Posts Tagged ‘ SCOTUS ’

SCOTUS restricts some software patents

June 19, 2014
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Politico    

"The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that software based on an abstract idea isn’t eligible for a patent but stopped short of declaring all software patents ineligible, in a case that was closely watched by the tech industry. The unanimous decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International is a small win for companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft, which called on the court to address widespread confusion over what kinds of software can be patented. But the court’s relatively narrow decision doesn’t provide a much clearer test for determining which inventions can be patented. Nor does it render all software ineligible for patent protection — a goal of some tech giants like Twitter and Netflix." ()6/19/14)

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SCOTUS: Second Amendment, Schmecond Maschmendment

June 17, 2014
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The Hill    

"The Supreme Court on Monday deemed 'straw' purchases of guns illegal, delivering a huge win to advocates of stricter [victim disarmament laws]. In a 5-4 decision, the court concluded that one legal [sic] gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another -- a practice known as 'straw' purchasing. The case, known as Abramski v. United States, centered on a former police officer who sought to buy a Glock 19 handgun for his uncle. Though both men were allowed to own guns, Bruce Abramski claimed on forms that he was the 'actual transferee/buyer' of the weapon and was later convicted of making false statements." (06/16/14)

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SCOTUS rejects Argentina pols’ appeal on debt

June 17, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away Argentina's appeal of lower court rulings ordering it to pay more than $1.3 billion to hedge funds that hold some of the country's defaulted bonds. The justices did not comment in leaving in place court rulings that Argentina says could threaten its economy if it has to pay off the old debt. The dispute stems from debt left unpaid when the Argentine economy crashed in 2001. Hedge funds led by billionaire Paul Singer's NML Capital Ltd. bought some of the unpaid debt and refused to accept bonds of lesser value in exchange for regular debt payments." (06/16/14)

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SCOTUS allows pro-life group to challenge Ohio ban on false campaign statements

June 16, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Supreme Court delivered a major victory on Monday to an anti-abortion group that sought to challenge an Ohio law that bans campaign statements deemed to be false. The justices, in a unanimous decision, ruled that the Susan B. Anthony List can go ahead with a lawsuit challenging the law as a violation of free-speech rights. Both liberal and conservative groups have criticized the law, saying it has a chilling effect on political speech." (06/16/14)

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Will SCOTUS protect workers’ rights against union-government collusion?

June 9, 2014
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"Those who support the power of unions and governments over the rights of workers are scared of the Supreme Court's imminent ruling in Harris v. Quinn, in which a group of home health aides challenge an Illinois law that compels them to join a union and pay dues." (06/09/14)

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OR: SCOTUS denies anti-family group’s request for stay on marriage freedom

June 5, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court declined Wednesday to issue a stay blocking a recent ruling by a federal judge invalidating a ban on same-sex marriages in Oregon. The high court acted in a one-line order without further comment. Lawyers for a group seeking to intervene in the case had asked Justice Anthony Kennedy to postpone the judge's ruling to allow more time for an appeal. The group, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) [sic], supports retaining the definition of marriage as 'a union between one man and one woman.'" (06/04/14)

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SCOTUS nixes idea of “indirect” patent infringement

June 3, 2014
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The Register [UK]    

"The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could help shield companies and end users from patent-troll lawsuits. ... In the opinion, written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito on behalf of the unified court, the Supreme Court argued that in order for a patent infringement decision to be issued, a defendant has to have been shown to infringe upon all steps in a patent rather than a portion." (06/03/14)

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SCOTUS won’t make reporter reveal Holmes source

May 27, 2014
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ABC News    

"The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an effort to force a Fox News reporter to reveal her confidential sources for a story about the man charged with killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater. The justices did not comment in leaving in place a decision by New York's top appellate court that shielded reporter Jana Winter from being called to testify in a Colorado court. Winter lives and works in New York. Attorneys for defendant James Holmes wanted Winter to identify the law enforcement officers who told her Holmes had sent his psychiatrist a notebook depicting violence. The lawyers said the sources violated a judge's gag order." (05/27/14)

