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Apr 23, 2015

Insight – How Wall Street came out on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On March 6, the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s deadline for legal briefs backing same-sex marriage, gay rights activists quietly celebrated a victory on Wall Street.

Twenty-eight of the country’s biggest financial firms had made an unprecedented show of unity in support of gay marriage by urging the court to strike down state laws banning same-sex unions.

Apr 23, 2015

Insight – How Wall Street came out on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On March 6, the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s deadline for legal briefs backing same-sex marriage, gay rights activists quietly celebrated a victory on Wall Street.

Twenty-eight of the country’s biggest financial firms had made an unprecedented show of unity in support of gay marriage by urging the court to strike down state laws banning same-sex unions.

Apr 23, 2015

How Wall Street came out on gay marriage

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – On March 6, the day of the
U.S. Supreme Court’s deadline for legal briefs backing same-sex
marriage, gay rights activists quietly celebrated a victory on
Wall Street.

Twenty-eight of the country’s biggest financial firms had
made an unprecedented show of unity in support of gay marriage
by urging the court to strike down state laws banning same-sex
unions.

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. top court makes it easier for people to sue the government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday
made it easier for people to sue the federal government by
ruling in favor of plaintiffs in two separate cases including
one involving a Hong Kong woman who was strip-searched while in
immigration detention in Oregon.

On a 5-4 vote deciding both cases, the justices ruled that
court deadlines for filing certain lawsuits can be extended if
plaintiffs have good reasons for the delay. President Barack
Obama’s administration had asked the court to impose a strict
deadline for such lawsuits under a law called the Federal Tort
Claims Act.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. top court curbs police drug-sniffing dogs in routine traffic stops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a new limit on when police can use drug-sniffing dogs, ruling the dogs cannot be employed after a routine traffic stop has been completed if there is no reasonable suspicion about the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

The court ruled 6-3 in favor of a driver, Dennys Rodriguez, who was stopped in Nebraska and found to be transporting a large bag of methamphetamine following a dog sniff.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. top court allows antitrust claims over natural gas prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a federal law governing the natural gas market does not shield energy companies from state antitrust claims made over the western U.S. energy crisis between 2000 and 2002.

The ruling, on a 7-2 vote, was a loss for several energy companies, including American Electric Power Company Inc, Dynegy Inc and ONEOK Inc, which were accused of manipulating published price indexes that led to a spike in gas prices. The resulting energy crisis included rolling blackouts in California.

Apr 20, 2015

Justices weigh white supremacist’s challenge to sentencing law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday weighed whether part of a tough federal criminal sentencing law should be struck down for being overly broad as the justices heard an appeal by a Minnesota white supremacist sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

Several of the nine justices indicated a willingness during the one-hour oral argument in the case to vote in favor of defendant Samuel Johnson, although it is unclear exactly how they will rule.

Apr 20, 2015

U.S. top court rejects Colombian Chiquita human rights suit

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – Chiquita Brands
International Inc will not have to face U.S. lawsuits by more
than 4,000 Colombians accusing the fruit company of human rights
violations after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to
take up the case.

The court rejected an appeal filed by the plaintiffs,
leaving intact a July 2014 ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals in Miami. The appeals court said U.S. courts did not
have the authority to hear the two related cases because all the
relevant conduct occurred outside the United States.

Apr 20, 2015

Supreme Court rejects Rajat Gupta’s insider trading appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact the 2012 insider trading conviction of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc(GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) director Rajat Gupta.

Gupta is the highest-ranking corporate official to be convicted in the U.S. government’s multi-year probe of insider trading in the hedge fund industry. The high court rejected Gupta’s appeal of a March 2014 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that had upheld his conviction.

Apr 6, 2015

U.S. top court won’t hear appeal by former Cuba prisoner Gross

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal filed by Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor imprisoned in Cuba for five years who had sued the U.S. government for negligence.

Gross, 65, was released in December as part of the recent thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba. Gross, jailed in Cuba in December 2009, was serving a 15-year sentence for providing Internet equipment to Jewish Cubans under a U.S. program that Cuba viewed as subversive.