July 18, 2014
SUPREME Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's polemic against the court's conservative majority decision in the Wheaton College case is as much a cry of frustration as it is a dissent. She criticizes the justices in a way the public seldom sees, saying in a blistering dissent, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan: "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today. " The Wheaton ruling, issued July 3, said the Christian liberal-arts college in Illinois doesn't have to use federal Form 700 to meet the requirements for a religious exemption from providing contraceptive coverage.
June 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court decided Monday to make it harder for Americans to sue businesses for retaliation and discrimination, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court's actions. The court's conservatives, in two 5-4 decisions, ruled that a person must be able to hire and fire someone to be considered a supervisor in discrimination lawsuits, making it harder to blame a business for a coworker's racism or sexism. The court then decided to limit how juries can decide retaliation lawsuits, saying victims must prove employers would not have taken action against them but for their intention to retaliate.
March 28, 2013 |
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Comcast Corp. in a class-action lawsuit involving Philadelphia cable-TV customers who claimed they'd been harmed by the company's anti-competitive business practices. The decision overturned a decision by the Philadelphia federal courts to certify about two million Comcast cable-TV customers as a class to sue the cable company for $875 million in damages. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion. He was joined by Justices John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
August 31, 2012
HERE'S CLOUT'S A-to-Z guide to the Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday in Charlotte, N.C. * A is for Americans for Prosperity - The nonprofit linked to billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch pulled its ads attacking President Obama from Pennsylvania this week. Will the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling allowing unlimited fundraising for these types of ads move the needle against Obama in 2012? * B is for Bump - Mitt Romney will be looking for the traditional bump in polling numbers coming out of the Republican National Convention this week.
August 9, 2012 |
DENVER - Seeking to rally a crucial constituency, President Obama on Wednesday warned women in swing-state Colorado that Republicans would seek to strip away health-care benefits for them and cut funding for contraceptive services. In a pitch for his health-care overhaul, Obama sought to draw a contrast with Mitt Romney, saying his rival intended to take his health-care law and "kill it dead" on the first day of his presidency and "get rid" of Planned Parenthood. "They want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century," Obama said.
July 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined with the court's liberal justices to uphold President Obama's health-care law, it was historic in more ways than one: It was only the second time in his seven years on the court that he provided the winning vote for the left to prevail over the conservative justices. That statistic alone should be enough to cool hopeful chatter from some liberal political commentators that perhaps Roberts is showing signs of becoming the next David Souter.
June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about receiving the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards, with justices branding the false claim "contemptible" but nonetheless protected by the First Amendment. The court voted 6-3 in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who falsely said he was a decorated war veteran and had pleaded guilty to violating the 2006 law, known as the Stolen Valor Act. The law, enacted amid U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was aimed at people making phony claims of heroism in battle.
March 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Here's a thought that can't comfort President Obama: The fate of his health-care overhaul rests with five Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices. If they stand together, his most sweeping domestic achievement could be struck down. But the good news for Obama is that he probably needs only one of the five to side with him to win approval of the law's crucial centerpiece, the requirement that almost everyone in this country has insurance or pays a penalty.
November 15, 2011
By Arlen Specter Several Republican presidential candidates have vowed to rein in the Supreme Court and the rest of the federal judiciary if elected, presenting the latest in a series of such challenges from both the left and the right. Justice Antonin Scalia was chastised for speaking to the House Tea Party Caucus, and both he and Justice Clarence Thomas were criticized for associating with wealthy conservatives such as the Koch brothers, who stand to benefit from the court's decision to allow corporate campaign contributions.
June 22, 2011
By Walter Olson In the run-up to the Supreme Court's opinion this week in Wal-Mart v. Dukes , the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals had given the go-ahead to a lawsuit on behalf of a vast number of female Wal-Mart employees, each of whom had supposedly suffered harm as a result of the giant retailer's way of doing business. In the minds of some advocates, the only question remaining was whether the Supreme Court would stand in the way of justice. Prejudging Wal-Mart's guilt without so much as a trial, the left-leaning Alliance for Justice asked: "Will the Supreme Court Protect Wal-Mart's Discrimination Against Women?"