Romney Leading: Mitt Romney is atop a new NBC News-Marist Institute poll of likely Republican primary voters in Florida, MSNBC.com reports. Romney received 42% in the poll released Sunday. Gingrich, who came in second, got 27%. The primary is Tuesday.
Occupy Tension: D.C. police arrested and tased a protester Sunday at the McPherson Square Occupy D.C. camp after increasing tension between demonstrators and law enforcement in the lead up to Monday's noon deadline to enforce a prohibition on overnight camping, The Washington Post reports. Police were distributing flyers about the impending deadline at the time.
Associate Squeeze: The return of profits to law firms following the recession isn't bringing much relief for young associates, The Wall Street Journal reports. Many elite law firms have cut the number of young lawyers they have by as much as half from 2008.
Improved Coordination: The U.S. Justice Department told lawmakers on Friday that agents and their managers now are coordinating better in gun trafficking investigations, The Associated Press reports. The announcement comes in the aftermath of miscommunication stemming from the controversial Operation Fast and Furious arms trafficking probe. The Department had relied on incorrect information about the investigation from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials in Washington and the U.S. attorney in Arizona, instead of consulting agents with direct knowledge of the probe.
Competing Interests: Edwards Wildman Palmer is fighting back against two former partners who claim the firm's soon-to-be-former managing partner Walter Reed put a love interest before the interests of the firm's merger negotiations in 2011, The Am Law Daily reports. Edwards Wildman said in a motion to dismiss and compel arbitration filed Thursday that ex-partners Lawrence Cohen and Jay Rosenbaum broke their partnership agreement with the firm in an effort to obtain more money. Rosenbaum and Cohen, who shared clients, claim that Reed had an affair with Cohen's wife, Edwards Wildman private client practice co-chair Laurie Hall, leading to a cut in the compensation they received and exclusion from key firm leadership activities.