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  • WASHINGTON, March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- AO World, the British online retailer of domestic appliances that soared at its flotation a year ago, cut its full-year earnings outlook on Wednesday and saw its shares crash by 46 percent at the open. AO, which has also moved into Germany as part of a wider European expansion plan, said some of the revenue growth this time last year was due to the extra...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote in a ruling that saved President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform. As the high court prepares to weigh another challenge that could shatter Obamacare, a review of Roberts' recent votes and opinions suggest he could again sway the case the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared torn as it weighed a major civil rights case that could narrow the scope of discrimination claims made under the landmark Fair Housing Act. The case concerns whether Texas violated the Fair Housing Act by disproportionately awarding low-income housing tax credits to developers who own...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that officials in a suburb of Atlanta did not do enough to explain to a unit of telecommunications company T-Mobile USA Inc why the town denied an application to build a new cellphone tower. The town notified T-Mobile South LLC of the decision by sending a letter that did not explain the reason for the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that officials in a suburb of Atlanta did not do enough to explain to a unit of telecommunications company T-Mobile USA Inc why the town denied an application to build a new cellphone tower. The town notified T-Mobile South LLC of the decision by sending a letter that did not explain the reason for the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Justices open big term with new human rights case Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. Cases involving some of the most emotional issues in American life are likely to be decided after voters choose a president and new Congress next month.

  • Court seems unclear on house versus boat question Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:18 PM ET

    The Supreme Court struggled with all types of questions Monday as it tried to figure out what kind of floating structures fall under maritime law, a question that could have a profound impact on popular businesses like floating casinos, hotels and restaurants.

  • High court begins new term with human rights case Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities.