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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...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to employers over worker compensation, ruling that companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com Inc warehousing contractor. The court decided by a 9-0 vote that employees of Integrity...

  • Court: No worker pay for security screening time Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    An Amazon.com Inc. employee loads a box with merchandise at the company's fulfillment center ahead of Cyber Monday in Tracy, California.

    The Supreme Court ruled that companies do not need to compensate workers for the time they spend during end-of-shift security checks.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that companies do not have to pay workers for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com Inc warehousing contractor. Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is not directly involved in the case. Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro, U.S. Supreme...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Amazon in a compensation case, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. Some workers at Amazon contractor Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., claim they wait up to 25 minutes to clear security before they can go home.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that companies do not have to pay workers for time spent undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com Inc warehousing contractor.

  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The court's decision makes the economic and property damage settlement final, starting a six-month deadline for filing claims, said plaintiffs' attorney Joe Rice of Mount Pleasant,...

  • Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to settlement Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Analyzing the impact of the Supreme Court bar Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- Our reporting team used a wide array of data and computing tools to produce the most comprehensive analysis to date of the U.S. Supreme Court private bar. The data contained appeals filed during Supreme Court terms beginning in 2004 through 2012. At the time we began our analysis, it was the most complete data available. The data included about...

  • Former clerks: Today's prospects, tomorrow's elite Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    On Nov. 3, six clerks from the most recent Supreme Court term assembled on a top floor of Jones Day's building, which overlooks the U.S. Capitol and is leased as a backdrop for network TV telecasts. A firm photographer began to arrange a portrait, one intended for the Jones Day website and trade publications. Supreme Court clerks are so prized that the market-rate...

  • 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...

  • Innovative lawyer changed the way top firms operate Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    BETHESDA, Maryland, Dec 8- Although large firms dominate the list of those that are most successful at getting cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, there are a handful of exceptions. Perhaps the most notable is the unusual four-lawyer firm run by Thomas Goldstein in a Washington suburb 10 miles from the high court. Some of Goldstein's success can be traced to...

  • 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...

  • Judges hear arguments over NSA surveillance Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    In June, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill in Boise, Idaho, disagreed— but nevertheless noted that the case raised privacy questions that could wind up before the Supreme Court. The government has acknowledged that under a USA Patriot Act provision, and with authorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, it collects data from...

  • Supreme Court takes up Cisco patent dispute Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is taking up a patent infringement dispute between computer networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. and rival Commil USA LLC. The justices said Friday they will consider a federal appeals court's decision to throw out a $64 million jury verdict against Cisco for allegedly infringing Commil's patent for wireless technology.

  • Dec 5- Nebraska's Supreme Court could help settle the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline when it decides whether state lawmakers were right to clear the way for the controversial project. At issue are a few narrow legal questions, but the ruling by the seven-judge panel could either clear a bureaucratic hurdle or send the TransCanada Corp plan into a logistical...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Wednesday how to decide a case that could determine whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have physical limitations on duties they can perform. During a one-hour argument before the nine justices, two of the court's three women- Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader...