Suing: The Justice Department plans to announce a lawsuit today challenging North Carolina's voter identification law. "Critics said the law will disenfranchise African-American and elderly voters, while the Republican-led General Assembly in Raleigh said the law will protect the state’s voters from potential fraud," The Charlotte Observer reports. More coverage here in The New York Times and here in POLITICO.
On the brink: From The Washington Post today: "Washington area could lose $200 million a day if shutdown occurs, economist says." Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, told the Post: “The national economy may not notice a shutdown much unless it lasts three or four weeks. But for the Washington area, this is a tsunami.” From The New York Times, this assessment: Wall Street Uneasy in Face of Government Shutdown."
Second half: The Los Angeles Times reports: "The second phase of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial begins Monday in New Orleans, restarting a legal juggernaut that could saddle the energy giant with the largest environmental penalty in U.S. history, determine the future health of the Gulf of Mexico and calculate, finally, the amount of crude oil that spewed from the crippled well." More coverage here and here.
Patents: From The Recorder today: Wave of Patent Cases Hits the Bay Area. "The map of patent litigation is shifting, and the Northern District of California is gaining ground. A confluence of legislative reform and new case law has made it easier for companies slapped with patent infringement suits to get out of the sticky Eastern District of Texas. Many of them are taking their cases out West."
Test case: "The legal team that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage is targeting Virginia to launch another challenge aimed at convincing the Supreme Court that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry no matter where they live," The Washington Post reports.
Fighting: From The New York Times today: S.E.C. Again Takes On Mark Cuban in Insider Case. "Mark Cuban has tussled with Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump and an array of N.B.A. referees. Next up for the billionaire? The federal government."