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  • WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sold his shares in Exxon Mobil Corp worth up to $250,000 that had prompted him to step aside from cases involving the oil company, financial disclosure forms released on Wednesday showed. Justice Clarence Thomas received a bronze bust of 19th century slavery abolitionist and writer Frederick...

  • NEW YORK, June 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said federal judges should have more discretion to boost penalties in patent infringement cases and ordered an appeals court to review whether Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc willfully violated Stryker Corp patents on a surgical cleaning wand. In a unanimous opinion, the high court also ordered the appeals court in...

  • NEW YORK, June 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said federal judges should have more discretion to boost penalties in patent infringement cases and ordered an appeals court to review whether Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc willfully violated Stryker Corp patents on a surgical cleaning wand. In a unanimous opinion, the high court also ordered the appeals court in...

  • The justices opted not to hear the states' appeal of a December U.S. appeals court decision allowing the mercury rules to remain intact while the administration responded to last year's Supreme Court ruling that the government should have considered the compliance costs when crafting the regulations. Monday's action marked the second time this year the...

  • NEW YORK, June 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said federal judges should have more discretion to boost penalties in patent infringement cases and ordered an appeals court to review whether Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc willfully violated Stryker Corp patents on a surgical cleaning wand. In a unanimous opinion, the high court also ordered the appeals court in...

  • WASHINGTON, June 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants while the Environmental Protection Agency revised them. The justices opted not to hear an appeal by 20 states led by Michigan of a December...

  • WASHINGTON, May 31- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a setback to federal authorities on environmental law by ruling on Tuesday that property owners can challenge the government over the need for costly permits under a water protection statute in a Minnesota peat mine dispute. The court decided 8-0 in favor of North Dakota- based Hawkes Co Inc, which challenged a U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- A U.S. judge on Thursday handed a victory to congressional Republicans who challenged President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, ruling that his administration overstepped its constitutional powers relating to government spending. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, based in Washington, ruled that the administration cannot...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules to Congress, which will have...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges to issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction, despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules to Congress, which will...

  • Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday described as bizarre the legal process used by companies to challenge competitors' patents as the Supreme Court heard a case involving a vehicle speedometer that alerts drivers if they are driving too quickly. The eight justices heard an appeal filed by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, whose speedometer patent was...

  • *More than 1,000 Americans waged long legal fight with Iran. WASHINGTON, April 20- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran. The court's 6-2 ruling dealt a setback to...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with the question of when federal contractors can be sued for defrauding the government in a case involving a 19- year-old Massachusetts woman who suffered a fatal 2009 seizure at a mental health facility. Their lawsuit said King of Prussia, Pennsylvania- based Universal Health Services, one of...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared likely to rule that property owners can challenge the federal government in court over the need for permits under a national water protection law in a case involving a company's plans for a Minnesota peat mine. A majority of the eight justices appeared sympathetic toward North Dakota- based...

  • *At issue: did Puerto Rico law conflict with U.S. law? In 1984, Congress passed legislation that barred Puerto Rico, as a U.S. territory and not a state, from using statutes that let states put struggling municipalities into bankruptcy. "Why would Congress put Puerto Rico in this never-never land?"

  • WASHINGTON, March 22- Liberal justices on Tuesday signaled support for Puerto Rico as the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to revive a law that could let the U.S. territory cut billions of dollars owed in debt at some public agencies, a key test in the island's efforts to weather a huge fiscal crisis. Puerto Rico faces what its governor has called an unpayable...

  • WASHINGTON, March 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with whether a lawsuit filed by European Union countries accusing cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds in 2002 of directing a decade-long scheme from the United States that involved the smuggling of illegal narcotics into Europe by Colombian and Russian crime groups, the laundering of proceeds from the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has been sympathetic to government regulators in his almost two decades as an appeals court judge, frequently rejecting business-led challenges to federal action. His overall record, however, suggests he is a moderate who follows Supreme Court precedent and is not eager to spearhead efforts to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has been sympathetic to government regulators in his almost two decades as an appeals court judge, frequently rejecting business-led challenges to federal action. His overall record, however, suggests he is a moderate who follows Supreme Court precedent and is not eager to spearhead efforts to...

  • Chief Justice John Roberts denied a petition made last week by the states, led by Michigan, to put the rule on hold after a federal appeals court decided in December to leave it intact while the EPA reassessed costs of implementing the regulation. The Supreme Court ruled last June that the EPA should have considered compliance costs when it decided to limit...