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Monday status conference: Opposition and arbitration

Tomorrow, when the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the Supreme Court nomination of Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, at least four Republicans will oppose her.

Today Sen. Jeff Sessions, the committee’s top GOP member, announced his intention to vote ‘no’ on the high court hopeful in a column in USA Today. Last week, Sens. Jon Kyl, John Cornyn and Orrin Hatch all announced their intention to oppose President Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, while fellow Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said he would support Sotomayor. But the ‘no’ votes are not expected to affect her chances of approval by the committee nor the full Senate, where she has the solid support of Democrats.

Meanwhile, the shaky state of mandatory pre-dispute binding arbitration has gotten even shakier after JP Morgan Chase announced that it would stop filing mandatory arbitration claims against its credit card customers. The move came after the nation’s two largest arbitration firms stopped taking consumer debt cases. Meanwhile lawmakers are trying to restart stalled legislation seeking to ban such agreements, and lawsuits continue to mount over the issue – including one launched by Minnesota’s attorney general.

But wait, there’s more!

New age bias rulings to come? The EEOC considers new regulations after two Supreme Court age bias rulings. (Lawyers USA)

Med mal-aise? The total number of medical malpractice lawsuit payments made in 2008 fell to a record low, according to a recent report from Public Citizen. (Lawyers USA)

Post-retirement plans: Retired Justice David Souter will give the keynote speech Saturday at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. (ABAnet.org)

Healthy employment: The health care bill proposed by House Democrats would result in a net increase of 3 million people insured through their employers, a congressional report found. (NYT)

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