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Jun 16, 2014

US justices reject appeal over graduations in church

The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place a court decision that said public high school graduations in a church adorned with religious symbols violated the separation of church and state.

May 20, 2014

Defense lawyers fear slippery slope after US high court’s anonymous call ruling

Criminal defense attorneys are expressing concerns about a recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court holding that a vehicle search based on an anonymous 911 call was constitutional.

May 9, 2014

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.

Mar 7, 2014

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.

Jan 27, 2014

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.

Sep 23, 2013

Justice Thomas touches on life, law

When Clarence Thomas reflects on his path from Pin Point, Ga., to the U.S. Supreme Court, he credits his college nuns with teaching him the most important word he ever learned. And that word was this:

NAACP Florida
Jun 25, 2013

Supreme Court halts use of key part of voting law (UPDATE)

A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

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.

Jun 3, 2013

US high court: Ex, not current wife, keeps life insurance proceeds

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a divorced Virginia woman could not be forced to surrender the proceeds of a federal employee life insurance policy that she received as her ex-husband’s named beneficiary.

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.

Apr 10, 2013

Justice Thomas: Many black communities in decline

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday he is heartbroken over the persistent poverty and social troubles among many black communities but has no answers on how to solve these problems.

Mar 15, 2013

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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