Big business: "Continuing its warm embrace of arbitration and its disdain for class actions, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that agreements between companies and their customers can prohibit class action arbitration, even if that makes it harder for plaintiffs to vindicate their claims," The National Law Journal reports today. The New York Times has this report.
Secret court judges: Reuters spotlights the judges who sit on one of the country's most secret courts, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. "Twelve of the 14 judges who have served this year on the most secret court in America are Republicans and half are former prosecutors," according to the report. NPR reports President Obama's planned nomination today of James Comey as FBI director "adds new layer to privacy debate." Comey, a Republican, is a former top Justice Department official under President George W. Bush.
Supreme gripe: Justice Samuel Alito Jr., addressing the state bar of Texas at its annual meeting, took a swipe at critics of the Supreme Court, telling the audience that commentary from top-ranking government officials is "simplistic and sometimes downright false." Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled to speak today at the North Carolina Bar Association.
Moving up: Facebook deputy general counsel Colin Stretch will serve as the social media company's next top lawyer, The Recorder reports.
Declining: "The death penalty has become a bit like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. It may never fade away entirely, but capital punishment is certainly less visible or actively pursued than it used to be," NPR reports today.
Holder drops by: Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday delivered remarks in upstate New York to honor Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman to sit on the state's highest court. The New York Law Journal has this report. "Sheila could boogie, but there was a seriousness about her, a strong sense of purpose at a relatively young age," Holder said. "She never forgot where she came from." More coverage here.
Be nice: A state appellate court in Florida wants lawyers to know they "cannot belittle their opponents during closing arguments, and judges should take charge on the spot," The Daily Business Review reports. The court's ruling, which upheld a defendant's conviction, is here.
Taking: "State prison officials can use reasonable force to take DNA samples from convicted felons who refuse to provide them, Connecticut's second-highest court ruled this week," The Connecticut Law Tribune reports.