Posts Tagged ‘ SCOTUS ’

SCOTUS protects state, quislings from alleged torture victims

May 16, 2011
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Bloomberg    

"The U.S. Supreme Court, refusing to question the federal government’s power to withhold information for national security reasons, rejected an appeal by five men who say the CIA had them shipped to foreign countries to be tortured. The court today left intact an appeals court decision dismissing their suit against a Boeing Co. (BA) unit on the grounds that it would inevitably expose state secrets." (05/16/11)

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SCOTUS steps into feud over Jerusalem status

May 2, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up a case that could greatly complicate the delicate Middle East peace process in a legal challenge to the US State Department’s policy of neutrality over the disputed status of Jerusalem. The case arises out of a clash between Congress and the White House over which branch of government is empowered to decide how best to conduct sensitive issues of diplomacy overseas." (05/02/11)

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Supreme Court backs AT&T, limits class-action suits

April 27, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that consumers can be bound by an arbitration clause in a cellphone deal or other contract even when state law permits a class-action lawsuit for claims arising from the deal. In a 5-4 vote, the justices divided along familiar ideological lines, with conservatives in control. Dissenting liberal justices said the ruling would make it harder for consumers with small-dollar grievances to band together and sue corporations." (04/27/11)

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SCOTUS: No to expedited healthcare hearing

April 25, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to immediately take up Virginia’s challenge to the constitutionality of the new health-care reform law. Virginia’s Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli had asked the court to bypass the usual appeals process by allowing the case to proceed directly from a district-court ruling to the nation’s highest court. The justices, without comment, refused the request. " (04/25/11)

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Feds to Supreme Court: Allow warrantless GPS monitoring

April 22, 2011
posted by

Wired    

"The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move." (04/19/11)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/04/scotus-gps-monitoring/  

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Justices skeptical of states’ global warming lawsuit

April 19, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court appeared ready to rule that federal judges cannot set limits on greenhouse gas emissions, after a majority of justices suggested Tuesday that such disputes over global warming are better left to Congress and federal regulators. Five power companies, including American Electric Power, are appealing a lower court decision that would permit a group of six states and the city of New York to sue under federal 'public nuisance' law and claim the plants’ emissions intensify global warming." (04/19/11)

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Supreme Court should reject climate change nuisance suit

April 18, 2011
posted by

The Christian Science Monitor
by Megan L. Brown  

"On April 19, the Supreme Court will hear argument in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, an unprecedented 'public nuisance' lawsuit brought against several of the nation’s largest coal-fired utilities that allegedly contribute to global warming. The dispute is part of a fundamental debate over whether to combat climate change with government policies or lawsuits. The case has the attention of business and environmental interests -- and should concern the broader public -- because the plaintiffs ask judges, rather than elected officials or executive branch appointees, to set economic, energy, and environmental policy." (04/18/11)

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SCOTUS refuses to hear Gitmo case

April 18, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the plight of five detainees at Guantanamo who were ordered released in 2008, but still remain at the detention camp in a dispute over whether they could be transferred to the US pending their resettlement to another country. The action marks the second time the high court has turned back an appeal by the same group of men, all members of China’s persecuted Uighur minority." (04/18/11)

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SCOTUS: Tax credits for religious schools okay

April 4, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by taxpayers in Arizona challenging a state tax credit program that primarily benefits parochial schools. In a 5-to-4 decision, the high court said the taxpayers lacked the necessary legal standing to bring their lawsuit. The action sweeps away a ruling by a federal appeals court panel that had struck down the tax credit program as a violation of the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion." (04/04/11)

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When police interrogate children

March 29, 2011
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  

"On its surface, a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may seem to be legally trivial; it’s about a juvenile who stole from neighborhood houses. But J.D.B. v. North Carolina could redefine both the law’s 'reasonable person' standard and what it means to be in custody. The case is a bellwether on the status of children’s rights and how far America has slid into a police state." (03/29/11)

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SCOTUS rejects Troy Davis appeal

March 29, 2011
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Savannah Morning News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a two-pronged appeal for Troy Anthony Davis in the 22-year-old slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. The court’s action refusing to order the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta to review the case and refusing to do so themselves apparently will allow officials to resume preparation of Davis’ execution by lethal injection." (03/28/11)

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SCOTUS revisits campaign finance

March 28, 2011
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ABC News    

"The Supreme Court returned to the controversial issue of campaign finance today, hearing a constitutional challenge to Arizona's public financing system for political campaigns. Several of the conservative justices on the bench seemed skeptical of the constitutionality of the Arizona Citizen's Clean Elections Act." (03/28/11)

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SCOTUS to consider Arizona’s Incumbent Protection Act

March 27, 2011
posted by

Los Angeles Times    

"The state's Citizens Clean Elections Act, which provides candidates with public campaign funds as long as they don't accept private donations, is being challenged. Legal experts say its chances of survival aren't good. ... On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to the Arizona law brought by the conservative Goldwater Institute and the libertarian Institute for Justice." (03/26/11)

