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  • The Roberts court ruled for business interests 61 percent of the time, compared with 46 percent in the last five years of the court led by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.  The New York Times reports.

  • Image Rights vs. Free Speech in Video Game Suit Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 11:40 AM ET
    Sam Keller

    When Sam Keller, a former quarterback at Arizona State, sued the video game publisher Electronic Arts last year, he was seeking compensation for himself and other college athletes whose names were not used but whose images he contended were being illegally used by the company. The New York Times reports.

  • The Supreme Court seemed wary about a business-backed challenge that could make it almost impossible for consumers to band together to make claims against their cell phone carriers, cable providers and credit card companies.

  • Supreme Court Debates Video Game Violence Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 5:50 PM ET

    Supreme Court Justices grilled attorneys Tuesday on the issue of video game violence, but seemed to preliminarily side with the video game industry on First Amendment issues.

  • Video Game Industry to Get Its Day in Court Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 9:49 AM ET

    The Supreme Court is schedule to hear oral arguments on Nov. 2 in the case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA, by far the most important challenge – legal or otherwise – the video game history has faced.

  • Midterm War Chests Gush Over Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 10:50 AM ET

    If anyone thought a sluggish economy with high unemployment would dampen campaign spending for the 2010 midterm elections, they couldn't be more wrong. A Supreme Court ruling, tight races and grass roots activism will make this the most expensive midterm election in history—with fundraising reaching levels never seen before.

  • Fraud Ruling Is Reshaping Federal Cases Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 9:17 AM ET

    The Supreme Court ruled that a section of the 1988 federal fraud statute making it a crime to deprive others “of the intangible right of honest services” was unconstitutionally vague, leaving courts that relied on the statute in the lurch, the NYT reports.

  • Political Ads Off Limits, Goldman Promises Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 9:58 AM ET
    Goldman Sachs

    Facing pressure from critics of Wall Street to limit its role in elections, Goldman Sachs  has pledged not to spend any of its vast corporate reserves on political advertising. The NYT reports.

  • Former Enron CEO Skilling Seeks Release From Prison Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 6:51 PM ET
    Jeffrey Skilling

    Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’who is three-and-a-half years into a 24-year prison sentence—wants out of jail while a federal appeals court reconsiders his case.

  • Fourth GOP Senator to Support Kagan for Top Court Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 1:23 PM ET
    Elena Kagan

    Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says she plans to vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice.

  • Publisher: MicrosoftCopies sold: 2 million on the Initially conceived as a side project, the latest installment in the “Halo” franchise took on a life of its own during development. It’s a different type of game than its predecessors, with no sign of the series hero - the Master Chief. Fans snatched it up, though and critics applauded the new style of play.

    At issue isn’t whether publishers can make violent games, but whether states can impose sales restrictions on those titles—effectively declaring them to be on the same level as pornography and legally limit their sale.

  • The Supremes—Let's Pick Our Own Justices Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 3:00 PM ET
    Betty White

    We vote for President—the executive branch. We vote for Congress—the legislative branch. Why can't we vote for the Supreme Court—the judicial branch?

  • Court to Decide if State Can Regulate Video Games Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 11:39 AM ET
    Gavel

    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether California can ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children.

  • Obama to Hill Leaders: No Litmus Tests on Abortion Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 | 12:12 PM ET

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will not insist that his Supreme Court nominee pass any "litmus tests" in supporting a woman's right to have an abortion, but made clear he'll choose a candidate who will consider personal privacy and women's rights.

  • New Battle May Erupt Over High Retirement Fund Fees Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling offers investors no help in combatting excessive mutual fund fees. And shareholders advocates say the ruling may spark a new round of litigation.

  • Busch: Obama's Supreme Court Challenge Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 10:50 AM ET
    US Supreme Court

    If there is a protracted battle on any nominee or if any nominee is withdrawn after they are proposed, the process has the potential to wipe out most of the summer and part of the fall. This would leave little time to pass any meaningful legislation before Congress adjourns before the mid-term elections.

  • Whatever Happened to One Person-One Vote? Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 | 1:45 PM ET

    The Supreme Court’s decision to treat business entities as “people” has fired up political pundits and lobbyists on all sides, writes William Dunkelberg, Economics Professor at Temple University.

  • Supreme Court Rolls Back Campaign Spending Limits Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 10:33 AM ET
    Gavel

    The Supreme Court struck down Thursday long-standing limits on corporate spending in U.S. political campaigns, such as this year's congressional races and the 2012 presidential contest.

  • Top Court Won't Close Shipping Locks to Keep Out Carp Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | 11:48 AM ET

    The US  Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to order immediate closure of shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.  The court rejected a request by Michigan for a preliminary injunction to close the locks temporarily while a long-term solution is sought to the threatened invasion by the ravenous fish.

  • American Needle Case Shouldn't Change Sports Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010 | 12:48 PM ET

    As I predicted here on this blog this morning,  the American Needle vs. The NFL Supreme Court hearing was a total buzzkill.