Noel, no Nativity: U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles ruled temporarily on Monday that the city of Santa Monica can ban Nativity scenes and other religious displays in public areas, The L.A. Times reports. "The atheists won on this," said William J. Becker Jr., an attorney for the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee.
Bailout Suit Tossed: U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan tossed out a $25 billion lawsuit challenging a bailout in 2008, a "ringing endorsement of broad central bank power to try to preserve the global financial system from systemic threats," Reuters reports.
Google Fine Approved: U.S. District Judge Susan Illston approved a $22.5 million fine for tracking users on the Safari web browser, the largest fine the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied against a single company, CBS News reports.
Foul Language: A research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge was fired for comments she posted to Twitter about the state's former attorney general Phill Kline, the Associated Press reports.
All Wet: An Iowa murder defendant poured a cup of water over his attorney’s head after closing arguments, KCRG.com reports (with a great photo).