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Apr 16, 2012

US top court to hear reach of copyright law abroad

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on
Monday it would hear a case on whether a U.S. copyright law
doctrine applies to copies made and acquired abroad and then
imported into the United States, an issue the justices failed to
decide in 2010.

The high court said it would decide the reach of what is
known as the first-sale doctrine, a provision of the Copyright
Act that allows the owner of a lawfully made copy to sell or
dispose of it without the copyright owner’s permission.

Apr 2, 2012

Supreme court: immunity for witness grand jury testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a government investigator who initiates a criminal case against a private individual and later lies to a grand jury still has immunity from a civil lawsuit over his testimony.

The high court justices unanimously handed a defeat to a Georgia accountant who wanted to proceed with his lawsuit seeking damages from a government official who was the chief investigator for a local prosecutor.

Apr 2, 2012

Supreme Court upholds jail strip-searches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that jails do not violate privacy rights by routinely strip-searching everyone, even those arrested on minor traffic offenses.

By a 5-4 vote and splitting along conservative-liberal ideological lines, the high court ruled that privacy rights involving the searches were outweighed by security concerns by jails about a suspect hiding drugs, weapons or other contraband.

Mar 30, 2012

Supreme Court takes up healthcare in secrecy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supreme Court justices on Friday held closed-door deliberations on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law, likely casting preliminary votes on how they will eventually rule on their highest-profile case in years.

In an institution known for keeping its secrets, no leaks are likely before formal opinions have been written and announced from the bench. That is not expected to occur until late June, when the court is set to go on its regular summer recess.

Mar 29, 2012

Obama lawyer asks Supreme Court to save healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s top courtroom lawyer made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the Supreme Court to save President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, capping three days of historic arguments that left it unclear how the nine justices would rule.

Having peppered lawyers for and against the law with questions for more than six hours over the three days, the justices withdrew to their chambers to begin up to three months of deliberation expected to yield a decision by late June.

Mar 28, 2012

Jack Benny joke enlivens US court healthcare debate

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia, known for quips during court sessions, on
Wednesday managed to work into healthcare legal arguments a
reference to a radio comedy routine by the late Jack Benny
involving a mugger.

“Your money or your life,” the mugger says to the
notoriously penny-pinching Benny, who replies, “I’m thinking,
I’m thinking.”

Mar 28, 2012

Obama lawyer asks US top court to save healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s top courtroom lawyer made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the Supreme Court to save President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, capping three days of historic arguments that left it unclear how the nine justices would rule.

Having peppered the lawyers defending and challenging the law with questions for more than six hours over the three days, the justices withdrew to their chambers to begin up to three months of deliberation expected to yield a decision by late June.

Mar 28, 2012

Supreme court limits damages in HIV-infected pilot’s case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a pilot from San Francisco, whose status as HIV-infected was disclosed by one federal agency to another one in violation of a privacy law, cannot sue for damages for mental and emotional distress.

By a 5-3 vote with conservative justices holding sway, the court overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in California and held that violations of a 1974 federal privacy law allowed only for actual damages such as out-of-pocket financial losses.

Mar 28, 2012

Supreme Court weighs all-or-nothing on healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fate of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul will be on the line on Wednesday when the Supreme Court considers whether the entire law must fall without its centerpiece insurance mandate.

Completing three days of historic arguments, the nine justices will hear arguments on whether the rest of the law, Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, can survive should the court decide Congress exceeded its powers by requiring all Americans buy insurance by 2014.

Mar 28, 2012

U.S. top court weighs all-or-nothing on healthcare law

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The fate of President
Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul will be on the line on
Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether the
entire law must fall without its centerpiece insurance mandate.

Completing three days of historic arguments, the nine
justices will hear arguments on whether the rest of the law,
Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, can survive should
the court decide Congress exceeded its powers by requiring all
Americans buy insurance by 2014.