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Jun 25, 2013

Court takes up bankruptcy issue that has split circuits since Anna Nicole Smith ruling

Taking up a complicated jurisdictional issue that has split the circuits since the justices ruled in the case involving the late pinup Anna Nicole Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether bankruptcy court judges can rule on matters normally reserved for Article III judges if the parties in the matter consent.

Mar 27, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court tackles California gay marriage case

During heated arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the justices verbally tussled with attorneys arguing over the law’s constitutionality — but also hinted that the case could have a surprise ending.

Mar 11, 2013

Court limits border searches of electronic devices

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Border Patrol agents must have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before conducting comprehensive searches of laptops or other digital devices in what civil liberties activists are calling a significant victory for privacy rights.

Mar 6, 2013

Patient may sue government for battery, says US high court

A plaintiff may bring a lawsuit against the United States alleging medical battery by a Navy doctor acting within the scope of his employment, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

Mar 5, 2013

US Supreme Court to decide if knowledge confers jurisdiction

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have agreed to decide whether a court can exercise personal jurisdiction over a defendant whose sole “contact” with the forum state is his knowledge that the plaintiff has connections there.

Oct 30, 2012

Driving a Desaccord

Who knew that appellate law would be one of the fastest-developing areas of practice across the country this fall?

Oct 24, 2011

GOP candidates would cut federal judges’ power

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Most of the Republican presidential candidates want to wipe away lifetime tenure for federal judges, cut the budgets of courts that displease them or allow Congress to override Supreme Court rulings on constitutional issues. Any one of those proposals would significantly undercut the independence and authority of […]

Oct 17, 2011

High court to rule on lying about military medals

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide if telling a lie about yourself is a crime — if the lie claims military medals you didn’t earn. The court said Monday it will rule on the constitutionality of a law that makes it a federal crime for people to claim […]


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