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Apr 21, 2014

Juice drink showdown reaches US Supreme Court

During oral arguments Monday, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed disinclined to hold that a Lanham Act claim of false representation against beverage giant Coca-Cola was preempted under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Apr 16, 2014

US justices struggle with software patentability

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are facing the difficult task of determining whether computer-implemented software programs that draw on non-computerized principles — a category that could encompass countless types of programs that are in use by millions of people — are eligible for patents.

Mar 5, 2014

Defendants score wins in high court personal jurisdiction rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court handed civil defendants a pair of victories in cases that raise the issue of when a party can be sued in federal court in a state far from home.

Feb 26, 2014

Justices try to calculate mortgage fraud restitution

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are trying to figure out just how much restitution is owed to a victim of bank fraud under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act.

Jan 29, 2014

US Supreme Court takes dim view of NLRB appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court has cast serious doubt on President Barack Obama’s constitutional authority to install three members on the National Labor Relations Board without Senate approval in 2012.

Nov 15, 2013

US justices cast doubt on validity of union pact

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court expressed doubt on Wednesday as to the legality of a commonly used type of labor negotiating pact, setting up the possibility of a high court ruling that could shake up workplace organization efforts.

Nov 13, 2013

US Supreme Court beefs up standard for ineffective assistance appeals

Federal courts taking up ineffective assistance-based appeals involving plea bargains must apply a “doubly deferential” standard of review that gives significant weight to state court determinations, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, reversing a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Burt v. Titlow, No. 12-414.

Nov 12, 2013

Justices wrangle over intent needed for aiding, abetting liability

During oral arguments Tuesday, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to nail down just what intent is necessary for a conviction for the federal crime of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in a violent or drug felony.

Oct 14, 2013

US high court ponders if forum selection clauses trump federal rules

Forum selection clauses are commonly used to control where disputes can be adjudicated, particularly those arising from business and consumer contracts. But when a party files suit in a court other than the one specified in such an agreement, how can the aggrieved party enforce the contract terms, given that federal law controls the issue of venue?

Oct 9, 2013

US justices hear ineffective assistance case

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to fill in some of the legal blanks left by its 2012 ruling in Lafler v. Cooper, which extended criminal defendants’ right to effective counsel to the plea bargaining stage.

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.

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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.


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