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Sep 30, 2014

Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare tax subsidies

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A federal judge in Oklahoma
ruled on Tuesday that tax subsidies vital to the implementation
of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law are
unlawful, giving a boost to opponents of the measure known as
Obamacare.

U.S. District Judge Ronald White found that the Internal
Revenue Service rule that the Obama administration issued to set
up tax-credit subsidies to help people afford insurance premiums
under Obamacare was “an invalid implementation” of the law based
on his interpretation of it.

Sep 29, 2014

U.S. top court, in reversal, dismisses IndyMac securities case

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday had a change of heart and dismissed a case it had
previously agreed to hear on whether class action claims against
underwriters of securities issued by a unit of the now-defunct
IndyMac Bancorp Inc should be able to proceed.

The decision not to hear the case means that an appeals
court decision in favor of banks that were defendants in the
case stays intact. They are units of Credit Suisse Group
AG Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group
Inc and Morgan Stanley.

Sep 29, 2014

Supreme Court meets to consider taking gay marriage cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court met behind closed doors on Monday to consider whether they should take up the hotly contested question of whether states can ban gay marriage.

The court has seven cases pending before it concerning bans in five states: Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana. If the court agrees to take one or more of the cases it has the chance to rule when, if ever, gay men and women in the 31 states that now bar them from marrying could get marriage licenses.

Sep 29, 2014

U.S. top court meets to consider taking gay marriage cases

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The nine justices of the
U.S. Supreme Court met behind closed doors on Monday to consider
whether they should take up the hotly contested question of
whether states can ban gay marriage.

The court has seven cases pending before it concerning bans
in five states: Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana.
If the court agrees to take one or more of the cases it has the
chance to rule when, if ever, gay men and women in the 31 states
that now bar them from marrying could get marriage licenses.

Sep 9, 2014

Wisconsin, Indiana ask U.S. justices to hear gay marriage cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The states of Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold their respective bans on gay marriage.

Both states filed petitions with the court in an effort to get the cases before the nine justices as soon as possible. The justices are due to meet on Sept. 29 to consider what new cases to take up for the coming term, which begins in October and ends in June.

Sep 5, 2014

U.S. court rejects gay-marriage bans as ‘implausible’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court judge known for his outspoken views described arguments by Wisconsin and Indiana defending bans on gay marriage as “totally implausible” on Thursday, in a ruling in favor of same-sex couples.

Judge Richard Posner, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, wrote the unanimous decision on behalf of a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled against the bans.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. court invalidates Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled that bans against gay marriage in the states of Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution.

The three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously against the bans and in favor of same-sex couples, just over a week after hearing oral arguments in the two different cases.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. appeals court to reconsider Obamacare subsidies case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday agreed to reconsider a July 22 ruling that posed a major setback to the Obamacare health insurance overhaul because it could limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of people.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said it would hear new oral arguments in the case on Dec. 17, which could delay possible U.S. Supreme Court consideration of the issue. The appeals court threw out the original ruling.

Sep 3, 2014

Gay marriage cases await early decision by U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for the state of Utah believe they have the perfect case for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide once and for all the hotly-contested legal rights issue of whether states can ban gay marriage.

But so do lawyers in Virginia and Oklahoma, setting the scene for the high court to take the crucial first step as soon as Sept. 30 on which gay marriage case or cases the nine justices will hear during their next term starting on Oct. 6.

Aug 27, 2014

Gay marriage advocates ask top U.S. court to strike down state bans

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – In a bold legal move, gay
marriage advocates are urging the U.S. Supreme Court in three
pending cases to decide once and for all whether states can ban
same-sex unions.

Gay and lesbian plaintiffs won before appeals courts in
cases involving bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma, and lawyers
for those states have already asked the justices to take up
their appeals. Lawyers defending the bans contend that the U.S.
Constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage.