Readying: Prosecutors handling the civil case against BP PLC are expected to accuse the oil giant of decisions that led to gross negligence in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon well last April, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sealed documents. The trial in New Orleans federal district court is scheduled to begin Monday. The National Law Journal's preview of the trial is here.
Challenging: Nebraska's attorney general is leading a suit against the Obama administration over the requirement that employers cover contraception in health care plans. The Wall Street Journal reports seven states are participating in the action, the first filed to challenge the contraception requirement.
Tracking: The Obama administration has released a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" in an effort to give Internet users more control over how companies track and use personal information, The National Law Journal reports. Attorneys are concerned the bill of rights could spur lawsuits.
Blaming: A former chairman and chief executive officer of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Albert "Jack" Stanley blamed his bribing of Nigerian officials on "ambition, ego and alcohol."
Celebrating: Proponents of same-sex marriage heralded the Maryland Senate's passage of a bill that would make the state the eighth in the country to allow such unions, The Washington Post reports. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has vowed to sign the bill. Conservative and Catholic groups said they will fight to repeal the measure.
Breaking: Bank of America is no longer selling new mortgages to Fannie Mae, The New York Times reports, in a move that highlights the legal battle over the purchase of defaulted mortgages. Bank of America was Fannie’s third-largest provider last year, Inside Mortgage Finance reported.