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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 that made it all but impossible to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for alleged roles in overseas human rights abuses is proving to be a boon for U.S. firms too, court documents show. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co, U.S. companies such as Chiquita Brands International Inc, IBM Corp and Ford Motor Co have...

  • Justices seem divided over Amtrak regulatory role Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Supreme Court justices exchanged conflicting viewpoints Monday on whether Amtrak had the legal authority to help craft federal regulations over the use of railroad tracks. The American Association of Railroads, which represents the freight railroad industry, says it's unconstitutional for Congress to give a private company the power to...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- About 30 seconds into an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, lawyer Paul Clement was interrupted by a question. It came from Justice Elena Kagan, and it cut to the heart of his case. The exchange illustrates the familiarity that distinguishes a handful of lawyers from more than a thousand other attorneys who have appeared before...

  • Chamber of Commerce forms its own elite law team Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 8- Advocacy groups have long played an important role in Supreme Court litigation, crafting amicus or "friend of the court" briefs in significant cases. But perhaps no other national advocacy organization has so embraced the trend toward Supreme Court specialization as the chief American business lobby, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Boutrous represented the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, in one of the most anticipated business cases in years. Gibson Dunn is not the only law firm to turn Supreme Court appearances into gold. After the firm Sidley Austin won a Supreme Court patent case for eBay, it earned at least $10 million in unrelated legal fees from the online retailer, say people with...

  • A Reuters examination of nine years of cases shows that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned the Supreme Court succeeded at getting their clients' appeals heard at a remarkable rate. The lawyers are the most influential members of one of the most powerful specialties in America: the business of practicing before the Supreme Court. They are the elite of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 4- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared conflicted on how to decide which process struggling homeowners need to follow if they want to back out of mortgages from lenders they accuse of failing to follow a federal "truth in lending" law. The nine justices are weighing an appeal filed by an Eagan, Minnesota couple, Larry and Cheryle Jesinoski, over...

  • Oct 22- Dow Chemical Co, the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, said it was looking to cut fixed costs by $1 billion over the next three years, building on reductions that have helped boost margins. Rival Dupont has said it plans to shave off $1 billion of annual costs by 2019.. Ethane crackers in North America could maintain their cost advantage status even at $80 oil,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 15- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared closely divided as it weighed Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's high-profile fight with generic drug manufacturers over patent protections for Copaxone, its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. Israel- based Teva is battling to protect a key patent for the $4- billion- a-year MS drug that is...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 15- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared closely divided as it weighed Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's high-profile fight with generic drug manufacturers over patent protections for Copaxone, its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The $4- billion- a-year drug accounts for 50 percent of Teva profits, and the patent fight is one...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Gay marriage may be the most anticipated issue heading for the U.S. Supreme Court, but the justices also must tackle a host of business cases as they convene for their new term, including a patent battle involving Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.. The case also has broader ramifications in the patent arena as shown by the number of businesses...

  • *DuPont shares up 4 pct. Sept 17- Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP urged DuPont to separate its high-growth businesses from the more cyclical ones, blaming the company's conglomerate structure for its "underperformance."

  • UPDATE 3-Dow Chemical adds more assets to "for sale" list Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    *To raise $1 bln from sale of corporate assets. July 23- Dow Chemical Co said it would raise about $1 billion from the sale of corporate assets such as rail cars and that it was reviewing joint ventures, part of a plan to raise as much as $6 billion through asset sales.

  • July 22- DuPont, the world's second-largest seed maker, said its agriculture business would not improve in the current quarter as it struggles to cope with farmers' preference for soybean rather than corn, the mainstay of the business.

  • June 30- A federal appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit against CACI International Inc, in which the defense contractor's employees were accused of directing the torture of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. CACI employees had conducted interrogation and other services at Abu Ghraib.

  • In a decision that could crimp consumers' hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U. S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc, a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law by using tiny antennas to broadcast TV content online to paying subscribers.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: 1 new justice could change a lot Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:01 PM ET

    With four justices in their seventies, odds are good that whoever is elected president in November will have a chance to fill at least one Supreme Court seat.

  • High court questions Texas affirmative action plan Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could be decisive, looked skeptically on Texas' defense of the program. "

  • U.S. Supreme Court weighs federally created floods Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    *Case pits Arkansas commission against U.S. Army Corps. WASHINGTON, Oct 3- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a case about the degree to which the federal government must pay damages when it releases water from a dam that causes temporary flooding for a property owner downstream.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday considered whether the federal government could be liable for money damages by printing confidential credit card information on a customer's receipt, increasing the risk of identity theft.