Author Archives: Greg Stohr

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The Supreme Court Gets Its First Test of Gay Rights Since 2015

The Supreme Court Gets Its First Test of Gay Rights Since 2015

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Businessweek When the U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes on Oct. 2, it will begin a term full of potential blockbuster cases. Disputes over partisan gerrymandering, cell phone privacy, and Donald Trump’s travel ban are already on the docket. Showdowns over public-sector union fees, antigay job discrimination, and voter-ID laws might be close

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Business of Litigation Finance (Audio)

Managing Director at Burford Capital, Travis Lenkner, discusses a less public side of litigation, the business of investing in a law firm’s cases. He speaks on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.” Subscribe to the Big Law Business podcast on iTunes. Want to receive more stories like this in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to our daily newsletter!   http://traffic.bloomberg.fm/BLM5311092112.mp3  

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court smile during their formal group photograph. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Supreme Court Lacks Transparency Says Leader of SCOTUS Accountability Org (Audio)

The Executive Director of Fix the Court, Gabe Roth discusses Supreme Court transparency and the Court’s move to digital filing for the beginning of the fall 2017 term. He speaks on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.” Subscribe to the Big Law Business podcast on iTunes. Want to receive more stories like this in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to our

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pose during their formal group photograph in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Seated left to right; Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Standing left to right; Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The Senates confirmation of Gorsuch in April restored the generally conservative majority that existed before Justice Antonin Scalias death last year. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Top Court Largely Revives Trump Travel Ban, Will Hear Appeal

 The U.S. Supreme Court cleared much of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect this week and agreed to hear arguments in the fall, giving the president at least partial vindication for his claims of sweeping power over the nation’s borders. Trump called the decision a “clear victory for our national security.” The ban

The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron --who have long sought compensation for pollution between the 1970s and early 1990s-- Steven Donziger, gestures during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. Earlier this month, a US judge upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. Donziger announced they will appeal against this decision. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA  / Getty Images

Chevron Shielded From $9 Billion Verdict as Court Rejects Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a ruling that protects Chevron Corp. from having to pay $8.6 billion in a decades-long battle over oil pollution in Ecuador, rebuffing an American lawyer who was found to have committed fraud in the South American country’s court. The attorney, Steven Donziger, said a federal appeals court had exceeded

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pose during their formal group photograph in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Seated left to right; Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Standing left to right; Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The Senates confirmation of Gorsuch in April restored the generally conservative majority that existed before Justice Antonin Scalias death last year. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Trump Visits Supreme Court as Travel Ban Decision Looms 

President Donald Trump paid his first official visit to the U.S. Supreme Court, just as the justices are considering what to do with his embattled travel ban. Trump and his wife Melania on Thursday attended a formal investiture ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom the president nominated to fill a high court vacancy. Trump’s visit

An attendee takes photographs following the Microsoft Corp. Xbox One X reveal event ahead of the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Microsoft announced a worldwide release date of Nov. 7 for what the company said will be its smallest and most powerful video-game console ever, the Xbox One X. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Microsoft Wins Xbox Class-Action Fight at U.S. Supreme Court

Companies won a new procedural tool in class-action litigation as the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Microsoft Corp. in a lawsuit centering on its Xbox consoles. The justices unanimously said the consumers who sued Microsoft didn’t have a right to immediately appeal after a trial judge rejected their bid to press the case as a

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SEC Power to Recoup Illegal Profits Curbed by Top U.S. Court

The U.S. Supreme Court put sharp new limits on a favorite tool used by securities regulators to recoup money from people found to have violated federal laws. The justices unanimously said the Securities and Exchange Commission is bound by a five-year statute of limitations when it seeks “disgorgement,” or the return of illegal profits. Lower

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U.S. Supreme Court Puts New Curbs on Locations of Patent Suits

By Greg Stohr and Susan Decker, Bloomberg News The U.S. Supreme Court put sharp new limits on where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed, undercutting patent owners’ ability to channel cases to favorable courts. The justices on Monday unanimously ruled in favor of TC Heartland LLC, an Indiana-based maker of water flavorings that said a Kraft

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U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Revive North Carolina Voter-ID Law 

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News The U.S. Supreme Court dealt an unexpected setback to the voter-identification movement, refusing to reinstate North Carolina ballot restrictions that a lower court said target blacks “with almost surgical precision.” Turning away the appeal pressed by state Republican leaders, the justices left intact a ruling that said the provisions were

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