Very deep pockets: The federal government spent more than $4 billion to resolve lawsuits last year, a $1.3 billion increase from spending in 2011, an analysis of government records shows. Senior reporter Jenna Greene takes a close look at where some of that money went.
NLRB's quandry: President Barack Obama stepped back into the fray over the National Labor Relations Board last week, nominating two lawyers to fill vacant seats. Zoe Tillman reports that with legal challenges to recess appointments to the board unsettled, labor and employment lawyers say the White House faces a tough fight ahead.
Big cases still to come: In any ranking of high-profile U.S. Supreme Court cases, last month's arguments over same-sex marriage would be hard to beat. But the next and final argument cycle of this Supreme Court term is looking like a headline-grabber as well. Tony Mauro has the story.
Salvage company presses treasure claim: Matthew Huisman explores the latest ruling in an epic legal battle over who has a claim to centuries-old sunken treasure off the northern coast of South America.