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Court weighs securities fraud class-action cases

Posted on March 05, 2014
The Supreme Court is considering whether to abandon a quarter-century of precedent and make it tougher for investors to band together to sue corporations for securities fraud. The justices hear arguments Wednesday in an appeal by Halliburton Co. that seeks to block a class-action lawsuit claiming the energy services company inflated its stock price...

Court: Broad protection for whistleblowers

Posted on March 05, 2014
The Supreme Court says whistleblower protections in a federal law passed in response to the Enron financial scandal apply broadly to employees of publicly traded companies and contractors hired by the companies. The justices ruled 6-3 Tuesday in favor of two former employees of companies that administer the Fidelity family of mutual funds...

High court climate case looks at EPA's power

Posted on February 28, 2014
Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn't, or won't, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases cast the rule as a power grab of historic proportions...

State high court assigns liability in liquor cases

Posted on February 28, 2014
California's high court has ruled that hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else. The state Supreme Court said in the unanimous ruling Monday that a cover charge amounts to a sale of alcohol, and state law creates liability for those who sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated minors...

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Arizona high court bars cuts to public pensions

Posted on February 24, 2014
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Legislature can't cut cost-of-living increases promised to judges and state elected officials. The court unanimously upheld a Superior Court judge's ruling in favor of retired judges who challenged the Legislature's 2011 decision to cut benefits increases for retirees in the state plan for judges and other elected officials...

Court: Spain can extradite Liberty Reserve founder

Posted on February 24, 2014
A Spanish court has ruled that a man accused of being behind one of the world?s biggest money laundering businesses can be extradited to the U.S. to face charges there. Arthur Budovsky, who founded currency transfer and payment processing company Liberty Reserves, can appeal the ruling, the National Court said late Friday...

Fight over gay marriage moving to federal courts

Posted on February 20, 2014
The overturning of Virginia?s gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama?s two election victories. It?s no accident that Virginia has become a key testing ground for federal judges? willingness to embrace same-sex marriage after last year?s strongly worded pro-gay rights ruling by the Supreme Court...

Supreme Court affirms pipeline value decision

Posted on February 20, 2014
The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday handed Alaska municipalities a victory in a dispute over the value of the trans-Alaska pipeline, affirming that the structure for 2006 should have been valued at nearly $10 billion, not the $850 million claimed by pipeline owners...

Jacksonville man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting

Posted on February 17, 2014
A 47-year-old software developer was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers after an argument over what he called their ?thug music,? but jurors couldn?t agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. After more than 30 hours of jury deliberations over four days, a mistrial was declared on the murder charge that Michael Dunn faced in the fatal shooting of one of the black teens...

Court revives transgender widow's legal fight

Posted on February 17, 2014
A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze. The 13th Texas Court of Appeals sent the case of Nikki Araguz back to the lower court, saying "there is a genuine issue of material fact regarding sex and whether the marriage was a same sex marriage...

Maine's high court to hear environmental dispute

Posted on February 13, 2014
Maine's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments in a legal dispute over the environmental cleanup of the former HoltraChem Manufacturing Co. plant in Orrington. The Portland Press Herald reports that the Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday on an appeal by Mallinckrodt LLC, a St...

CA Supreme Court justice to retire

Posted on February 13, 2014
The longest-serving current justice of the California Supreme Court announced Tuesday that she is retiring. Justice Joyce Kennard notified Gov. Jerry Brown that she intends to step down on April 5, ending her 24-year tenure as a member of the state's highest court...

Farmer pleads guilty in pot growing scheme

Posted on February 10, 2014
A Northern California farmer renowned nationally for his heirloom tomatoes has pleaded guilty to leasing out his greenhouses for growing marijuana. Sixty-four-year-old Thomas Jopson of Sutter County pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture at least 50 marijuana plants, three years after 2,168 marijuana plants were seized from the ranch of Thomas and David Jopson in Rio Oso...

Lawyers for Boston Marathon suspect due in court

Posted on February 10, 2014
Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be in court this week for the first time since U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev. A status conference is scheduled Wednesday in U...

Teens charged in death of Australian due in court

Posted on February 06, 2014
Three teenagers accused of fatally shooting an Australian baseball player as he jogged down an Oklahoma street, allegedly because they were bored, are expected in court Tuesday for a hearing that could reveal details about the case. Police allege that Chancey Allen Luna and James Francis Edwards Jr...

