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Supreme Court rules that companies can block class-action lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed businesses such as AT&T Inc a major victory by upholding the use of arbitration for customer disputes rather than allowing claims to be brought together as a group. By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that an AT&T unit…

Sundance film shows corporate influence on justice

PARK CITY, Utah — A former lawyer has thrown a spotlight on the cash-fueled influence which big business has on America’s judicial system, in a revealing film unveiled at the Sundance film festival. “Hot Coffee” is named after the infamous case where fast-food giant McDonalds was forced to pay 2.8…