BILLING ‘CHURN’ AT DLA

Evidence produced in a billing dispute show DLA Piper attorneys discussing deliberate overbilling. In one email, a DLA attorney wrote, "churn that bill, baby!" The firm said: "The emails were in fact an offensive and inexcusable effort at humor, but in no way reflect actual excessive billing."

BANKS SEEK FFHA APPEAL

Fifteen big banks have asked an appeals court to ­intervene in their mammoth legal battle with the Federal Finance Housing Agency, the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The banks said that, if they settle, it’s not on the facts of the case but because U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is determined to cripple their defense.

FREE RIDE TO CHICAGO

Twenty-two students will get a free ride to the University of Chicago Law School due to a $4 million gift from alumna Debra Cafaro, chairwoman and CEO of Ventas Inc. The gift will send at least three students per year to the law school at no cost to themselves. The first recipients will be selected this spring and will start law school in the fall. Cafaro — the first in her ­family to go to college — graduated from Chicago in 1982.

NEWTOWN ARSENAL

A gun safe in Adam Lanza’s bedroom contained ammunition, an Enfield rifle, ear protectors, eye protectors, paper targets and a "Surefire GunMag magazine with 8 rounds of Winchester 12 ga. 9 pellet buck," according to search warrants unsealed in the Newtown, Conn., shootings. There also were two 12-gauge shotgun magazines taped together, each with 10 rounds of the same buckshot shells.

LAW GRADS’ APPEAL FAILS

New York state’s court of last resort refused to revive a lawsuit by New York Law School graduates who alleged their alma mater enticed them to enroll through fraud. The case had been seen as a bellwether for 14 other cases. The New York Court of Appeals offered no explanation for refusing to hear Gomez-Jimenez v. New York Law School.

JUDGES AND TRIPS

More than one in 10 ­federal trial or appellate judges reported attending at least one seminar at which foundations or corporations paid for air fare, hotel stays and meals, the Center for Public Integrity reported. George Mason University’s School of Law was the most frequent host.