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Jun 19, 2017

Supreme Court: 9/11 detainees can’t sue top US officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Muslim men detained after the Sept. 11 attacks can’t sue top U.S. law enforcement officials.The justices by a 4-2 vote on Monday ended a long-running lawsuit against former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former FBI Director Robert Mueller and other top Bush administration officials. The suit was filed by […]

Mar 6, 2017

Supreme Court scraps case on transgender bathroom rights

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen’s case to a lower court without reaching a decision, leaving in limbo the issue of transgender rights in school settings. Monday’s action comes after the Trump administration pulled back federal guidance advising schools to let students use the bathroom of their chosen gender, not biological […]

Jan 13, 2017

IP Frontiers: Supreme Court curtails design patent damages in Samsung v. Apple

There are generally three types of patents — utility, design and plant patents. Plant patents cover new plant breeds and hybrids. Utility patents cover the function and/or structure of processes, articles of manufacture and compositions of matter. Design patents cover ornamental designs for articles of manufacture. Thus, an article of manufacture can be the subject […]

Oct 5, 2016

Justices seem wary of limiting insider trading prosecutions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed unlikely on Wednesday to place new limits on the ability of prosecutors to crack down on insider trading on Wall Street. Most of the justices said during arguments in a closely watched case that insider trading violates the law even if the person supplying corporate secrets to a friend […]

Jun 13, 2016

Supreme Court eases rules for more money in patent lawsuits

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has made it easier for patent holders to collect additional money when someone copies their invention without getting permission or paying for it. The court said in a unanimous ruling Monday that judges have discretion to award additional damages in patent infringement lawsuits in what Chief Justice John Roberts called […]

Feb 15, 2016

Who Obama might nominate

WASHINGTON — Republicans are near-unanimous in demanding that President Barack Obama leave it to his successor to nominate a candidate to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. But the president insists he plans to come forward with a nominee — and that there’s plenty of time for the Senate to weigh […]

Feb 15, 2016

Scalia’s death could change results in key cases

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court abhors even numbers. But that’s just what the court will have to deal with, perhaps for many months, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Eight justices will decide what to do, creating the prospect of 4-4 ties. Here are some questions and answers about the effect on the court of […]

Feb 15, 2016

Death while in office a rarity for modern Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — A black-draped chair on the Supreme Court bench once signaled that a justice had died, but those somber memorials have been increasingly uncommon at the court as its members have chosen to retire rather than hold their office until death. Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday at the age of 79 marks only the second time […]

Jan 25, 2016

Western NY activists: Immigration case before Supreme Court to affect thousands here

The Supreme Court’s decision to conduct an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive action to grant legal status to some immigrants living in the U.S. illegally ultimately will affect thousands of immigrant workers in western New York, activists said Tuesday. The justices said Tuesday that they will consider undoing lower court orders that blocked […]

Jan 25, 2016

Western NY attorneys: Ruling maintains ‘status quo’ for class actions

The U.S. Supreme Court’ decision in the Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez case is remarkable, not for any change it brings to the viability of class-action lawsuits, but for what it leaves intact, western New York attorneys say. “People who follow this are pretty surprised that the court had granted cert, and that’s why they were […]

Dec 16, 2015

US Supreme Court to decide whether tribal convictions count

FARGO, N.D. — The U.S. Supreme Court says it will decide whether a person with multiple domestic violence convictions in tribal court should be subject to harsher punishments for habitual offenders. The appeal stems from a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from a Montana case that was contrary to separate circuit court decisions […]

Dec 4, 2015

High court takes up Puerto Rico debt restructuring case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from Puerto Rico officials seeking to restructure the debt of the commonwealth’s financially struggling public utilities. The justices said Friday they will review a lower court ruling that said Puerto Rico could not pass a law giving local municipalities the power to declare bankruptcy. […]

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