Articles by Lawrence Hurley

Court Allows Democratic AGs to Defend Obamacare Subsidies for Low-Income Insureds

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday allowed Democratic state attorneys general to defend subsidy payments to insurance companies that are a critical part of the Obamacare healthcare law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted …

Supreme Court Sides with Chevron in Blocking Ecuador Pollution Liability Judgment

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Chevron Corp. by preventing Ecuadorean villagers and their American lawyer from trying to collect on an $8.65 billion pollution judgment issued against the oil company by a court in Ecuador. …

Supreme Court Declines to Hear ‘Dancing Baby’ Copyright Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a closely watched copyright dispute known as the “dancing baby” case over a company’s move to take down a home video posted online showing a toddler joyfully bouncing to the late …

Trump Reverses Obama Stand, Supports Employers Requiring Class Action Waivers

The Trump administration on Friday sided with employers in a Supreme Court case over the rights of workers to bring class action lawsuits against companies, court documents showed. Reversing a position staked out earlier by the Obama administration, which backed …

Supreme Court Rejects Class Action Appeal by Xbox Users

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Microsoft Corp. in its bid to fend off class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who said the popular video game console gouges discs because of a design defect. The …

Supreme Court Hands Wall Street Victory in Curbing SEC Disgorgement Remedy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scaled back the Securities and Exchange Commission’s power to recover ill-gotten profits from defendants’ misconduct, handing Wall Street firms a victory and dealing another blow to the regulator’s enforcement powers. In a 9-0 ruling, …

Democratic Attorneys General Move to Defend Obamacare Insurer Subsidies

More than a dozen Democratic attorneys general on Thursday sought to intervene to defend a key part of the Obamacare healthcare law — subsidy payments to insurance companies — which is under threat in a court case. The 16 attorneys …

Supreme Court Issues Mixed Rulings on Municipal Suits Over Predatory Lending

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that cities may sue banks over predatory mortgage lending to minorities that harms municipal finances, but cast doubt on whether such cases can succeed by throwing out a lower court decision that had …

5 Pending Supreme Court Cases New Justice Gorsuch Could Influence

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court who was confirmed by the Senate to the lifetime job on Friday in a 54-45 vote, will have an immediate impact on cases already pending before the justices. The …

As Supreme Court Justice, Gorsuch Could Influence Trump Climate, Deregulation Agenda

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could help decide the fate of his moves to undo climate-related U.S. regulations, but legal experts said Neil Gorsuch’s judicial record makes it hard to predict whether as a justice he would back a sweeping …