CHRISTIE PROBE: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will release Thursday morning the internal review of Gov. Chris Christie relating to the George Washington Bridge closures and Hoboken, NJ, aid allocations after Superstorm Sandy. The Wall Street Journal reports the review, led by Randy Mastro of Gibson Dunn, is “expected to absolve” Christie’s senior staff and the governor himself from involvement in the bridge debacle. Responsibility may rest on Bridget Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff, and David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official, Heather Haddon wrote for the Journal.

PANT PATENTS: Litigation against Target is on hold until a patent review board weighs in on maternity pants, the Legal Intelligencer reported. Destination Maternity claims the department store copied two designs for maternity pants that feature panels that women can wear through different stages of pregnancy.

CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE EXEMPT: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah won’t have to comply with the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling is among some 50 cases nationwide where federal judges have granted injunctions to religious institutions or private companies opposed to the mandate, the Daily Report wrote.

CLOSE VOTE: Two judicial nominees for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania squeaked by the Senate Wednesday. Gerald A. McHugh Jr. was confirmed with a vote of 59-41, and Edward Smith was confirmed with a vote of 69-31, the Legal Intelligence reported.

PRIVACY PUSH: Matthew Goldstein of the New York Times’ Dealbook reports that Wall Street banks and other corporate clients are pressuring law firms to tighten their cybersecurity.