A drone, under attack: The United States says Iran fired on an unmanned military surveillance drone flying above the Persian Gulf last week, The New York Times reports. More coverage of the incident here in The Wall Street Journal.
Upbeat: From The National Law Journal today: "Managing partners at midsize law firms across the country report guarded optimism about business during the year to come." Half of the firms that participated in an NLJ survey said they expected litigation to provide the most revenue growth. More than a dozen firms said they planned to add lateral attorneys in litigation practices.
Captured: Authorities in Mexico say they've captured a local commander of the Zetas paramilitary cartel and are hopeful the arrest will lead investigators to the group's top remaining boss, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Slashed: From The Recorder: "The lawyers may bill clients as much as $1,000 an hour. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal is counting pennies." A magistrate judge didn't give Apple or Samsung the amount the sides requested as sanctions for discovery violations. "The court tends to find it unreasonable that a partner with almost 25 years of experience needed 50 hours to draft a 14-page motion and to review a 15-page reply, especially when five associates also billed 85.8 hours for the same motion," the judge wrote.
Disqualified: A former judge in New York cannot now prosecute a man who once appeared as a defendant in his courtroom. The New York Law Journal has the story here.
Mirror image: The Washington Post spotlights a case in which one identical twin was accused of killing the other. From the article: "Their names were distinguished from each other by a single letter. Their faces, their close-cropped hair, their skinny athletic bodies — even their DNA — were interchangeable." Investigators didn't have physical evidence that the brother had been at the crime scene. "I did not kill my brother!" the suspect told police.
Arrested: The authorities in Michigan say they've detained a person believed to be responsible for a series of shootings along a highway here. From The New York Times: "He chose his targets with no discernible pattern, firing at Cadillacs, minivans and pickup trucks, at young drivers and older ones, at men on their way to work, fans heading for the ballpark and women picking up their children from school, his shooting attacks stretching through four counties along the Interstate 96 corridor."