Closing Time: Dewey & LeBoeuf's intellectual property group in Northern California will split and form an 11-attorney boutique, The Recorder reports. The firm's California offices are set to close next week. Meanwhile, the embattled firm was hit with a suit under the Worker Adjustment and Restraining Act, which seeks class certification on behalf of 450 employees terminated this month, The AmLaw Daily reports.
Think Small: Lawyers for Volkswagen Group of America are challenging the award of $30 million in attorney fees given to plaintiffs lawyers in a multidistrict case, The National Law Journal reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit did not immediately rule yesterday.
Just Beat It: Former federal aviation chief J. Randolph Babbitt beat a drunken driving charge in Virginia after a judge found that a police officer stopped the ex-FAA official's vehicle without good reason, The Washington Post reports. The case led to Babbitt's resignation from the Federal Aviation Administration. Peter Greenspun represented Babbitt.
The Roots: The double-agent in Yemen who disrupted an al Qaeda bomb plot held a European Union passport and was raised in the West, The Wall Street Journal reports. The man's Western upbringing facilitated his travel.
It's Kosher: A federal appeals court says a New York law that regulates the marketing and labeling of kosher food does not violate the First Amendment, Bloomberg news reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the law does not "entangle the state with religion."
Agitate Before Opening: The Concord Monitor, in New Hampshire, has this headline: "High court backs public info agitator."
No Tears: Airline officials at JetBlue removed an 18-month-old girl from a flight before it departed Fort Lauderdale because they believed her name was on a no-fly list, the Sun Sentinel reports.