Friday (the 13th) morning docket

As investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board make their way from Washington to northern New Your State to begin investigating the cause of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 lastcapitol3 night, President Obama is reeling from yet another withdrawal of a cabinet nominee: this time commerce secretary pick Sen. Judd Gregg.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers in both houses are preparing to vote on the stimulus bill today, and across the street the Supreme Court building remains quiet as the justices continue their midterm break.

Meanwhile,

Break in the link: The plaintiffs in three cases alleging a causal link between childhood vaccines and autism have failed to show a connection, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled. (Lawyers USA)

Mediate and arbitrate, at 98 we all rotate: Carrying over a battle that put consumer advocates and trial attorneys on one side and business groups on the other, a bill that would ban pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts was introduced in the House Thursday. (Lawyers USA)

Enron exec wants Supreme opinion: Former Enron Corp Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling will ask for U.S. Supreme Court review of his 2006 felony conviction. (AP)

Extending the long arm of the law: The Justice Department is seeking expanded powers to prosecute offshore tax evasion and other financial crimes. (NYT)

Foreclosure intervention? The Obama administration is trying to come up with some sort of mortgage modification plan for homeowners in peril of losing their homes, but it remains unclear what form such aid may take. (NYT)

Bloody Thursday: Yesterday nearly 800 big firm attorneys lost their jobs. (ABA Journal)

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