New stab at defining patentability: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has agreed to revisit its definition of patent-eligible subject matter in an upcoming case. Jan Wolfe reports that experts are watching the case closely; the question is whether this will be the case that finally offers some real clarity.
Broadcasters battle purveyors of new technologies: Sheri Qualters reports on cases before two federal appeals courts that broach the question of whether broadcasters' copyrights for their shows give them control over how the shows are distributed.
Troubled city turns on its lawyers: Bell, Calif., came under national scrutiny after alleged surfaced that the city was paying its officials exorbitant salaries. But Amanda Bronstad reports on new allegations that focus on the conduct of the city's former bond counsel, Nixon Peabody.
House GOP gearing up for Obama probes: Despite relatively few large-scale congressional investigations into the executive branch in 2012, Todd Ruger reports that lawyers are expecting a busier second term.
A tale of two law firms: Litigation over the removal of a board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority ended up costing the authority $1.5 million in legal fees. Zoe Tillman takes a look at documents obtained through a public records request that showed how those fees racked up and offered a glimpse into billing practices at Hunton & Williams and DLA Piper.