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Monday status conference: Back to work

Today kicks off a busy week on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate begin debating the details of the health care bill with an eye on bringing it to a vote before the December holiday break.

Meanwhile, across the street at the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices hear two cases today, including a case considering when the statute of limitations began running in a shareholder class action lawsuit against the maker of the controversial painkiller Vioxx. The ruling in that case could have a broad effect on how shareholder fraud suits are litigated.

In other news:

Federal filing deadlines change tomorrow: A law lengthening several statutory deadlines under the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is set to go into effect tomorrow. (Lawyers USA)

Heat is on White House crashers: Lawmakers are urging criminal charges against the couple who crashed the state dinner at the White House. (AP)

Too hot for TV? A legal advocacy group filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over Adam Lambert’s controversial American Music Awards performance. (ABA Journal)

Slow year at SCOTUS: For the first time since Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. took the helm, the Supreme Court failed to issue opinions in argued cases before Thanksgiving this year. (AP)

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