U.S. Supreme Court News

Money for nothing: SCOTUS could stop class action funds from being steered to non-parties

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 1, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that could end cy pres, the practice of steering money in class action settlements to organizations with absolutely no connection to the underlying lawsuit.

No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

California employers at reduced risk for labor litigation following Supreme Court decision, litigators say

By Karen Kidd | May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – California employers now have a lower risk of ending up in court fighting Federal Arbitration Act and National Labor Relations Act lawsuits following a split U.S. Supreme Court decision in a major arbitration case earlier this month, two California litigators said in recent interviews.

Nonpartisan groups petition U.S. Supreme Court in California's foie gras fight

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Ilya Shapiro hopes the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear foie gras producers and sellers' challenge to California's ban on the product in the name of freedom.

Assessment of California regulations needed, says business development exec

By John Breslin | Feb 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO - If there is one person who knows the business of doing business in California and its relationship with state neighbors and rivals, it is Barry Broome.

Climate lawyers hope 'public nuisance' strategy reverses years of failure

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - First they tried suing the utility companies. Then they tried suing the automakers. They even tried suing oil companies on behalf of an Alaskan village in danger of being inundated by oil-fueled rising sea levels.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 13, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Outcome of Apple-Samsung trial could affect patent value, experts say

By John Breslin | Jan 16, 2018

Experts believe the ultimate resolution of a long-running head-to-head between Samsung and Apple over the design of their phones could have deep implications for the value of patents.

State Sen. Moorlach views SB33 bill as job killer

By Angela Underwood | Sep 11, 2017

California Sen. John Moorlach said SB33 bill is looked at as a job killer, "like trial attorneys [that] push to try and avoid class action lawsuits."

Attorney plans to file petition to U.S. Supreme Court in MLB antitrust suit

By Zachary Lewis | Jul 11, 2017

After a federal court dismissed appeal filed by former minor league players in an antitrust suit, their counsel is planning to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

California judge, civil rights advocates encourage courts to protect liberties

By Melissa Busch | Apr 7, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of the U.S. Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch as the 113th member of the U.S. Supreme Court, a California judge and civil rights advocates have called on state courts to do their parts to protect individual rights.

SCOTUS to hear appeal on Plavix case

By John Severance | Mar 14, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — On the day before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal concerning jurisdiction involving Bristol Myers Squibb and its blood-thinning medication Plavix.

Missouri AG takes states' fight against California egg law to US Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | Mar 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — A California law designed to improve the living conditions of hens has drawn opposition from Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has taken his challenge of the law’s egg-sale restrictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friedrichs 2.0: New lawsuit by 8 teachers challenges mandatory dues paid to California union

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 18, 2017

BURLINGAME, Calif. — The Center for Individual Rights has filed suit on behalf of eight California teachers challenging the school district’s practice of making union membership and ascribed dues mandatory.

Supreme Court takes nonresident jurisdiction case

By Christopher Knoll | Feb 3, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to take up the arguments put forth in the appealed Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, a case that involves establishing the limits of personal jurisdiction over nonresident parties cited in a mass class-action lawsuit.

US Supreme Court to review $4M in damages awarded in police shooting

By Rebecca Campbell | Jan 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A Lancaster, California, couple that was awarded $4 million in damages for a California police shooting three years ago could have its award reversed after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider overturning it.

Supreme Court rules for Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

By Tabitha Fleming | Jan 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samsung on Dec. 6, in what is being heralded as a major victory in the patent controversy with rival tech giant Apple.

Supreme Court to determine pension laws for religious-affiliated hospitals

By JoAnn Seltzer | Dec 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court will determine if hospitals with a church affiliation qualify for a church pension plan or if they must follow federal laws for pension benefits, a decision that would have a grave financial impact on hospitals.

Prop 64 affecting court sentences, lawyer says

By John Myers | Dec 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the state of California, but the new laws are taking effect under a haze of confusion.

Indian Child Welfare Act could come under scrutiny of Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | Dec 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case related to the removal of a 1/64 Native American girl from her potential adoptive family in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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