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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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Justices revisit securities fraud class actions

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have an opportunity to dramatically change the landscape of securities fraud class action litigation by limiting, or perhaps overruling altogether, a decision upon which plaintiffs have relied for decades.

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Court rules for airline in pilot defamation claim

Court rules for airline in pilot defamation claim

Ruling that airlines have broad immunity from lawsuits under a post-9/11 security law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a $1.4 million defamation judgment awarded to a pilot who was reported by his employer as mentally unstable and potentially armed.

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Supreme Court nixes human gene patents

Supreme Court nixes human gene patents

In a decision that seemed designed to carve out a middle ground in the legal battle over whether companies can hold exclusive rights in the use of biological material, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that isolated human genes are not patentable, but synthetically created genetic material may be patented.

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Procedural default not a bar to ineffective assistance claim, justices rule

A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a procedural default in state court did not bar a Texas death row inmate from seeking relief in federal court based on the assertion that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel at sentencing.

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Court ruling on unfair debt collection claims could quell suits

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing successful defendants in civil unfair debt collection claims to be awarded attorney fees and costs without a showing that the plaintiff brought the claim in bad faith will likely spur lawyers on both sides to take a harder look at cases early in the litigation process.

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US Supreme Court fractures on expert testimony issue

The Confrontation Clause does not bar an expert from testifying at a criminal trial that a DNA profile produced by an outside laboratory matched the defendant’s state lab DNA profile, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a fractured opinion.

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US Supreme Court says no OT pay for drug sales reps

The Supreme Court has ruled that sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies do not qualify for overtime pay under federal law, a big victory for the drug industry.

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Immigration travel ban isn’t retroactive, says U.S. Supreme Court

An immigration statute limiting a legal permanent resident’s right of reentry does not apply retroactively to a felony conviction before the effective date of the law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-3.

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Lawyers leery of preemptive strike to failure-to-warn claim

The confusing state of the U.S. Supreme Court’s preemption jurisprudence got trickier late last month with a ruling throwing out a state-based failure-to-warn claim on the grounds that federal law occupied the field of locomotive safety.

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Lawmakers push justices to adopt formal recusal rules

Despite assurances from Chief Justice John Roberts that such a move was unnecessary and unwise, a group of lawmakers is pushing the Supreme Court to drop its current self-policing policy for recusals and formally adopt the same judicial code of ethics that binds other federal judges.

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