Supreme Court News

Supreme Court Allows State Ban on Corporate Political Giving

The U.S. Supreme Court left intact Iowa’s ban on corporate political donations, as the justices declined a chance to extend last week’s ruling striking down federal contribution limits. The justices, making no comment, today rejected an appeal by the Iowa …

Supreme Court Denies Appeal by Photographer Who Refused Same-Sex Couple

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal from a New Mexico wedding photographer found to have violated a state anti-discrimination law when she refused to take pictures of a commitment ceremony for a same-sex couple. The photographer, Elaine Huguenin, …

Supreme Court Nixes Suit Against Officer Brought in Another State

The Supreme Court ruled this week that a Georgia police officer could not be sued in Nevada over the seizure of money from two travelers at an Atlanta airport. In a unanimous decision, the justices said a lawsuit against officer …

Gay Marriage Battle Headed to Federal Courts

The overturning of Virginia’s gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama’s two election victories. It’s no accident that Virginia has become a key testing …

Attorneys Argue Over Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Law

Oklahoma’s new workers’ compensation law violates the state Constitution in several ways and should be struck down, an attorney for two state lawmakers and a firefighter’s organization told a state Supreme Court referee. “There are some very, very disturbing aspects,” …

Supreme Court Declines Privacy Claim Against Resale of Driving Records

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a unit of Thomson Reuters Corp. can obtain and sell information on drivers provided by state agencies without violating a federal privacy law. The decision not to hear the matter …

Supreme Court Tackles Suits Against Firms for Human Rights Violations Abroad

A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices raised doubts on Tuesday over whether Daimler AG can be sued in federal court for allegations that a subsidiary violated the human rights of workers at a plant in Argentina in the 1970s. …

Supreme Court Shows Interest in Medical Device Liability Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court expressed interest in Medtronic Inc.’s appeal in a lawsuit by a man who was rendered a paraplegic after surgeons implanted a system that infuses pain medication into the spine. The justices today asked the Obama administration …

Supreme Court Rejects Tobacco Companies’ Appeal of Florida Case

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the tobacco industry’s appeal of a Florida ruling that may help thousands of smokers sue cigarette makers over smoking-related illnesses. The nation’s highest court today turned away arguments by Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA, …

Supreme Court Limits Workplace Harassment, Retaliation Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court put new limits on lawsuits claiming on-the-job harassment, throwing out a case filed by a black catering worker who said a colleague slapped her and used racial epithets. The justices, voting 5-4, said the alleged harasser …