Friday morning docket: Legal news takes no recess

Things will be quiet on Capitol Hill and in the courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court Building next week as lawmakers focus on November elections and the Court’s justices take a recess from oral arguments until Nov. 3. Still, legal news abounds in the nation’s capital:

A czar is born: President George W. Bush signed into law a measure that creates a White House intellectual property czar and boosts the penalties for pirating copyrighted works to as much as $150,000 per violation. (Lawyers USA)

Massive bias suit filed: The U.S. Marshals Service was hit was a $300 million racial discrimination suit this week. Black employees allege that the agencies belittled the employees using racial stereotypes, and denied them promotions. (AP)

Supremes are tougher than tribunal: He survived on a island in a reality show, but Survivor winner Richard Hatch’s attempt to appeal his tax evasion conviction did not survive the scrutiny of the Supreme Court, which rejected his petition. (AP)

Court does not deliver cert: The Court also declined to review a punitive damages award against FedEx in a disability discrimination suit. (National Law Journal)

Getting the lead out: Yesterday the EPA set new standards aimed at cutting lead particles in the air – the most rigid lead standards in three decades. (NYT)

Takes a licking but keeps on ticking: After a little shock -to the heart- Vice President Dick Cheney is home and resting. (NYT)

I didn’t do it: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens took the stand in his own defense to deny lying about home renovations and other gifts he is accused of receiving without making proper disclosures. (WaPo).

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