Case challenging gay-marriage ban heard in Va.

Posted on February 06, 2014
In a case that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the old Confederacy, a federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage should be struck down _ the position the state's newly elected Democratic attorney general has endorsed, angering many Republican lawmakers...

Not guilty plea in Oakland attack on 'agender' boy

Posted on February 03, 2014
A 16-year-old San Francisco Bay Area boy has pleaded not guilty to charges that he set a male teen's skirt on fire on a public bus. Richard Thomas is facing aggravated mayhem and assault charges with hate crime allegations in connection with the Nov...

7 now guilty in Pendleton contractor bribery case

Posted on February 03, 2014
Two civilian defense contractors have pleaded guilty in a San Diego federal court, bringing to nine the number of defendants who have admitted guilt in recent days to their involvement in a scheme involving bribes and kickbacks at Camp Pendleton and other federal facilities...

Supreme Court Rules Against Steelworkers' Claim

Posted on January 30, 2014
The Supreme Court says steelworkers do not have to be paid for time they spend putting on and taking off protective gear they wear on the job. The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers' claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment...

Teen charged in Mass. teacher killing due in court

Posted on January 30, 2014
A 15-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with killing his math teacher is returning to court Thursday for arraignment on a second rape charge. Philip Chism is charged in the October killing of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old teacher at Danvers High School...

Lawmakers push back against Washington high court

Posted on January 27, 2014
Washington state's highest court has exercised an unusual amount of power on education funding, and it's prompted some lawmakers to raise constitutional concerns. Before last year's legislative session, the court ruled that the state wasn't meeting its obligation to amply pay for basic education...

High court rules against steelworkers' claim

Posted on January 27, 2014
The Supreme Court says steelworkers do not have to be paid for time they spend putting on and taking off protective gear they wear on the job. The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers' claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment...

Court: Lawyers will be disbarred over child porn

Posted on January 24, 2014
Lawyers convicted of child pornography charges will automatically be disbarred and prohibited from practicing law in California, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Deciding the fate of an Orange County lawyer whose license was suspended after he pleaded guilty to having child porn at his home, the court said that keeping sexual images of children constitutes an act of moral turpitude that makes an attorney unfit for the legal profession...

2 killed in attack at German court

Posted on January 24, 2014
Two men were killed Friday in a shooting and stabbing at a court complex in Frankfurt in what may have been a revenge attack, authorities said. Frankfurt prosecutors said the case appeared to be linked to the fatal stabbing of a car dealer near Frankfurt in 2007, which the court was considering this week, news agency dpa reported...

Court: Bloggers have First Amendment protections

Posted on January 20, 2014
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in a defamation lawsuit brought by an Oregon bankruptcy trustee against a Montana blogger who wrote online that the court-appointed trustee criminally mishandled a bankruptcy case...

Texas Supreme Court limits insurance exclusions

Posted on January 20, 2014
The Texas Supreme Court issued a key ruling Friday that should boost consumer confidence in the liability insurance coverage that builders and general contractors carry. Writing for the court, Justice Phil Johnson denied an insurance company's attempt to avoid paying a claim based on language found in most commercial general liability insurance policies...

Court: Feds can target California pot clinics

Posted on January 16, 2014
An appeals court Wednesday affirmed the federal government's long-standing policy that California medical marijuana dispensaries have no protection under state law from drug prosecutions. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that three California dispensaries, their customers and their landlords are barred from using a state law allowing marijuana use with a doctor's recommendation as a shield from criminal charges and government lawsuits...

High court rejects Ohio killer's last-minute plea

Posted on January 16, 2014
The state made preparations on Wednesday to use a never-tried lethal drug combination to put a man to death for the slaying of a pregnant woman that went unsolved until he inadvertently helped authorities, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the execution...

Court weighs president's recess appointments power

Posted on January 13, 2014
The Supreme Court is refereeing a politically charged dispute between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over the president's power to temporarily fill high-level positions. The case being argued at the high court Monday is the first in the nation's history to consider the meaning of the provision of the Constitution that allows the president to make temporary appointments to positions that otherwise require Senate confirmation, but only when the Senate is in recess...

Odds against Alex Rodriguez in federal court

Posted on January 13, 2014
The odds are against Alex Rodriguez in federal court as he tries to overturn his season-long drug suspension. For the past five decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has set narrow grounds for judges to consider when evaluating lawsuits to overturn arbitration decisions...

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