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Kimberly Atkins is the Washington bureau chief for the Wisconsin Law Journal and its sister publications. She can be reached at kimberly.atkins@lawyersweekly.com.

Hobby Lobby ruling bodes well for nonprofits also challenging law

In a blow to the Obama administration that may hint at how a similar challenge will play out next year, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer-funded health care plans cover certain contraceptives at no cost to employees violates the rights of religious owners of closely-held private companies.

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Affirmative action ruling adds new twist to same-sex marriage challenges

Affirmative action ruling adds new twist to same-sex marriage challenges

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a state law barring the consideration of race in public university admission decisions is having an immediate effect on a set of closely watched appeals involving an entirely different issue: the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage bans.

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US Supreme Court town prayer ruling divides justices, bar

US Supreme Court town prayer ruling divides justices, bar

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing prayers to be delivered before public town meetings divided the justices in two ways: in the result and in the standard that applies in determining whether public prayers violate the Establishment Clause.

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US Supreme Court ponders if state law nixes homeowners’ toxic tort claim

US Supreme Court ponders if state law nixes homeowners’ toxic tort claim

The ability of a group of North Carolina homeowners to bring a lawsuit over latent contamination in their well water will come down to the U.S. Supreme Court’s answer to a single, if technical, question: Is there a functional difference between a statute of limitations and a statute of repose?

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US justices struggle with software patentability

US justices struggle with software patentability

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are facing the difficult task of determining whether computer-implemented software programs that draw on non-computerized principles — a category that could encompass countless types of programs that are in use by millions of people — are eligible for patents.

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