Supreme Court News

Supreme Court Sends Merck Warning Label Case Back to Lower Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave Merck & Co. a new opportunity to avoid lawsuits accusing the company of failing to properly warn patients of debilitating thigh-bone fractures from taking its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, throwing out a lower court …

Supreme Court Rules Railroad’s Payments to Injured Workers for Lost Wages Are Taxable

The Supreme Court has ruled that payments to injured employees for lost wages by a railway company are taxable under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA). The opinion in BNSF Railway Co. vs. Loos by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in …

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Calls for Overturning Landmark Libel Case

Justice Clarence Thomas called for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan ruling, which protects news organizations from most libel suits when they write about public figures. Adding to a list of far-reaching …

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Federal Consumer Agency But Others on Way

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Texas bank’s constitutional challenge to the structure of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, passing up a case that could have led to more presidential power over an independent agency that …

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Seen as Business Friend, Regulation Skeptic

Brett Kavanaugh could add a powerful new voice on the Supreme Court to restrain what government agencies can do, ushering in a new era of tougher scrutiny of federal regulations loathed by businesses. In a dozen years on the U.S. …

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,” …