Articles by Greg Stohr

Supreme Court Hears Law on Human Rights Suits Against Firms

U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they may bar victims of overseas atrocities from using a centuries-old law to sue corporations for complicity, as the court weighed a case stemming from Middle Eastern terrorism. Hearing arguments Wednesday in Washington, the court’s …

Supreme Court Limits Out-of-State Residents Joining Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court gave companies a new tool to defeat some legal claims, siding with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in a bid to limit a consumer lawsuit in California over its Plavix blood thinner. The justices, voting 8-1, said the …

Supreme Court Finds Government Can’t Block Disparaging Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court said the federal government can’t constitutionally withhold legal protections for trademarks seen as disparaging, throwing out a 70-year-old provision as a free-speech violation. The ruling was unanimous, although the court splintered in its reasoning. The decision …

Supreme Court Refuses to Block NFL’s $765 Million Concussion Accord

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement, turning away contentions by former players that the accord won’t adequately compensate them for the brain damage they may have suffered. The justices left intact a …

Supreme Court ‘Easily’ Settles Insider Trading Liability Question

For two years, stock traders and the attorneys who represent them said insider-trading law was a muddle, with no one knowing exactly what was or wasn’t legal. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it had “easily” settled the question. …

Supreme Court Takes Up Case on Liability When Police Provoke Violence

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether Los Angeles County and two police officers must pay a $4 million award to a couple shot during a search for someone else. The case, which comes at a time of heightened …

Supreme Court to Hear ‘Disparaging’ Trademark Case Similar to NFL’s Redskins’

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a new case with implications for the Washington Redskins’ name controversy, agreeing to decide whether the federal government can withhold legal protections for trademarks it concludes are disparaging. The justices on Thursday said they’ll consider …

Supreme Court Makes Room for Triple Damages for Intentional Patent Infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court eased the way for larger damage awards when a company intentionally copies a patented invention. Voting unanimously, the justices said a key federal appeals court had placed overly rigid limits on the ability of trial judges …

Supreme Court Ducks Religious Claims Against Obamacare Birth Control Benefit

The U.S. Supreme Court backed out of a divisive clash involving religious groups that object to contraceptive coverage under Obamacare, issuing a compromise decision that said the two sides might be able to work out their differences. Releasing an unsigned, …

Supreme Court Enters Final Stretch with Key Decisions in Limbo

The U.S. Supreme Court has managed to steer away from controversy in the three months since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. That’s about to get harder. The court is opening the last phase of its nine-month term, a six-week stretch that …