No Respite: State courts across the United States are bracing for another year of austerity as a new budget cycle threatens once again to limit funding for the courts, Sheri Qualters reports.
Judge keeps tight leash in BP litigation: U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans has made it clear that he intends to prevent the case over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from getting too big. Amanda Bronstad reports that Babier has issued a series of orders leading up to the Feb. 27 trial tightening the scope of the first of what is expected to be three trial phases.
Gitmo defense left in cold: The government is refusing to let a Guantanamo Bay detainee's lawyers see secret evidence relating to the case, saying the information is highly sensitive and that none of the advocates has the proper security clearance, Mike Scarcella reports.
For Crowell, a slowdown: After record years, Matthew Huisman explores how Crowell & Moring is handling several recent departures and a drop in profits per partner.