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  • Dec 16- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked. Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it might appeal the decision, which upheld lower court rulings, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Monday's ruling on the class-action lawsuit will...

  • Court settles California undersea border dispute Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin. Both sides have been trying to reach agreement since the mid-50s after Congress passed the Submerged Lands Act. "It's a huge achievement after all this time," said Sheri Pemberton of the California...

  • Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on drug-induced abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts. Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it would have been extremely rare for the high court to grant the state's request to enforce the...

  • Court will hear dispute over Spider-Man toy Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is leaping into a tangled web of litigation over a Spider-Man toy and its inventor's quest to keep collecting royalties even after his patent expired. Inventor Stephen Kimble sold his patent on the toy to comic book giant Marvel Entertainment— a division of Walt Disney Co.— in 2001 and agreed to a deal that has paid him more than $6...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 the duties they can perform. During a one-hour argument before the nine justices, two of the court's three women- Ruth Bader Ginsburg and...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Delving into the sensitive subject of women's rights in the workplace, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have a hard time doing their usual job duties. The case concerns whether package delivery company UPS Inc treated part-time truck driver Peggy...