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Nov 30, 2011

Texas asks top court to stop congressional map

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to stop implementation of an interim Texas map for congressional districts that was crafted by a panel of federal judges and could favor minorities and Democrats in 2012 elections.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made the emergency request in opposing the court-drawn congressional redistricting plan. Abbott, a Republican, asked the Supreme Court on Monday to suspend maps created by the judges for 2012 state Legislature elections.

Nov 28, 2011

Supreme Court asks if lawsuits require proof of harm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a case pitting business against consumer groups, U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday questioned whether individuals can sue a company over an alleged kickback scheme without showing it caused them harm.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often holds the decisive vote among the five conservatives and four liberals on the court, said during the arguments, “The question is whether there is an injury. The (U.S.) Constitution requires an injury.”

Nov 28, 2011

U.S. top court asks if lawsuits require proof of harm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a case pitting business against consumer groups, U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday questioned whether individuals can sue a company over an alleged kickback scheme without showing it caused them harm.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often holds the decisive vote among the five conservatives and four liberals on the court, said during the arguments, “The question is whether there is an injury. The (U.S.) Constitution requires an injury.”

Nov 25, 2011

Supreme Court to decide whether lawsuits require harm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a dispute pitting big business against consumer groups, the Supreme Court hears arguments Monday on whether a person has to suffer legal harm to sue a company over an alleged kickback it got.

Cleveland home buyer Denise Edwards sued her title insurance company under a 1974 federal real estate settlement law that bars kickbacks and certain referral fee arrangements.

Nov 25, 2011

US top court to decide whether lawsuits require harm

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – In a dispute pitting big
business against consumer groups, the U.S. Supreme Court hears
arguments Monday on whether a person has to suffer legal harm
to sue a company over an alleged kickback it got.

Cleveland home buyer Denise Edwards sued her title
insurance company under a 1974 federal real estate settlement
law that bars kickbacks and certain referral fee arrangements.

Nov 21, 2011

Penn State investigator Freeh had rocky FBI tenure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Louis Freeh, named on Monday to head an investigation into the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University, served for eight years as director of the FBI where he faced widespread criticism for a series of high-profile blunders.

Freeh was named by trustees of Penn State to examine why an assistant football coach was allegedly allowed to repeatedly sexually abuse boys over a period of nearly 15 years.

Nov 21, 2011

More prosecutor misconduct in Sen Stevens case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An investigation found new evidence of serious misconduct by Justice Department prosecutors in the 2008 corruption trial of Senator Ted Stevens, who died in 2010, according to court documents released on Monday.

Despite finding “significant, widespread and at times intentional misconduct” by Justice Department prosecutors, the investigators decided not to recommend any criminal prosecution for contempt of court, according to an order by the judge in the case.

Nov 18, 2011

US top court names lawyers to argue healthcare case

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Friday named an attorney to argue that challenges to President
Barack Obama’s healthcare insurance requirements must wait
until after that part of the law has taken effect in 2014.

The high court also appointed a second attorney to argue
that all other parts of the law can stand if the centerpiece
provision – the requirement that all Americans buy insurance by
2014 or pay a penalty – is struck down.

Nov 15, 2011

US Supreme Court asked to broadcast healthcare case

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – A U.S. cable TV network
asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow its first live
broadcast when it hears arguments in the legal dispute over
President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul law.

In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, C-SPAN, the
cable network that broadcasts federal government proceedings,
said live television coverage of the historic arguments in
March would best serve the public interest.

Nov 15, 2011

Supreme Court to take on Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the U.S. healthcare system’s biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said oral arguments would take place in March. There will be a total of 5-1/2 hours of argument. The court would be expected to rule during its current session, which lasts through June.