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Aug 1, 2014

U.S. court upholds Guantanamo detainee search policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration’s new search procedures for Guantanamo Bay detainees, rejecting the argument that invasive practices such as frisking of anal and groin areas discouraged consultation with defense lawyers.

In reversing a 2013 federal court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit described the new search policy and a restriction on the location of detainees’ meetings with lawyers as “reasonable security precautions.”

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. asks appeals court to reconsider Obamacare subsidies ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Friday to reconsider its July 22 ruling that poses a major setback to the Obamacare health insurance overhaul as it could limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of people.

In the ruling last month, the appeals court said the subsidies, which help people afford health insurance, may only be paid in states that have their own online health insurance exchanges. There are 36 states that lack their own exchanges, which are a central feature in the Obamacare system.

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. appeals court upholds Guantanamo detainee frisk-search policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration’s new policy of search procedures at Guantanamo Bay that detainees had challenged saying invasive practices such as frisking of their anal and groin areas discourage them from consulting with their lawyers.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed an earlier court ruling that favored the detainees. The appeals court said the administration’s search policy, as well as a rule restricting the location of detainees’ meetings with lawyers, are both “reasonable security precautions.”

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labeling regulation

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Tuesday rejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule
concerning labeling requirements for meat, a ruling that could
have a major impact on businesses fighting federal regulation on
free-speech grounds.

For the second time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit said the 2013 regulation could be
enforced. It requires labels on muscle cuts of meat to list the
country of origin and other details.

Jul 3, 2014

College wins U.S. top court temporary exemption on Obamacare birth control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court gave a Christian college in Illinois a temporary exemption from birth control coverage required by President Barack Obama’s health reform law, days after ruling that for-profit employers can opt out for religious reasons.

The court said on Thursday in a split 6-3 decision by the justices that Wheaton College, which has objected on religious grounds, did not have to comply with the government compromise process for nonprofit groups with religious affiliations while litigation continues, an unsigned order showed.

Jul 1, 2014

U.S. top court to hear KBR’s appeal in Iraq whistleblower case

WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday agreed to hear KBR Inc’s appeal of a
whistleblower case filed by a former employee who accused the
contractor of defrauding the U.S. government over work it
carried out in Iraq.

Former employee Benjamin Carter, who worked in Iraq as a
water purification operator, first sued in 2006 under the
federal False Claims Act. The law allows individuals to sue on
behalf of the government and claim a portion of the proceeds if
the case is successful.

Jul 1, 2014

U.S. top court takes up challenge to Colorado sales tax law

WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge to a Colorado law that
requires out-of-state retailers to provide data on sales they
make to customers in the state in an effort to encourage the
payment of sales tax.

The court agreed to hear an appeal by the Direct Marketing
Association, which is challenging an appeals court determination
that federal courts did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

Jul 1, 2014

U.S. birth control ruling fuels battle over corporate rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has opened up a new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling that family-owned and other closely held corporations can mount religious objections to government action.

Monday’s decision came in a case in which companies sought an exemption to a provision of the 2010 Obamacare healthcare law that requires employers to provide insurance coverage that includes birth control.

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. top court rules against public unions over in-home care workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
dealt a setback to unions by ruling that in-home care workers in
Illinois who are paid by the state are not similar enough to
full-fledged government employees to be compelled to pay union
dues.

The court held in a 5-4 ruling written by conservative
Justice Samuel Alito that plaintiff Pamela Harris and others who
provide in-home care for family members and others with
disabilities were not public employees who could be forced to
pay union dues to a public employees union.

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. top court rules for companies on birth control mandate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

The court held on a 5-4 vote on ideological lines that such companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the healthcare law. The decision means employees of those companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.