Supreme Court Upholds Corporations’ Right To Unlimited Campaign Spending

Supreme Court Upholds Corporations’ Right To Unlimited Campaign Spending

It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee case and declared that limiting corporate spending on political campaigns is a violation of businesses’ right to free expression. Today, the Supremes affirmed that controversial decision by striking down a 100-year-old Montana law that capped spending on state-level elections. [More]

Supreme Court Says FCC’s Indecency Policy Could Use A *#@ing Revision

Supreme Court Says FCC’s Indecency Policy Could Use A *#@ing Revision

While the Supreme Court has previously sided with the Federal Communications Commission over its decision to ramp up its enforcement of indecency rules, today it ruled that the FCC screwed up when it decided to start slapping mammoth fines on broadcasters without warning. [More]

Turns Out That Forcing Customers Into Arbitration Is Not Good For Consumers

Turns Out That Forcing Customers Into Arbitration Is Not Good For Consumers

A year ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion case. It decided that a company could force customers into arbitration — and effectively pre-empt any class-action lawsuits — by including a tiny clause in their contracts. At the time, AT&T had the gall to claim that this was all for the benefit of you, the consumer, but a new study proves what you probably already guessed: AT&T was full of it. [More]

Supreme Court Decides At Least Some NYC Apartments Will Remain Affordable

Supreme Court Decides At Least Some NYC Apartments Will Remain Affordable

For more than 40 years, finding a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City has been like winning the lottery. Earlier this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court shot down a challenge to the rent-stabilization regulations, meaning at least a million city residents will continue to pay rent that is only a fraction of what their neighbors pay [More]

Health Care Reform Makes Its Supreme Court Debut Today

Health Care Reform Makes Its Supreme Court Debut Today

When the president signed the Affordable Care Act into law, it was pretty clear that the legislation would ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. And now, two years later, the Supremes will be hearing its first arguments on the matter. [More]

Supreme Court Limits EPA's Ability To Enforce Clean Water Act

Supreme Court Limits EPA's Ability To Enforce Clean Water Act

Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a case that has been a hot-button topic for both environmentalists and advocates for the rights of land owners. In the end, the Supremes came down on the side of landowners, allowing them to take legal steps to void Environmental Protection Agency compliance orders. [More]

Supreme Court Sets Late March Dates To Hear Health Care Reform Arguments

Supreme Court Sets Late March Dates To Hear Health Care Reform Arguments

The countdown clock is on for health care reform. This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it has set aside three dates in late March to hear arguments surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. [More]

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Health Care Reform Case

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Health Care Reform Case

We all knew this was going to happen; it was just a matter of when. Today, the Supreme Court announced it would hear the appeals in the case to strike down — at least in part — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. [More]

DOJ Petitions Supreme Court To Review Health Care Challenge

DOJ Petitions Supreme Court To Review Health Care Challenge

It was inevitable that it would come to this; it was just a matter of which side would make the request first. Yesterday, the Dept. of Justice filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the nine robed ones to review the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. [More]

Supreme Court Does Something That Makes Sense, Strikes Down Law Banning Sale Of Violent Games To Kids

Supreme Court Does Something That Makes Sense, Strikes Down Law Banning Sale Of Violent Games To Kids

So far this session, the Supreme Court has basically guaranteed a future filled with mandatory binding arbitration, said it’s completely cool for drug companies to data mine prescription records and blocked a mammoth class-action suit against Walmart. So they were due to do something that made sense. [More]

Supreme Court: Data Mining Of Prescription Drug Records Is Free Speech

Supreme Court: Data Mining Of Prescription Drug Records Is Free Speech

In 2007, the state of Vermont passed a law forbidding the data mining of prescription drug records (i.e., which drugs are being prescribed and how frequently) for marketing purposes. But earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled that the Vermont law interferes with drug makers’ right to free speech. [More]

AT&T: Mandatory Binding Arbitration Actually Benefits The Consumer

AT&T: Mandatory Binding Arbitration Actually Benefits The Consumer

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled that it’s okay for companies to effectively preempt class-action lawsuits by putting mandatory binding arbitration clauses into their contracts with consumers. To most of us, that looks like a slap in the face to the American consumer, but the folks at AT&T want us all to know that the Supreme Court decision is actually going to benefit us all. [More]

Supreme Court Rules That Companies Can Block Customers' Class-Action Suits

Supreme Court Rules That Companies Can Block Customers' Class-Action Suits

In a huge blow to peeved consumers, the Supreme Court ruled earlier today that companies can block customers from joining together in a class-action suit by forcing each complaint into arbitration.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Health Care Law Arguments Until Lower Courts Have Had Their Chance

Supreme Court Won't Hear Health Care Law Arguments Until Lower Courts Have Had Their Chance

Earlier this year, those fighting the Constitutionality of the national healthcare reform legislation asked for permission to skip the appeals process and bring their arguments straight to the Supreme Court. Earlier today, the Supremes denied that request. [More]

Supreme Court Hears Walmart Sex Discrimination Suit Today

Supreme Court Hears Walmart Sex Discrimination Suit Today

Walmart is quite competitive this week, not only vying to move on in the Worst Company in America Sweet 16, but battling female employees in a sex discrimination court today in a case before the Supreme Court. [More]

Supreme Court Action Will Net Eminem Millions In Music Downloads Case

Supreme Court Action Will Net Eminem Millions In Music Downloads Case

Whether the arena be the Grammys, Oscars or freestyle rap battles, you don’t want to face Eminem as an opponent. That’s a lesson Universal Music Group learned when it took on the rapper in the Supreme Court, which refused to hear its appeal in a lawsuit over downloadable music. The court’s refusal to hear the case, reports the Detroit Free Press, probably means Eminem won between $40 million and $50 million from the publisher. [More]

Supreme Court Tells Parents They Can't Sue Vaccine Makers Over Harm To Children

Supreme Court Tells Parents They Can't Sue Vaccine Makers Over Harm To Children

A Supreme Court ruling protects vaccine makers from lawsuits filed by parents who believe vaccines have hurt their children. [More]

Guess What? Letting Corps. Make Anonymous Unfettered Political Donations Quadrupled Contributions!

Guess What? Letting Corps. Make Anonymous Unfettered Political Donations Quadrupled Contributions!

A year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could not be banned from political spending during elections through either independent expenditures from corporations’ general funds or “electioneering communications,” i.e. political ads. Detractors cried out that it would let loose a flood of corporate cash into elections, and they were right. A new Public Citizen report shows that outside groups quadrupled their contributions during the last mid-term election from the previous, and we will never know exactly where a good deal of the money came from. [More]