Kenneth Feinberg, the attor­ney selected to administer the $23.8 million compensation fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, vowed on April 25 to spend all the money by the end of June. "There’s no substitute for getting the money out the door," he said. "All the words in the world don’t matter, until and unless money is distributed as quickly as possible."
The Obama ­administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on April 24 to review a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision invalidating three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. told the justices that the lower court ruling threatens "a significant disruption" of the federal government’s operations.
Legislation pending in Texas would make it a third-degree felony for a prosecutor intentionally to withhold exculpatory evidence from a criminal defendant. State Representa­tive Harold Dutton Jr., a Houston Democrat, cited the case of Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted on charges that he murdered his wife. His prosecutor, now a state judge, was arrested on an allegation that he withheld exculpatory evidence.
‘QUEEN’ MOVES HOUSE
Sheila Birnbaum, a trailblazing partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is moving to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where she will be co-leader of the products liability and mass torts practice. Dubbed the "Queen of Toxic Torts," she said after 33 years at Skadden that Quinn Emanuel’s "pure litigation model is a more natural fit with my practice."
Rutgers University has announced the retainer of Cahill Gordon & Reindel to investigate the events leading to the firing of coach Mike Rice, who was videotaped verbally and physically abusing players at practice during his three seasons as men’s basketball coach. The university general counsel’s office also will be under review and therefore won’t play any investigative role.
JON CORZINE SUED
The trustee in the MF Global Holdings Ltd. bankruptcy has sued ex-chief executive officer Jon Corzine and other ­former executives, alleging they pushed the company into risky practices that ultimately led to its collapse. The lawsuit, filed on April 22 in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York, claims MF Global executives failed to update controls and other systems that were already weak. MF Global collapsed in October 2011 after betting heavily on European government debt.