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Supreme Court will review $290 million patent verdict

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to referee a $290 million dispute between Microsoft Corp. and a Canadian technology company over complaints that a tool used in the popular Microsoft Word program violated patent protections. The high court on ...

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Supreme Court to review campaign finance law

WASHINGTON — Less than a year after removing most limits on election spending by corporations and organized labor, the Supreme Court is signaling trouble for another campaign law that aims to curtail the political power of big money. The court ...

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Justices take CSX case on causation standard

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether plaintiffs alleging negligence under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act must prove proximate causation. The case stems from hand injuries suffered by a railroad engineer when he used the railroad brake during switching ...

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2 of 3 judges in Proposition 8 case appointed by Democrats

SAN FRANCISCO — A liberal jurist is among three judges randomly selected by a federal appeals court to decide if a lower court improperly struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced Monday that ...

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Changes in two federal rules expected

Beginning Wednesday, attorneys who practice in federal court will have greater work-product protection for draft reports generated by their expert witnesses under forthcoming changes to civil procedure rules. These lawyers also expect to face changes to information they must include ...

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Justice Thomas’ wife may play less public role

WASHINGTON — The conservative advocacy group Liberty Central is in merger talks with like-minded organizations, a potential change that could reduce the public role of Virginia Thomas, Liberty Central’s founder and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Sarah ...

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Justice Breyer: High court must adapt to Facebook world

NASHVILLE — Don’t expect a Facebook friend request from Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer any time soon. The 72-year-old justice said in a speech at Vanderbilt Law School on Tuesday that he was perplexed when he recently saw the film ...

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Justices OK longer prison term in gun, drug crimes

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has upheld longer prison sentences for people convicted of carrying or using a gun while committing drug trafficking crimes. The court voted 8-0 Monday to affirm lower court rulings involving defendants who had five years tacked ...

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Justices weigh challenge to gender differences in immigration law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with issues of gender bias, judicial remedies and Congress’ power in an Equal Protection challenge to a law that makes it easier for a child of unmarried parents to obtain citizenship if ...

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Two more suits challenge Defense of Marriage Act

NEW YORK — Gay civil rights groups trying to build momentum for a possible Supreme Court showdown filed two lawsuits Tuesday that seek to strike down portions of a 1996 law that denies married gay couples federal benefits. The lawsuits ...

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