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Apr 22, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court immigration case weighs states’ powers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A clash over immigration law will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, pitting the state of Arizona against President Barack Obama in a case with election-year political ramifications for him and Republican rival Mitt Romney.

In its second-biggest case this term, the court – fresh from hearing the Obama healthcare overhaul case – will consider on Wednesday whether a tough Arizona immigration crackdown strayed too far into the federal government’s powers.

Apr 22, 2012

Factbox: Arizona immigration law before U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a test of whether a tough state law intended to crack down on illegal immigrants improperly intruded on the federal government’s power to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

On one side are the Southwestern border state of Arizona; its Republican governor, Jan Brewer; and Paul Clement, a former solicitor general during George W. Bush’s presidency. Clement, who is now in private practice, argued last month’s Supreme Court challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Apr 18, 2012

Torture law applies only to people, says U.S. top court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority and PLO cannot be sued under a 1991 U.S. victim protection law over the alleged torture of an American in a West Bank prison, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, holding that the law only applies to individuals.

The justices unanimously agreed with the Obama administration that the Torture Victim Protection Act allowed civil lawsuits in U.S. courts only against a person who had engaged in torture or killing, not against groups.

Apr 18, 2012

Supreme Court: torture law applies only to people

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority and PLO cannot be sued under a 1991 U.S. victim protection law over the alleged torture of an American in a West Bank prison, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, holding that the law only applies to individuals.

The justices unanimously agreed with the Obama administration that the Torture Victim Protection Act allowed civil lawsuits in U.S. courts only against a person who had engaged in torture or killing, not against groups.

Apr 17, 2012

U.S. top court: lawyers hired by cities can seek immunity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that private attorneys or others temporarily hired by local governments to conduct investigations can assert immunity from civil rights lawsuits alleging constitutional violations and seeking damages.

The high court ruled such individuals were not barred from getting immunity solely because they do not work for the government on a permanent or full-time basis.

Apr 17, 2012

U.S. top court rules for Sun Pharma unit on patent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in favor of a generic drugmaker in a case over how companies can fight brand-name rivals in an effort to get their cheaper medicines to market.

The high court unanimously ruled that the generics company, Caraco Pharmaceuticals, could sue a brand-name drugmaker to get it to narrow its patent description with the Food and Drug Administration.

Apr 17, 2012

US top court rules for generic drugmaker on patent

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
ruled on Tuesday in favor of a generic drugmaker in a case over
how companies can fight brand-name rivals in an effort to get
their cheaper medicines to market.

The high court unanimously ruled that the generics company,
Caraco Pharmaceuticals, could sue a brand-name drugmaker to get
it to narrow its patent description with the Food and Drug
Administration.

Apr 16, 2012

Supreme Court hears Glaxo overtime pay case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday on whether pharmaceutical companies must pay sales representatives overtime, a dispute that threatens the industry with billions of dollars in potential liability.

The justices considered an appeal by two former sales representatives for a unit of Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline Plc of a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California that they were “outside sales” personnel exempt from federal overtime pay requirements.

Apr 16, 2012

U.S. high court hears Glaxo overtime pay case

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
heard arguments on Monday on whether pharmaceutical companies
must pay sales representatives overtime, a dispute that
threatens the industry with billions of dollars in potential
liability.

The justices considered an appeal by two former sales
representatives for a unit of Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline Plc
of a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
California that they were “outside sales” personnel exempt from
federal overtime pay requirements.

Apr 16, 2012

Supreme court rejects Skilling’s Enron case appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the latest appeal by former Enron Corp Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling seeking to overturn his criminal conviction over the collapse of the Houston-based energy trading giant more than a decade ago.

The justices without any comment declined to review a ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected Skilling’s legal challenge to his conviction and that found that any error committed by the trial judge was “harmless.”