1. JD Supra Morning Brief: Debt Ceiling, Immigration Reform, Insider Trading, Alaskan Pipeline

    Keep the dream alive:

    “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…’ 

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…

    With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

    - The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Time will tell how the debt ceiling crisis will be resolved. In the meantime, here’s a good overview of the legal, market, and political issues involved (Bloomberg Law

    Victoria’s Secret learned the hard way that the only real way to protect a trademark is to go after infringers (Ifrah Law

    Will immigration reform ever get off the ground? (Ogletree Deakins

    Insider trading in 2012: what a year it was… (Morrison & Foerster

    The Department of Health and Human Services kicks patient privacy protection up a notch with 563 pages of omnibus HITECH rules (JD Supra Contributors

    Wondering if those Facebook comments are defamatory? Read this (Tacopina Seigel & Turano

    Alaska is moving ahead with plans to build a 730-mile small-diameter gas pipeline across the Arctic wilderness (Davis Wright Tremaine

    “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “The Feds, but it’s no joke” (Akerman

    How to determine if the elements of news photographs can be copyrighted? Dissection (Foley Hoag

    Think you don’t need an employee handbook? Think again (Hopkins & Carley