Quiet times: "The surprising silence coming from the Supreme Court over the last week on a challenge to Obamacare by a group of Colorado nuns suggests justices are divided over what to with the complicated dispute," the Los Angeles Times reports. The U.S. Department of Justice is opposed to the stay Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued on New Year's Eve.
No women: The Am Law Daily has this story today: "No New Women Partners at Five Am Law Firms This Year." From the report: "Scores of Am Law 200 lawyers have celebrated achieving a long-sought career goal in recent weeks as their firms announce the latest class of new partners. In some cases, however, the crowd of revelers is surprisingly homogeneous."
Missing: Tens of thousands of Indians who are owed money under a landmark settlement over land royalties cannot be found, The New York Times reports. “Historically, there is no question that the government mismanaged these accounts and should have known where these people were,” David Smith, a lawyer involved in the case, told the Times.
Still looking: Pattons Boggs, The New York Times reports, "is not immune to the broader forces sweeping the legal field, where law firms long accustomed to operating like exclusive clubs are finding that they have to be nimble business strategists as well." Earlier coverage here and here in The Am Law Daily on Patton Boggs' now-ended merger talks with Locke Lord.
Bye: "An Indian diplomat whose arrest sent U.S.-India relations into a tailspin left the U.S. late Thursday following her indictment by a federal grand jury in New York on charges of visa fraud and making false statements regarding the employment of a domestic worker," The Washington Post reports. Coverage here in The New York Times.
Swapped: The Washington Post reports: "A Great Falls jeweler already convicted of swapping the diamonds in customers’ jewelry for cheaper stones is facing a separate, federal prison sentence for a sophisticated mortgage fraud scheme that netted him more than $882,000."
Labeled: "The meat industry launched a legal assault Thursday against the nation’s food labeling laws that, if successful, could significantly limit consumers’ ability to learn the origins of what they eat," the Star Tribune of Minnesota reports today, highlighting a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Click here to listen to the audio of oral argument in American Meat Institute v. AGRI.