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Pfizer Petition for Certiorari Denied by U.S. Supreme Court In Trovan Nigerian Clinical Trial Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29 rejected Pfizer Inc.'s petition for a writ of certiorari involving the claims of Nigerians allegedly injured during a 1996 Trovan clinical trial in their country, allowing the claims to go to trial in the United States ( Pfizer Inc...

Historic Moment: 3 Women to Serve Together on Supreme Court as Senate Confirms Elena Kagan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate voted 63-37 today to confirm Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Five Republicans, the two Senate independents and all but one Democrat supported President Barack Obama's second appointment to the high court in a year...

TCPA Does Not Deprive Federal Courts Of Jurisdiction, Supreme Court Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991's (TCPA) "permissive grant of jurisdiction to state courts" does not deprive federal district courts of federal question jurisdiction over private TCPA lawsuits, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 18 ( Marcus D. Mims...

High Court Declines To Consider Constitutionality Of Damages In File-Sharing Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 21 rejected a petition for certiorari by a Massachusetts man who was found liable for copyright infringement related to his sharing of 30 songs on peer-to-peer (P2P) websites, making no comment on the petitioner's argument that the U...

State Net Capitol Journal: Presidential Race Bound for Another Bush v. Gore?

This year's presidential election could very well end much like that of 2000, with its controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling on "hanging chads." Over the past few weeks, nearly a dozen decisions have been handed down by state and federal courts concerning state laws on early voting, provisional...

Fulbright Team Files Amici Curiae Briefs on Behalf of Over 60 Public Interest Organizations in DOMA and Proposition 8 Cases

On February 28, 2013, Fulbright filed amici curiae briefs on behalf of over 60 public interest organizations with the U.S. Supreme Court as part of the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases. The briefs urge the Court to apply heightened scrutiny under the Equal Protection clause to classifications...

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Ruinous Forestry Ruling

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience in environmental and forestry issues on March 20 celebrated a near-unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States reversing a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court...

High Court: Ban On Benefits For Same-Sex Married Couples Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a 5-to-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife for purposes of all federal statutes...

Supreme Court Finds No Standing To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Proponents of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage did not have standing to appeal a ruling finding the ballot initiative unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 26 in a 5-4 ruling ( Dennis Hollingsworth, et al. v. Kristin M. Perry, et...

State Net Capitol Journal: Former Preclearance States Moving Ahead With Voting Law Changes

Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month freeing states with a history of voter discrimination from having to obtain federal approval before making any changes to their voting laws, Texas officials announced they would begin enforcing a strict photo ID requirement for voters, which...

State Net Capitol Journal: What Supreme Court Decisions Could Mean For the States

By Lou Cannon The Supreme Court's momentous rulings last month on three issues shook up the country and the states. The court gave conservatives a victory on voting rights while moving the country in a liberal direction on marriage equality. Disappointing both sides, the court also kept affirmative...

State Net Capitol Journal: Justice Department Sues To Block N.C. Voter ID Law

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last month to block North Carolina's new voter ID law, which some critics have called the most sweeping of its kind. The law was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in August, just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the...