Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Vaccine Preemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The extent to which tort claims for alleged vaccine injury are permitted by legislation that created a federal compensation system was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 12 ( Russell Bruesewitz, et al. v. Wyeth, Inc., et al. , No. 09-152 U.S. Sup.). David...

High Court: No Prior Notice Required Before Credit Card Rates Were Raised

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 24 unanimously ruled that a credit card holder was not entitled to prior notice before his card issuer raised his annual percentage rate (APR) because it was not required to give notice under federal law ( Chase Bank USA, N.A. v....

Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Endorsing a "clear and convincing" standard for proving patent invalidity, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 9 sided with a patent holding firm in its longstanding dispute with defendant Microsoft Corp. ( Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership et al. , No...

Justice Kennedy Again A Dominant Figure On Roberts Supreme Court

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Supreme Court released 82 rulings in its 2010-2011 term ending in June, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy once again the dominant figure on the court, making the majority in 14 of the 16 cases that were decided by a 5-4 vote, according to veteran Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston...

A 'Positive Trend' For The Supreme Court: Its 3 Female Members

Kagan PHILADELPHIA - Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston said he sees a "positive trend" when he analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.: the presence of three women for the first time. Speaking at a July 6 Supreme Court Term in Review luncheon program...

Epstein Becker & Green: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Asbestos Claim Preempted

Guest Blogger Nicolas S. Allison is an Associate in Epstein Becker & Green's Asbestos Group in New York. A graduate of Princeton University and Boston University Law School, in addition to his mass tort asbestos work, Nick also represents firm clients in a wide variety of industries, including...

Supreme Court Says Hospital Merger Not Immune From Antitrust Scrutiny

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 19 ruled that the state-action doctrine does not immunize the merger between two Georgia hospitals from the Federal Trade Commission's challenge that the transaction substantially lessened competition in the market for hospital services...

Supreme Court Hears Patent Exhaustion, Soybean Seed Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) If allowed to stand, a 2011 Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling will threaten farmers by prioritizing "patent rights over personal property rights," something "that's never been done in 150 years,"an attorney for one such farmer told...

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Gene Patent Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on April 15 appeared skeptical of claims that native DNA is patentable during oral arguments in a case closely watched by the medical community and biotech industry ( The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics Inc. , No...