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Jun 26, 2013

Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision (UPDATE)

In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

Jun 24, 2013

Court makes it harder to sue businesses

A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday made it more difficult for Americans to sue businesses for discrimination and retaliation, leading a judge to call for Congress to overturn the court's actions.

Jun 13, 2013

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.

May 30, 2013

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.

May 28, 2013

Will justices take note of new gay marriage laws?

Three U.S. states and three countries have approved same-sex unions just in the two months since the Supreme Court heard arguments over gay marriage, raising questions about how the developments might affect the justices' consideration of the issue.

May 20, 2013

US high court upholds FCC power in cell tower disputes

The Supreme Court has affirmed the authority of federal regulators to try to speed local government decisions on proposals to build or expand cellphone towers.

Apr 29, 2013

In extortion case, US Supreme Court to decide what constitutes ‘property’

Defining “property” may seem an easy task. But for the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court it may be much trickier as they consider whether a nonbinding recommendation for an investment fund qualifies as “property” that can be the subject of attempted extortion.

Apr 29, 2013

US Supreme Court finds defendant’s retro plea a tough sell

Can a common practice in criminal defense trigger constitutional protections when it’s suddenly changed?

Apr 18, 2013

Shushing Sotomayor

Emotions - and tensions - ran high at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case asking whether a federal tribal law allows a biological father to regain custody of a child who had been legally adopted by a couple under state law.

Apr 3, 2013

US Supreme Court’s class-action ruling leaves unanswered questions

It was a closely watched case that came to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion of questionable precedential value. Now attorneys are left pondering what effect, if any, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend will have on class-action certifications.

Mar 29, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court justices rule in closely-watched class action case

A consumer class action should not have been certified because the plaintiffs’ expert testimony failed to establish that the case was susceptible to awarding damages on a class-wide basis, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4.

Mar 27, 2013

Use of drug-sniffing dog constituted ‘search’, says U.S. Supreme Court

Police engaged in a “search” within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment when they used a drug-sniffing dog on a homeowner’s porch to investigate the contents of the home, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4.

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