Articles by Greg Stohr

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals Over Police ‘Qualified Immunity’

The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to take up a new test of “qualified immunity,” rejecting several appeals that challenged the legal doctrine that has become a broad liability shield for police officers accused of civil rights violations. Qualified …

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Micro-Captive Insurer Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a ruling that critics say would give the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service a sweeping shield from challenges to their regulations. The justices said Monday they will hear arguments over a reporting …

Supreme Court to Consider Fast Track for Obamacare Appeals

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled it will use its Feb. 21 private conference to discuss whether to consider the fate of the Affordable Care Act on a fast-track schedule that would mean a decision by the end of June. The …

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Put Obamacare Appeals on Fast Track

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled it won’t take up appeals defending Obamacare during the term that ends in June, rejecting requests by Democratic-led states and the House to put the case on a fast track. The appeals, filed separately by …

Supreme Court Shows Interest in Child Slavery Appeals by Nestle, Cargill

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled interest in giving companies a broader shield from lawsuits by victims of overseas atrocities, asking the Trump administration for advice on a case stemming from child slavery on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast. Nestle …

Supreme Court to Weigh Scope of Religious Shield from Employee Bias Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider giving religious organizations a bigger exemption from discrimination suits, accepting appeals from two Roman Catholic grade schools fighting bias claims after firing teachers. The appeals by Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Los …

Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Families’ Liability Lawsuit Against Gunmaker

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the gun industry, refusing to block a lawsuit against Remington Arms Co. by family members of nine people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The lawsuit blames the gunmaker’s …

Supreme Court Allows City, State Claims Against Energy Firms Over Climate Costs

The U.S. Supreme Court let government officials press ahead with three lawsuits that accuse more than a dozen oil and gas companies of contributing to climate change. Without comment or published dissent, the high court Tuesday refused to block a …

Supreme Court Justices Appear Divided Over LGBT Workers’ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided over whether federal anti-discrimination law protects gay and transgender employees, as the justices heard arguments in a clash that will define the workplace rights of millions of people. The two-hour session Tuesday suggested that …

Supreme Court Returns Gay Wedding, Religion Rights Case to State

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered reconsideration of a $135,000 award against an Oregon bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case that revived a fractious debate over religious rights and equal treatment. After more …