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Nov 9, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court rejects cellphone search warrant case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a
test case on privacy in the digital age on Monday, declining to
decide whether police need to obtain search warrants to examine
cellphone location information held by wireless carriers.

The nine justices turned away an appeal filed by a Florida
man named Quartavious Davis, who was convicted of participating
in a string of 2010 robberies in the Miami area and was
sentenced to 1,941 months, almost 162 years, in prison without
possibility of parole.

Nov 9, 2015

U.S. top court allows Apotex to pursue generic version of Daiichi drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
rejected appeals by Daiichi Sankyo Inc and Mylan
Pharmaceuticals Inc seeking to stop Apotex Inc from
trying to introduce a generic version of Benicar, a drug for
treating hypertension.

The justices declined to review an April ruling by the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Apotex.

Nov 6, 2015

U.S. justices to hear religious objection to Obamacare contraception coverage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The nine justices will consider seven related cases on whether nonprofit groups that oppose the requirement on religious grounds can object under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to a compromise measure offered by the Obama administration.

Nov 5, 2015

Big businesses back affirmative action before U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three major companies, citing the under-representation of minorities in science and technology fields, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in university admissions in a closely watched case to be argued next month.

Technology services company IBM Corp, chemical manufacturer DuPont and chip maker Intel Corp signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed this week backing the University of Texas at Austin.

Nov 3, 2015

U.S. justices skeptical of immigrant’s deportation appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of U.S. Supreme Court
justices on Tuesday questioned whether a legal immigrant from
the Dominican Republic who pleaded guilty in New York to
attempted arson in 1999 has grounds to appeal his threatened

Based on the one-hour oral argument, the court appears
likely to rule against Brooklyn resident Jorge Luna Torres, who
refers to himself as George Luna.

Nov 2, 2015

U.S. top court wrestles with black death row inmate’s jury claim

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court struggled on
Monday over how to resolve an appeal by a black Georgia death
row inmate convicted of murdering an elderly white woman in a
1987 trial in which he contends prosecutors unlawfully excluded
black jury candidates.

It is possible the court will not immediately decide the
case because of technical legal questions about how Georgia
state courts handled it. But a majority of the justices
indicated support for the substance of the claims made by the
inmate, Timothy Foster.

Nov 2, 2015

U.S. justices divided over class action suit against Spokeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared closely divided as it considered online people-search service Spokeo Inc’s bid to avoid a class action lawsuit for including incorrect information in its database.

The legal issue before the nine justices was whether a plaintiff can sue for a technical violation of a federal consumer law even when he cannot show he has been directly harmed. Some of the court’s conservatives appeared hostile to the plaintiffs’ claims but the liberal justices were equally critical of Spokeo’s arguments.

Nov 1, 2015

Tech firms on alert as U.S. top court takes up class action case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Monday whether to nip in the bud a class action lawsuit against online search service Spokeo Inc in a case closely watched by Silicon Valley companies that face similar claims.

If the court rules for Pasadena, California-based Spokeo and finds that a consumer lawsuit cannot proceed when the plaintiff cannot show he is being harmed, it could curtail a recent wave of class action cases against online companies.

Oct 29, 2015

No U.S. EPA carbon rule court decision until after Paris climate talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. federal court that will weigh whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will not make a decision until after United Nations climate change talks conclude in mid-December, according to a court order issued on Thursday.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is a key measure to help the United States meet the greenhouse gas reduction target it pledged ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris that will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

Oct 23, 2015

Illinois spat arises from Supreme Court union dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Political divisions over a U.S. Supreme Court case that could diminish the influence of public sector unions have prompted an unusual spat between top elected officials in Illinois that is playing out on the court’s docket.

In a case backed by conservatives, nonunion public school teachers are challenging California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues, saying it violates their free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution. The court in January will hear the case, one of the most important of its current term, and rule by the end of June.