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Jun 30, 2015

U.S. justices take up new Arizona redistricting panel challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday
agreed to take up a fresh challenge to a commission in Arizona
that draws legislative districts just a day after ruling on a
related case.

The new case, brought by a group of voters, questions some
of the decisions made by the commission, including the
consideration of minorities in drawing state legislative
boundaries.

Jun 30, 2015

Supreme Court takes up major case on public sector union dues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 non-union public school teachers who say California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.

The teachers have asked the court to upend a decades-old practice that lets public-sector unions collect money from workers who do not want union representation so long as the money is not spent on political activities.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion restrictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to block temporarily parts of a strict new Texas abortion law.

The court granted a request by women’s health providers, which had asked it to put a temporary hold on a June 9 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The groups had asked the high court to put the provisions on hold until they can file a formal petition asking the justices to take the case.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. top court upholds lethal injections, blocks pollution rule

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court dealt
a setback to opponents of the death penalty, endorsing
Oklahoma’s method of lethal injection, and objected to a key
Obama administration air pollution regulation as the justices on
Monday ended their annual term with acrimony.

The court also upheld a voter-approved plan that stripped
Arizona state lawmakers of their role in drawing congressional
districts and accepted an important case for its next term,
plunging into a another fight over the contentious issue of
affirmative action in college admissions.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. top court invalidates Obama administration mercury air pollution rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
invalidated a key Obama administration environmental regulation
aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous
pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

The court ruled in a 5-4 decision, with its five
conservative justices in the majority, that the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency should have weighed the cost of
compliance in deciding whether to regulate the pollutants.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. top court declines to hear Google appeal in Oracle Java fight

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oracle Corp (ORCL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) won a major legal victory on Monday in a closely watched copyright case involving the company’s Java programing language as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) appeal.

The decision upholds a ruling that allows Oracle to seek licensing fees for the use of some of the Java language. Google had said it should be able to use Java without paying a fee.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Arizona redistricting commission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
upheld a voter-approved plan that stripped Arizona state
lawmakers of their role in drawing congressional districts in a
bid to remove partisan politics from the process.

The court, split 5-4, ruled that the ballot initiative did
not violate the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that state
legislatures set congressional district boundaries.

Jun 29, 2015

Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty.

The court, in a 5-4 decision with its conservative justices in the majority, handed a loss to three inmates who objected to the use of a sedative called midazolam, saying it cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. top court declines to hear Google appeal in Oracle software fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
sided with Oracle Corp and declined to hear Google
Inc’s appeal in a major software copyright case that
has been closely followed by the technology industry.

The decision leaves intact a ruling which allows Oracle to
charge licensing fees for the use of some of its Java
programming language. Google had argued it should be free to use
Java without paying a fee.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. top court agrees to weigh affirmative action in college admissions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
waded into a new major battle over the future of affirmative
action in university admissions by agreeing to take up for the
second time a challenge to the process for picking students used
by the University of Texas.

The justices agreed to hear a case brought by Abigail
Fisher, a white applicant who was denied admission to the
entering class of 2008. The court will review a July 2014 ruling
by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
favor of the university.