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Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform

Neal Katyal, who as acting US Solicitor General defended the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s flagship health reform in lower courts, has warned in an interview with AFP of “grave” and “profound” consequences if the Supreme Court accepts a challenge to the law. Q:) Experts say that this Supreme Court…

Supreme Court rules biotech company cannot patent ‘laws of nature’

Biotechnology industry officials are warning that a US Supreme Court ruling on patent rights this week could have a chilling effect on the development of personalized medicine. The Supreme Court rejected two patents covering medical tests for monitoring patients’ blood, saying they are too similar to natural phenomena to receive…

Supreme Court says states can’t be sued for violating sick-leave law

Women’s groups warned that the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday had severely undermined the Family and Medical Leave Act for state workers. “By the narrowest of margins, the Court ruled that millions of state workers all across this country will have no meaningful recourse if their employers deny them medical…

Supreme Court denies Christian group’s lawsuit over campus recognition

The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would not hear an appeal brought by Christian student groups against San Diego State University because of its non-discrimination policy. The announcement lets stand a ruling last August by the U.S. Court of Appeals to the Ninth Circuit, which held (PDF) that…

Supreme Court won’t allow cameras during health debate

The US Supreme Court will not allow cameras from for oral arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul but will release audio recordings and written transcripts. The court announced Friday it would follow tradition in prohibitingvideo coverage of its proceedings, opting instead to release daily audio and written transcripts immediately after arguments, scheduled for March 26-28.…

Backed by more than 100 former attorneys general, ex-Alabama governor asks Supreme Court for review

More than 100 former state attorneys general revealed on Thursday that they support the latest appeal by former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D), who’s petitioning the Supreme Court to reconsider the corruption charges that sent him to jail in 2006. Siegelman, one of the nation’s most famous political prisoners, was…

Massachusetts activists push to end corporate political spending

A coalition of lawmakers, advocates and activists rallied at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Tuesday to support a resolution that calls on Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The People’s Rights Resolution was introduced to the Massachusetts legislature by state Sen. Jamie…

2nd New York state judge upholds fracking ban in towns

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – A New York state judge on Friday upheld an upstate community’s ban on gas drilling, marking the second victory this week for opponents of the drilling method known as fracking. The authority vested in towns and cities in New York to regulate use of their…

Supreme Court to decide if corporations can be sued for human rights abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will weigh next week whether corporations can be sued in the United States for suspected complicity in human rights abuses abroad, in a case being closely watched by businesses concerned about long and costly litigation. The high court on Tuesday will consider the reach…

Legalization of gay sex challenged in India court

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday began hearing more than a dozen petitions filed to overturn a 2009 ruling that decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults. Homosexuality was ruled lawful three years ago by a Delhi High Court order that declared the colonial-era ban was unconstitutional, in a…

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