Can't patent that: "Reversing decades of federal patent awards, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that human genes and the information they encode are not patent-eligible," The National Law Journal reports today. In today's New York Times: "After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden." In other high court action, the justices vacated a ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that addressed judicial involvement in plea deals. The Daily Report has this piece on the Supreme Court decision.
No waiting: The U.S. Supreme Court acted swiftly in response to a judge's ruling striking the federal law that bans certain expressive conduct at the high court, adopting a new regulation targeting demonstrations, The National Law Journal reports. The New York Times has this report on the new rule.
Push back: The Wall Street Journal reports today: "At least two major Silicon Valley companies routinely push back on demands from federal authorities for customer Internet data in an attempt to minimize the information released, said people familiar with the process." The Washington Post has this story today: "Lawmakers who warned vaguely of phone record surveillance call for more disclosure."
DQ'd: In today's Recorder: "A federal judge on Thursday disqualified Winston & Strawn from additional work on the city of San Bernardino's bankruptcy proceedings, ruling that the Chicago-based firm has an insurmountable conflict."
Defending: When Jesse Jackson Jr. is sentenced in July in Washington in a campaign contribution case, he will have five lawyers fighting for him. The Chicago Tribune spotlights Jackson's defense team.
Balls and strikes: A Florida state judge has declined a request to throw out a suit filed by Major League Baseball that accuses a Miami-area clinic of providing steroids and other drugs to players, The Miami Herald reports.
Bond rejected: The Saudi government put up a $2 million bond for a man in a Missouri murder case, but a state appeals court says the money isn't good enough. The Kansas Star has this report.