Bench to Firm: U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones has stepped down from the federal bench in Manhattan and will start at Zuckerman Spaeder later this month, The New York Times reported. "I’ve been in public service for more than 40 years, the last 17 on the bench," Judge Jones said. "I’m ready to try something new."
Boutique Bought Out: Bruder Gentile & Marcoux, a 10-lawyer Washington energy law boutique, was acquired by Chicago-based law firm Schiff Hardin, with five Bruder attorneys entering the firm as partners, Reuters reports.
Determined to Defy: Veteran Memphis lawyer R. Sadler Bailey refuses to apologize for telling Circuit Court Judge Karen Williams that she might "set a world record for error" in her rulings during a medical malpractice case last year, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. "If I'm unsuccessful on appeal, I will be sitting on a beach for 60 days with a coconut rum and enjoying the time with my children," said Bailey, "but I will not be remorseful."
Okay to Tariff: U.S. Court of International Trade Judge Jane Restani ruled Monday that a 2012 law allowing retroactive tariffs on some Chinese imports did not violate the Constitution, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Settlement to be Heard: U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set a hearing for Feb. 14 on whether to accept the criminal settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Transocean Ltd. for the company's role in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Associated Press reports.