Smartphone wars: Lawyers for Apple and Samsung are set to face off this morning in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a long-running fight over patents, The Wall Street Journal reports. "The companies will argue before a federal appeals court in Washington over whether a lower court erred last year when it allowed Samsung to continue selling more than two dozen products after a jury found they infringed several Apple patents," the Journal reported. The Am Law Litigation Daily has this piece: "Apple, Samsung Gird for Showdown on Smartphone Injunctions." The National Law Journal's Zoe Tillman will cover oral argument, scheduled for 10 a.m.
Settling: The New York Times reports today: "Federal regulators are seeking to level civil charges against JPMorgan Chase and extract a rare admission of wrongdoing from the nation’s biggest bank as an investigation into a multibillion-dollar trading loss enters its final stage." The Washington Post has this story: "SEC seeks admission of wrongdoing from JPMorgan in ‘London Whale’ case."
Watching: Prosecutors said yesterday in a terror case in Chicago that the government will not use evidence of expanded surveillance, the Associated Press reports. The defense said they believe expanded surveillance was used; the attorneys want to challenge the constitutionality. “The NSA is giving the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office marching orders to avoid a constitutional challenge at all cost," the defense lawyer in the case said. The government's six-page filing is here. In other NSA news, today's Washington Post has this story: "NSA cites case as success of phone-data collection program."
High prayer: "The Obama administration and congressional Republicans have found something to agree on: Town councils should be allowed to open their meetings with a Christian prayer." The Los Angeles Times has this report today on the administration's support, in a U.S. Supreme Court case, for prayer at local government meetings.
Suing: "The Miccosukee Indian tribe has filed a civil rights suit against the Unites States, claiming the federal government worked with its former lawyers and chairman to collect the financial records of tribal members," Daily Business Review in Florida reports today.
Voting fight: Today at The National Law Journal: 'For Civil Rights Advocates, a New Fight Over Voting." Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro speaks with Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.
Suspended: "An attorney who had sex in exchange for office supplies for her legal practice and later pleaded guilty to prostitution charges has agreed to have her law license suspended for three years, state records show," The Chicago Tribune reports.
Liable: "A drunken driver and her passenger who crashed into a power pole have the right to sue the power company, the Washington State Supreme Court decided." More on the story here, and click here for the state Supreme Court ruling.