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Jun 23, 2011

Supreme Court strikes down state drug data mining law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court struck down a law that prohibits the use of prescription drug records for marketing, ruling for free-speech rights over a state government’s medical privacy concerns.

The high court handed a victory to data mining companies IMS Health, Verispan and Source Healthcare Analytics, a unit of Dutch publisher Wolters Kluwer, which had challenged the law. The companies collect and sell such information.

Jun 23, 2011

Supreme court rules against Anna Nicole Smith estate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against Anna Nicole Smith’s estate, bringing to an apparent end a long legal battle the former Playboy model, who died in 2007, had waged to get part of the fortune left by her late Texas oil baron husband.

It marked the second time the U.S. high court has ruled in the dispute involving the former topless dancer and Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall, whom Smith married in 1994 when she was 26 and he was 89.

Jun 23, 2011

U.S. court strikes down state drug data mining law

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
struck down a law that prohibits the use of prescription drug
records for marketing, ruling for free-speech rights over a
state government’s medical privacy concerns.

The high court handed a victory to data mining companies
IMS Health, Verispan and Source Healthcare Analytics, a unit of
Dutch publisher Wolters Kluwer (WLSNc.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which had challenged
the law. The companies collect and sell such information.

Jun 23, 2011

Supreme Court rejects generic drug labeling suits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that generic drug companies cannot be sued under state law over allegations that they failed to provide adequate label warnings about potential side effects.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices gave a victory to Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Mylan Inc’s UDL Laboratories and Iceland-based Actavis Inc by overturning U.S. appeals court rulings that allowed such lawsuits.

Jun 23, 2011

US top court rejects generic drug labeling suits

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
ruled on Thursday that generic drug companies cannot be sued
under state law over allegations that they failed to provide
adequate label warnings about potential side effects.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices gave a victory to Israel’s Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA.TA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Mylan Inc’s (MYL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
UDL Laboratories and Iceland-based Actavis Inc by overturning
U.S. appeals court rulings that allowed such lawsuits.

Jun 21, 2011

Wal-Mart wins in sex-bias case at top US court

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
threw out on Monday a massive class-action sex-discrimination
lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the biggest ever
such case, in a major victory for the world’s largest retailer
and for big business in general.

The justices unanimously ruled that more than 1 million
female employees nationwide could not proceed together in the
lawsuit seeking billions of dollars and accusing Wal-Mart of
paying women less and giving them fewer promotions.

Jun 20, 2011

Wal-Mart wins Supreme Court sex-bias ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court rejected a mammoth class-action lawsuit charging sex discrimination at Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Monday in a ruling that could affect major cases in other industries.

The justices unanimously overturned a U.S. appeals court ruling that more than a million female employees nationwide could join in the lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of paying women less and giving them fewer promotions and seeking billions of dollars.

Jun 20, 2011

Wal-Mart wins US top court sex-bias ruling

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
rejected a mammoth class-action lawsuit charging sex
discrimination at Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday in a
ruling that could affect major cases in other industries.

The justices unanimously overturned a U.S. appeals court
ruling that more than a million female employees nationwide
could join in the lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of paying women
less and giving them fewer promotions and seeking billions of
dollars.

Jun 20, 2011

U.S. top court rejects global warming lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration.

The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now involving six states can proceed in an effort to force the coal-burning plants to cut emissions of gases that contribute to climate change.

Jun 20, 2011

Supreme Court rejects global warming lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration.

The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now involving six states can proceed in an effort to force the coal-burning plants to cut emissions of gases that contribute to climate change.