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Oct 23, 2014

Millions view talking dogs online spoof of U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A comedy sketch with dogs portraying members of the U.S. Supreme Court – picture Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Chihuahua – had scored more than two million YouTube views by Thursday, drawing attention to the high court’s secretive ways via some cheap laughs.

Less than six minutes long, the skit produced by the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver program went viral on the web after HBO broadcast it on Sunday. Dressed in black robes and seated behind a dais, a bulldog plays Antonin Scalia; a poodle, Samuel Alito.

Oct 20, 2014

Supreme Court agrees to decide gun ownership case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a Florida man convicted on drug charges and forced to give up his firearms under federal law could sell the guns or transfer ownership to his wife or a friend.

The court agreed to hear an appeal filed by Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who was convicted of distributing marijuana and other drug offenses in 2007 and sentenced to six months in prison.

Oct 20, 2014

Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel guest registries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether hotel operators have grounds to challenge a Los Angeles city ordinance that allows police to view guest registries, a power that local officials say helps them investigate crimes including prostitution.

The City of Los Angeles asked the Supreme Court to intervene after an appeals court said the ordinance violated the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful searches and seizures.

Oct 20, 2014

U.S. top court to decide police access to hotel guest registries

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday agreed to decide whether hotel operators have grounds to
challenge a Los Angeles city ordinance that allows police to
view guest registries, a power that local officials say helps
them investigate crimes including prostitution.

The City of Los Angeles asked the Supreme Court to intervene
after an appeals court said the ordinance violated the U.S.
Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful
searches and seizures.

Oct 20, 2014

U.S. top court declines Duane Reade executives’ appeals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear two former senior Duane Reade Inc[OKHLPD.UL] executives’ appeals of their 2010 securities fraud convictions for inflating earnings at the New York drugstore chain.

Anthony Cuti, Duane Reade’s former chief executive, and William Tennant, who served as chief financial officer, both asked the court to throw out their convictions. They said in court papers that testimony from accountants used at trial should not have been allowed.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court justices divided over Teva patent battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared closely divided as it weighed Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s high-profile fight with generic drug manufacturers over patent protections for Copaxone, its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.

Teva is battling to protect a key patent for the drug that is due to expire in September 2015. The $4-billion-a-year drug accounts for 50 percent of Teva profits, and the patent fight is one of the most important business cases of the current term for the nine Supreme Court justices.

Oct 15, 2014

Opponents ask U.S. Supreme Court to block Texas voter ID law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Civil rights lawyers on Wednesday asked a U.S. Supreme Court justice to block a Texas law requiring voters in the state to show certain forms of identification in order to cast a ballot.

The move comes after a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday blocked a lower court decision that had struck down the law, meaning the measure would be in effect for the November elections if the Supreme Court does not intervene.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S. top court hears Teva’s multiple sclerosis drug patent fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to wade into Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s fight over patent protections for Copaxone, its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug, in one of the most important business cases of the justices’ new term.

The nine justices are due to hear a one-hour oral argument beginning at 10 a.m. EDT in which Israel-based Teva is pitted against generic rivals that want to introduce their own versions of the drug as soon as possible.

Oct 14, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion restrictions

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday blocked certain restrictions on abortion contained in a
Texas state law.

The high court granted a request filed by abortion rights
groups that puts on hold parts of a federal appeals court
decision that had allowed the law to go into effect.

Oct 14, 2014

Supreme Court justices chew on teeth-whitening dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court may have bitten off more than it can chew in a North Carolina case about whether the state dental board has the authority to regulate teeth-whitening services, with the justices appearing unsure how to rule.

The legal battle was prompted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which decided that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners could be subject to antitrust claims because members of the profession it regulates also sit on the board.