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John Roberts

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis about killing his...

  • May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that bankruptcy judges can resolve disputes that otherwise would have to be decided in a federal court, in an opinion tied to the legal legacy of the late Anna Nicole Smith. The 6-3 ruling, which stemmed from the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Richard Sharif of Chicago, recognized the authority of U.S. bankruptcy judges to...

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a patent infringement claim the tech giant is fighting. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer recused from the case, the court threw out a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Cisco. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced...

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a $64 million patent infringement verdict the tech giant is fighting. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer recused, the court threw out a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Cisco. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a Massachusetts man battling his mortgage lender over a bankruptcy plan in a case in which the Obama administration and even Bank of America Corp had backed the homeowner. On a 9-0 vote, the court said Louis Bullard, who owes community bank Blue Hills Bancorp Inc $387,000 for the mortgage on a property...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a federal law governing the natural gas market does not shield energy companies from state antitrust claims made over the western U.S. energy crisis between 2000 and 2002.. The ruling, on a 7-2 vote, was a loss for several energy companies, including American Electric Power Company Inc, Dynegy Inc and...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- A Spider-Man toy that shoots out webs of foam was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday, with the justices appearing little inclined to overturn a half-century-old legal precedent to allow more royalty fees to go to its inventor. The nine justices heard more than an hour of oral arguments in the case pitting the inventor,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration's refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The provision does not explicitly state whether the EPA was required to include...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Wednesday as it weighed whether the Obama administration had to consider costs before deciding whether to regulate emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Justice Anthony Kennedy could be a possible swing vote on the nine-justice...

  • Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday. And the man who occupies the center chair on the Supreme Court's mahogany bench and often dominates arguments seemed to remain deliberately inscrutable. As liberal justices...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. Conservatives Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito asked questions sympathetic to the challengers.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it weighed tax subsidies key to the implementation of the Obamacare health law. Potential swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. A couple of dozen demonstrators from the conservative...

  • SECOND POTENTIAL SWING VOTE JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS SAYS NOTHING TO SIGNAL HOW HE WILL VOTE.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Wednesday on a second major legal attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conservative challengers taking aim at a pivotal part of the statute that authorizes tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. A couple of dozen demonstrators from the conservative Tea Party...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday a second major legal attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conservative challengers taking aim at a pivotal part of the statute that authorizes tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. If the court rules against the Obama administration, up to 7.5 million people in at...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday a second major legal attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conservative challengers taking aim at a pivotal part of the statute that authorizes tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. If the court rules against the Obama administration, up to 7.5 million people in at...

  • March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law. -March 23, 2010: The Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, becomes law after a protracted debate in the U.S. Congress, with Democrats narrowly securing passage over unified Republican opposition.