Imminent: The state Supreme Court in Pennsylvania is expected to rule soon on the propriety of the state's voter-identification measure, The Wall Street Journal reports. From the report: "Only three votes among six Supreme Court justices—three Democrats and three Republicans—are needed to affirm the law, which is one of nine state voter-ID laws passed around the nation since the 2010 midterm elections."
Surging: From The National Law Journal today on the surge in patent litigation: "The number of patent infringement filings shot up by 22 percent during 2011 compared with the year before, reaching the highest level ever recorded, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers."
Blocked: Google has blocked access in Egypt and Libya to an inflammatory video on YouTube that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, The New York Times reports. The video spurred violence in the Middle East in recent days. More coverage here of protests sweeping the Arab world. The Wall Street Journal has this report.
Skeptical: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit appears ready to force a San Francisco law firm to disclose a client's tax records, The Recorder reports. "By us producing the documents to the government, we are in effect incriminating our client," Sideman & Bancroft partner Jay Weill told the appeals court in U.S. v. Sideman & Bancroft.
Overturned: The Washington Post today reports on a court ruling in Virginia that overturned the robbery conviction of a man facing deportation. The judge said prosecutors failed to disclose information that cast doubt on the credibility of the victim. The defendant could be tried a second time.