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SCOTUS reaffirms ban on states killing low-IQ inmates

May 27, 2014
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Seattle Times    

"Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed. In a 5-4 decision that split the court's liberal and conservative justices, the court said that Florida and a handful of other states must look beyond IQ scores when inmates test in the range of 70 to 75." (05/27/14)

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The mythology of the Supreme Court

May 13, 2014
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"The court’s decision in Town of Greece vs. Galloway has produced a lot of commentary on both sides, with much discussion about the dynamics between justices, and how Justice Kennedy must have been in a pro-prayer mood that day, since his decisions appear to be made on a variety of unknowable whims. Nearly all of this commentary contains the assumption that it is perfectly normal, and probably laudable, that the Supreme Court has the power to decide the legality of virtually everything under the sun, from the death penalty to where local governments can build strip malls." (05/13/14)

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Justice Sotomayor’s powerful defense of equality

April 23, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Scott Lemieux  

"The core of the Court's 'political-process' precedents, Sotomayor observes, is that minorities have access to the state's democratic procedures. The Constitution 'does not guarantee minority groups victory in the political process,' but it does 'guarantee them meaningful and equal access to that process. It guarantees that the majority may not win by stacking the political process against minority groups permanently, forcing the minority alone to surmount unique obstacles in pursuit of its goals -- here, educational diversity that cannot reasonably be accomplished through race-neutral measures.' Reallocating power in the way Michigan does here therefore raises serious equal-protection concerns." (04/23/14)

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SCOTUS upholds Michigan affirmative action ban

April 23, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's affirmative action ban, ruling that the state has the right to determine whether racial preferences can be considered in college admissions. In a 6-2 ruling on Tuesday, the justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. The Supreme Court ruled that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to bar public colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admissions." (04/22/14)

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SCOTUS: Roberts denies Teva Pharmaceutical stay in Copaxone patent fight

April 20, 2014
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Financial Express [India]    

"US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva's Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month. Teva had sought to prevent the lower-court ruling from going into effect while the Supreme Court considers its appeal in the patent fight." (04/19/14)

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SCOTUS eliminates limits on total campaign donations

April 3, 2014
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CNN    

"If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can. The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season. However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle. The ruling means a wealthy liberal or conservative donor can give as much money as desired to federal election candidates across the country, as long as no candidate receives more than the $5,200 cap." (04/02/14)

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SCOTUS sides with land owner over abandoned railroad right of way

March 11, 2014
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Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court sided Monday with a Wyoming landowner in a dispute with the federal government that raises legal doubts about 'rails-to-trails' programs that turn abandoned railroad lines into recreational venues for the public. ... The railway line was abandoned in 2004. [Land owner Marvin] Brandt argued that the rail line was an easement, which becomes part of his property under an 1875 law. The government said the right of way reverts to the public." (03/10/14)

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SCOTUS dismisses “I Heart Boobies” appeal

March 10, 2014
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Raw Story    

"Two U.S. students won the right to wear breast cancer awareness wristbands bearing the slogan 'I Heart Boobies' Monday after the Supreme Court dismissed a bid by a school district to ban the bracelets. The top court announced it would not hear a case sought by Easton Area Middle School, meaning that a lower court ruling last year in favor of the students will stand. ... Lawyers for the Pennsylvania school district had argued that the wristband’s lighthearted slogan carried sexual connotations but the schoolgirls continued to wear them citing rights to freedom of expression." (03/10/14)

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SCOTUS: Screw the 4th Amendment, police can do whatever they want

February 25, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court on Tuesday made it significantly easier for police to conduct a warrantless search of a home when one of two occupants objects to a police search but the other does not. ... The question in the case, Fernandez v. California (12-7822), was whether the girlfriend’s agreement to allow the police to search the apartment overcame Fernandez’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from such police intrusions without a warrant. The majority justices ruled that because Fernandez had been lawfully arrested by police and taken to the police station for booking, his girlfriend’s subsequent agreement to allow a search superseded his earlier objection." (02/25/14)