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SCOTUS case could help determine how big one lawsuit can get

March 24, 2011
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Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel    

"Brad Seligman is a determined civil rights lawyer with a small office and a powerful idea for turning a single lawsuit into a nationwide class action claim against America's largest employer. Armed with stories from several women who said they were passed over for promotions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Seligman is at the helm of what could be the largest job-discrimination case in U.S. history, affecting as many as two million women and putting at risk tens of billions of dollars of the company's money." (03/24/11)

 

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SCOTUS: Justices debate rights of juveniles

March 24, 2011
posted by

USA Today    

"How easy is it for police or judges to put themselves in the mind of a 13-year-old student whom an officer pulled from class and took to a closed room for questioning about stolen goods? In an important test of the constitutional rights of juveniles at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the question was whether law enforcement officials would know if the youth felt free to leave the room or not respond to questions." (03/23/11)

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SCOTUS makes it easier to sue businesses

March 23, 2011
posted by

Bradenton Herald    

"The Supreme Court made it easier to haul businesses into court on Tuesday, ruling that investors can sue them for purposefully withholding damaging information about a product and that employees can sue them for retaliation without having to make a written complaint. The court ruled unanimously to let a lawsuit by a group of investors against Matrixx Initiatives Inc., the makers of the now-discontinued Zicam nasal cold remedies, go forward, while ruling in a separate case on a 6-2 vote to let Kevin Kasten's retaliation lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. proceed." (03/22/11)

 

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SCOTUS upholds release of Fed bailout records

March 21, 2011
posted by

Bank Systems & Technology    

"The Supreme Court let stand Monday a ruling that the U.S. Federal Reserve must disclose details about its emergency lending programs to banks during the financial crisis in 2008. The justices rejected appeals by a group representing major commercial banks of last year's ruling by a U.S. appeals court in New York that required disclosure of the lending records." (03/21/11)

http://www.banktech.com/regulation-compliance/229301323  

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TX: Death row inmate gets SCOTUS help

March 7, 2011
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MSNBC    

"In a case involving a Texas death row inmate, the Supreme Court on Monday opened up a new avenue for prisoners to seek access to DNA evidence when they believe it could help establish their innocence. The court's narrow, 6-3 ruling means that Hank Skinner will be not executed in the near future while his legal case continues. ... the decision will not necessarily result in Skinner winning the right to perform genetic testing on evidence found at the scene of the triple murder for which he received the death penalty." (03/07/11)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41949275/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/  

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SCOTUS: Even Westboro Baptist whackjobs have rights

March 2, 2011
posted by

Austin American-Statesman    

"The First Amendment protects protesters at military funerals who picket with signs such as 'Thank God for Dead Soldiers,' the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in an 8-1 decision." (03/02/11

 

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Supreme Court eases benefit deadline for vets

March 1, 2011
posted by

USA Today    

"The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a deadline for military veterans who appeal the federal government's denial of benefits need not be rigidly enforced. The justices sided with a mentally ill Korean War vet whose appeal was blocked because he missed a 120-day deadline for judicial review by 15 days." (03/01/11)

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SCOTUS: Hospital punished worker for being in Reserves

March 1, 2011
posted by

The Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court on Tuesday embraced a broad reading of a federal law designed to bar workplace discrimination against current or former members of the US armed forces. The high court ruled 8 to 0 in favor of a former hospital lab technician who said he was fired from his job at a Peoria, Ill., hospital because his supervisors were hostile to his responsibilities as a member of the US Army Reserves." (03/01/11)

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SCOTUS: No privacy exemption for corporations in FOIAs

March 1, 2011
posted by

USA Today    

"The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that corporations may not claim a 'personal privacy' exemption when the U.S. government wants to release files involving them under the Freedom of Information Act. ... AT&T had contended that because key federal law defines "person" as including corporations, the Freedom of Information Act reference to 'personal privacy' covers corporations, too." (03/01/11)

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SCOTUS refuses Kentucky Ten Commandments case

February 22, 2011
posted by

Miami Herald    

"The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear more arguments in a case in which courts struck down displays of the Ten Commandments in the Pulaski and McCreary County courthouses, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky announced Tuesday. ... The counties posted copies of the Biblical laws in 1999, but a federal judge said the displays were an improper government endorsement of religion and issued an injunction barring the counties from keeping them on the courthouse walls." (02/22/11)

 

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Ominous copyright ruling stands

December 21, 2010
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  

"A stunning but little-noticed Supreme Court ruling signals that the face of business and the boundaries of ownership could soon change dramatically. The December 13 ruling in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega S.A. is little-noticed because as a 4-to-4 decision, with one Justice recused, it merely affirmed a lower-court decision without setting a national precedent. What it signals is how all but one Justice would rule on the 'first-sale' doctrine within copyright law." (12/21/10)

http://www.thefreemanonline.org/headline/copyright-ruling/  

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