University Defense: The University of Oregon has hired D.C. attorney and former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal to defend it before the U.S. Supreme Court in a discrimination, The Register-Guard reports. The paper first notes Katyal has appeared on “The Colbert Report” three times, then mentions and he has argued 15 times "before the real Supreme Court."
More Patent Fights: Universities are thinking about getting more aggressive with their legal fights over patents after a $1.17 billion award this month to Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
No to IRS: D.C. Federal District Court Judge James Boasberg blocked on Friday the Internal Revenue Service from regulating income tax preparers, Forbes reports. The IRS wanted to require all paid preparers to register or pass a minimum competency test.
Bold Action: Gay activists hope President Barack Obama will make "a bold legal move" after an inaugural address that put gay rights on par with civil rights of African-Americans and women, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Texas and Guns: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott targeted Manhattan and Albany, N.Y., zip codes with an advertisement that encouraged New Yorkers to bring their guns and move to Texas, the day after the state's new gun-control measures were enacted, Bloomberg reports.