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Jul 20, 2014

In U.S. gay marriage cases, children emerge in the limelight

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – With legal battles over gay
marriage simmering across the United States, proponents are
showcasing a group they had once sidelined: children.

Lawyers are recruiting same-sex couples who have children,
putting interviews with kids as young as seven in court filings,
and organizing media events featuring teenagers. In May, for
example, after a Virginia federal appeals court hearing,
16-year-old Emily Schall-Townley told a televised news
conference: “These are my two moms. And this is my family.”

Jun 30, 2014

Analysis – Fault lines re-emerge in U.S. Supreme Court at end of term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sometimes there is no middle ground.

Through much of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term, the nine justices found common if narrow ground to bridge their differences. Many of their high-profile decisions avoided the polarization that defines Washington today. That all changed on Monday, the last day of the nine-month term, with the re-emergence of a familiar 5-4 fault line in a dispute over a U.S. law requiring employers to provide insurance for contraceptives.

For 30 minutes Justice Samuel Alito, a conservative who wrote the majority opinion, and liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote the lead dissent, voiced their competing views of the meaning for America of the decision permitting some corporate employers to object on religious grounds to certain kinds of birth control.

Jun 30, 2014

Fault lines re-emerge in U.S. Supreme Court at end of term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sometimes there is no middle ground.

Through much of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term, the nine justices found common if narrow ground to bridge their differences. Many of their high-profile decisions avoided the polarization that defines Washington today. That all changed on Monday, the last day of the nine-month term, with the re-emergence of a familiar 5-4 fault line in a dispute over a U.S. law requiring employers to provide insurance for contraceptives.

For 30 minutes Justice Samuel Alito, a conservative who wrote the majority opinion, and liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote the lead dissent, voiced their competing views of the meaning for America of the decision permitting some corporate employers to object on religious grounds to certain kinds of birth control.

Jun 29, 2014

On eve of court ruling, Americans oppose contraceptive ban: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of Americans oppose letting employers, based on their religious views, exclude certain contraceptives from workers’ insurance coverage, says a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision expected on Monday.

In one of the most closely watched cases of the year, the nine-member court will weigh whether for-profit corporations may raise religious objections to a mandate in President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law that their insurance cover contraceptives.

Jun 23, 2014

Q&A-U.S. top court upholds basics of Basic v. Levinson decision

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court
ensured a future for securities class actions on Monday by
leaving intact a 1988 precedent, Basic v. Levinson.

Here are some questions and answers on what distinguishes
Monday’s ruling in the case of Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund
from the 26-year-old precedent.

Jun 10, 2014

U.S. law firms flock to gay-marriage proponents, shun other side

By Joan Biskupic

(Reuters) – As U.S. lawsuits seeking gay-marriage rights move toward a likely showdown at the Supreme Court next year, major law firms are rushing to get involved — but only on the side of the proponents.

A Reuters review of more than 100 court filings during the past year shows that at least 30 of the country’s largest firms are representing challengers to state laws banning same-sex marriage. Not a single member of the Am Law 200, a commonly used ranking of the largest U.S. firms by revenue, is defending gay marriage prohibitions.

Jun 10, 2014

Insight – U.S. law firms flock to gay-marriage proponents, shun other side

By Joan Biskupic

(Reuters) – As U.S. lawsuits seeking gay-marriage rights move toward a likely showdown at the Supreme Court next year, major law firms are rushing to get involved — but only on the side of the proponents.

A Reuters review of more than 100 court filings during the past year shows that at least 30 of the country’s largest firms are representing challengers to state laws banning same-sex marriage. Not a single member of the Am Law 200, a commonly used ranking of the largest U.S. firms by revenue, is defending gay marriage prohibitions.

Apr 29, 2014

Strange benchfellows, Ginsburg and Scalia star in U.S. courtroom drama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For more than 30 years, liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg and conservative Antonin Scalia have been the odd couple of top U.S. courts, the closest of personal friends and fiercest of judicial foes. On Tuesday their differences played out vividly in a Supreme Court decision over the regulation of air pollution.

In dueling renditions that together lasted about 20 minutes, the two eldest justices on the Supreme Court bench staked out distinct positions on regulatory power.

Apr 22, 2014

Voice of first U.S. Hispanic justice heard in major race case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first Hispanic Supreme Court justice has been on the bench for nearly five years but had never written an opinion addressing race in America until today.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a sharply worded 58-page dissent on Tuesday to the court’s 18-page decision upholding a Michigan state ban on race-based affirmative action in education.

Apr 22, 2014

Supreme Court hears challenge to ban on ‘false’ campaign speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum voiced doubts on Tuesday about a state law that prohibits false statements during a political campaign.

The Ohio law allows candidates and other citizens to file a complaint for allegedly false slogans, prompting a state election commission hearing and public scrutiny of advocacy groups’ or individuals’ claims in the middle of a campaign.