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Jan 26, 2015

U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining
agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs,
throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former
employees who objected to the change.

On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to
M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-based chemical company
Mossi & Ghisolfi International, by sending the case back for
further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals.

Jan 26, 2015

Supreme Court sends patent cases back to appeals court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday sent three patent cases, including one dispute over Shire Plc’sLialda drug, back to a lower court for further proceedings in light of a ruling the justices issued last week.

All three cases will now be reconsidered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Jan 26, 2015

U.S. top court sends patent cases back to appeals court

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday sent three patent cases, including one dispute over Shire
Plc’s Lialda drug, back to a lower court for further
proceedings in light of a ruling the justices issued last week.

All three cases will now be reconsidered by the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Jan 26, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP executive’s appeal

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday declined to hear an appeal by a former BP Plc
executive who contested whether he can be charged with
obstruction of Congress for downplaying the severity of the 2010
Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Prosecutors say David Rainey misled members of Congress
over the amount of oil spilled in the April 2010 Deepwater
Horizon incident.

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. top court divided over housing discrimination case

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Wednesday appeared torn as it weighed a major civil rights case
that could narrow the scope of discrimination claims made under
the landmark Fair Housing Act.

Based on the one-hour oral argument, it is not clear if
there is a majority on the nine-justice court that will cut back
on what kind of conduct can lead to housing discrimination
litigation.

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. top court backs former air marshal in whistleblower case

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower
protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news
media about the absence of security officers on certain flights.

On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected the arguments made by
President Barack Obama’s administration, which was seeking to
reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert
MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak.

Jan 20, 2015

U.S. top court rejects challenge to debit card ‘swipe fees’ rules

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to controversial debit card
“swipe fee” rules, dealing a blow to retailers, grocers and
restaurant owners who argued the charges were unfairly high.

Businesses pay the fees to banks when customers use debit
cards to purchase goods or services. The fees reimburse banks
for costs involved in offering debit cards.

Jan 20, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Teva over MS drug patent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd can still benefit from patent protection for top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone, dealing a blow to generic drugmakers looking to market a cheaper rival product.

In a 7-2 vote, the justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for further review saying it had not used the correct approach in analyzing whether the patent, due to expire in September 2015, was valid. The appeals court had thrown out the patent in 2013.

Jan 20, 2015

Supreme Court rules for Teva over multiple sclerosis drug patent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in its fight with generic drug manufacturers over patent protections for Copaxone, its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug, by sending the case back to a lower court for further review.

On a 7-2 vote, the justices said that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had not used the correct approach in analyzing whether the patent in question, due to expire in September 2015, was valid.

Jan 20, 2015

U.S. top court rejects appeals by Halliburton, KBR over conduct overseas

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday allowed lawsuits to move forward against government
contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan by declining to hear appeals
filed by KBR Inc and Halliburton Co.

The high court left intact appeals court rulings against the
two companies in three different cases.