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UT: SCOTUS reinstates marriage apartheid pending appeal by anti-family pols

January 7, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"The U.S. Supreme Court halted Utah’s same-sex weddings while the state presses an appeal, reducing the number of states with gay marriage to 17 and slowing the drive toward nationwide rights. ... Utah officials said in court papers that, if it ultimately won the case, it might try to 'unwind' same-sex marriages." (01/06/14)

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SCOTUS declines to stop Texas law on abortion clinics

November 19, 2013
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Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way Tuesday for Texas to enforce a strict new abortion regulation that some womens' groups fear will prevent a third of the state’s clinics from performing the procedure. The court split along ideological lines in turning down an appeal to block the law that abortion rights advocates challenged as unconstitutional. The measure, adopted by Texas lawmakers in July, requires that abortion providers have a doctor on their staff who has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic." (11/19/13)

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SCOTUS closes US courts to foreign human rights cases

April 18, 2013
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that international human rights violations with no direct link to the United States cannot be challenged in U.S. courts under an obscure 1789 law. In a unanimous decision with several caveats, the justices turned back a claim of detention, torture and executions filed by 12 Nigerians in 2002 against foreign oil companies they said had aided a military dictatorship in the 1990s." (04/17/13)

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SCOTUS to rule on human gene patents

April 11, 2013
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The Raw Story    

"The US supreme court will hear oral arguments next week to decide whether companies can patent human genes, in a landmark case which could alter the course of US medical research and the battle against diseases such as breast and ovarian cancer. A coalition of scientists, cancer survivors, patients, breast cancer groups and professional medical associations, which has brought the case, will argue that genes are 'products of nature,' like organs of the body and should not be exploited for commercial gain. Such patents are illegal and violate the first amendment, they say. They are challenging patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer owned by Myriad Genetics, a biotechnology company, because they say the patents have stymied research and the free exchange of ideas." (04/11/13)

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The Supreme Court’s latest drug dog ruling has a downside

March 28, 2013
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The New Yorker magazine once had a cartoon showing a storefront office with the company name on the window: 'None of Your Damn Business Inc.' If it were publicly traded, the corporation's stock would be down this morning. That's because of Tuesday's ruling by the Supreme Court in a case barely noticed amid the frenzy of interest in the arguments on same-sex marriage. The decision looks like a victory for personal privacy. But the beauty may prove to be skin deep." (03/28/13)

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Uniting court … and country

March 27, 2013
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Reuters
by Nicholas Wapshott  

"The comedian Peter Cook once joked, 'I could have been a judge, but I never had the Latin.' Instead, he became a coal miner. ... 'Being a miner, as soon as you are too old and tired and sick and stupid to do the job properly, you have to go. Well, the very opposite applies with the judges.' It seems that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may have been listening to some of Cook’s old records. ... Kennedy made a sharp and surprising critique of the role the court has played in recent years in settling awkward matters that would have been far better decided by Congress. 'A democracy,' he declared, 'should not be dependent for its major decisions on what nine unelected people from a narrow legal background have to say.'” (03/26/13)

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SCOTUS rules for Comcast in class action

March 27, 2013
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Reuters    

"The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Comcast Corp in an antitrust case over how much it charged cable TV subscribers, further curtailing the ability of people to pursue class action lawsuits. In a 5-4 decision, the court said a group of cable TV subscribers in the Philadelphia area who accused Comcast of overcharging them as part of an effort to monopolize the market could not sue as a group." [editor's note: Does this surprise anyone reading this? - SAT] (03/27/13)

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SCOTUS: That dog can’t hunt

March 26, 2013
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USA Today    

"A drug-sniffing dog at your doorstep is a step too far, the Supreme Court has decided. ... Tuesday's ruling stemmed from a 2006 incident in which Miami-Dade police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration set up surveillance on a house after being tipped to a possible marijuana growing operation. An officer went up to the house with a dog named Franky, who quickly detected the odor of pot. The sniff was used to obtain a search warrant from a judge." (03/26/13)

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