Brothers in Cabinet: Commerce Department General Counsel Cameron Kerry may be one half of a historical duo when he becomes acting secretary of commerce at the end of this month, The Washington Post reports. Along with his brother Secretary of State John Kerry, it could be the first time that two brothers served in the Cabinet at the same time.
IRS Scandal: A growing controversy in Washington involving the Internal Revenue Service could mean big changes in the way the agency regulates the political activity of tax-exempt organizations, election law experts told The National Law Journal.
Bean Ruling: A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court that is often skeptical of patents embraced a key seed patent on Monday in the case of a Monsanto Co. soybean variety that was being replicated by savvy farmers, Tony Mauro reports for The National Law Journal. The decision in the closely watched case Bowman v. Monsanto Co. may have its biggest impact in biotechnology, where self-replicating techniques are often used in research as well as commerce.
Magistrates and Speeding Tickets: U.S. District Judge David Nuffer in Utah has stopped the state from enforcing a law that limits the police powers of federal land-management agencies, in a case that pits the federal government against states' rights, The Associated Press reports.
Suing His Mom: NBA all-star Kobe Bryant has sued his mother in federal court to stop her from selling his jerseys, championship rings and other memorabilia worth up to $1 million, Reuters reports.