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

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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.

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U.S. Supreme Court tackles California gay marriage case

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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.

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Courts brace for sequester fallout

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Delays in case processing, less supervision of criminal offenders, long lines due to a shortage of security personnel at courthouses and court employee layoffs are just a few of the things the federal court system is bracing for as a result of the ongoing automatic federal budget cuts known as the budget sequester.

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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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US high court asks when procedural defaults bar ineffective assistance claims

Less than a year after creating a narrow right to make a federal ineffective assistance of counsel claim in a post-conviction proceeding despite a procedural default in state court, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to carve out the contours of that ruling during oral arguments in Trevino v. Thaler.

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