Supreme Court

High court considers legality of labor board attorney’s appointment

This Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court will consider whether a former top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board served in violation of a federal law governing temporary appointments. The justices agreed Monday to review a lower court ruling that said ...

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Justices rule against VA in disabled vets contract dispute

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to comply with a law aimed at increasing the number of federal contracts awarded to small businesses owned by disabled veterans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The justices sided with Kingdomware Technologies ...

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Supreme Court eases way for larger patent damage awards

This Feb. 17, 2016, file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The U.S. Supreme Court eased the way for larger damage awards when a company intentionally copies a patented invention. Voting unanimously, the justices said Monday that a key federal appeals court had placed overly rigid limits on the ability of ...

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Supreme Court says Maryland inmate’s lawsuit must wait

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, shown in a file photo, wrote the opinion for the unanimous court.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Maryland has prevailed at the Supreme Court in the state’s bid to postpone, pending the completion of administrative review, a prisoner’s federal lawsuit alleging a guard roughed him up in a Baltimore jail.

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U.S. solicitor general to resign

The man who won the Obama administration’s biggest legal battles, including fights over health care and gay marriage, is stepping down. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli will leave his post after a five-year tenure as President Barack Obama’s voice at ...

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Landowners win at Supreme Court on wetlands development

The U.S. Supreme Court gave landowners a new avenue to challenge some federal regulatory decisions affecting their property rights, in a case that three conservative justices said raised troubling questions about government overreach. The 8-0 ruling said landowners can go ...

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Supreme Court upends all-white jury verdict, death sentence

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death ...

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High court ruling helps federal workers file job bias claims

WASHINGTON –€” The Supreme Court is making it easier for federal workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits after quitting their jobs over conditions they consider intolerable. The justices ruled 7-1 Monday that workers who bring so-called “constructive discharge” claims have ...

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Sotomayor to R.I. graduates: Learn from your mistakes

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the University of Rhode Island commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 22, 2016, in South Kingstown, R.I.  (Glenn Osmundson/The Providence Journal via AP)

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has advised the class of 2016 at the University of Rhode Island to hold onto the memories they’ve created and learn from their mistakes. Sotomayor spoke at the Sunday commencement ...

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