Two Down, One to Go: Legal Times' Todd Ruger reports on the Senate's early-morning vote to confirm Georgetown University Law Center professor Cornelia "Nina" Pillard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Staffer Arrested: Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) chief of staff was arrested yesterday on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. The Washington Post reports Jesse Ryan Loskarn was fired soon after his arrest.
Criminal Action: The New York Times reports JPMorgan Chase is close to reaching a deal with federal authorities over the bank's ties to convicted Ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff. The deal would involve $2 billion in penalties and a criminal action.
'Hobbit' Goes to Court: Movie producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein are suing Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. for a cut of the money earned by the upcoming installments of the "Hobbit" movies. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
Bonus Season: Am Law Daily reports Boies, Schiller & Flexner has once again surpassed the rest of the Am Law 100 in its 2013 associate bonuses, with the high end hitting $300,000. A growing number of firms are following the $10,000-to-$60,000 range set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore earlier this month.