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Justices struggle over attorney fees in patent troll cases

Justices struggle over attorney fees in patent troll cases

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court wrangled over the language of a statute that allows prevailing parties in certain patent infringement cases to recoup attorney fees — an issue that could mean millions of dollars in already costly legal proceedings.

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Greenhouse gas regulations could go up in smoke

Greenhouse gas regulations could go up in smoke

The Obama administration is urging the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency’s statutory mandate to regulate motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions triggers a requirement that the agency also regulate emissions from stationary buildings in order to combat the “urgent” problem of climate change.

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US Supreme Court order adds twist to contraception mandate challenges

A one-page, nonmerits order from the U.S. Supreme Court has infused new energy into court challenges brought by nonprofit employers who claim that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirement violates their constitutional and statutory religious rights.

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Holder applies same-sex marriage ruling to Justice

Holder applies same-sex marriage ruling to Justice

In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.

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