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High court to consider lawsuits over personal data

The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether Web sites and other firms that collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if the mistakes don't cause any actual harm. The case is being watched closely by Google, Facebook and other Internet companies concerned that class-action lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act could expose them to billions of dollars in damages. The justices will hear an appeal from Spokeo.com, an Internet search engine that compiles publicly available data on people and lets subscribers view the information, including address, age, marital status and economic health.

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Supreme Court clears way for $15M lawsuit against Baltimore Police

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for a man to pursue a $15 million lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and three of its officers, alleging that their unconstitutional withholding of exculpatory evidence from his 1988 trial led to him serving 20 years in prison for murder before DNA tests helped bring his freedom.

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Can government squeeze raisin growers? Justices have doubts

A post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government could soon be a relic of history. Several Supreme Court justices expressed doubts Wednesday that federal officials can legally take raisins away from farmers without full payment even if the goal is to help boost overall market prices. Two California farmers claim the program is prohibited by the Constitution, which forbids the taking of private property without "just compensation."

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Justices: Police can’t extend traffic stop to await drug dog

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that police may not extend an ordinary traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted officers to pull a vehicle over. The justices voted 6-3 in favor of a driver who was found to have methamphetamine in his car. Dennys Rodriguez was issued a warning for driving on the shoulder of a Nebraska highway and then made to wait less than 10 minutes for officers to walk a drug-sniffing dog around the car. The dog alerted and a search of the vehicle turned up the drugs.

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Supreme Court orders review of N.C. redistricting

(AP) The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers. The justices ordered the state Supreme Court to consider anew whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census. The high court issued a similar ruling last month involving a complaint from black Alabama Democrats that the Republican-dominated legislature illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts, and it judges in North Carolina must revisit their ruling in light of the Alabama decision. The case is Dickson v. Rucho, 14-839.

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