Supreme Court News

S.C. Supreme Says Law Voids ‘Step-Down’ Provisions in Auto Policies

A South Carolina Supreme Court opinion published Thursday nullifies auto insurance policy provisions that “step down” the maximum payout in instances where the insured was committing a felony or attempting to flee a law enforcement officer. The 3-2 decision provides …

Johnson & Johnson Asks High Court to Void $2 Billion Talc Verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is asking for Supreme Court review of a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claim they developed ovarian cancer from using the company’s talc products. The case features an array of high-profile …

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wrestlers’ Brain Damage Cases

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeals of several former pro wrestlers who claimed in lawsuits that World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term …

Supreme Court Takes Up Energy Companies’ Appeal Over Baltimore Climate Suit

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by energy companies including BP PLC, Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell PLC contesting a lawsuit by the city of Baltimore seeking damages for …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals Over Police ‘Qualified Immunity’

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a new test of “qualified immunity,” rejecting several appeals that challenged the legal doctrine that has become a broad liability shield for police officers accused of civil rights violations. Qualified immunity has …

Supreme Court Rules Gay, Transgender Employees Protected From Bias

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights, ruling that a landmark federal law forbidding workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees. The 6-3 ruling represented the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United …

Idaho Supreme Court Sides with Family of Worker Killed

The Idaho Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling allowing the family of a Caldwell worker who died on the job to sue the employer for wrongful death. Generally workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy for employees who are killed …

Supreme Court Rejects Arizona Opioid Case Against Purdue, Sackler Family

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a novel case by Arizona seeking to recover billions of dollars that the state has said that members of the Sackler family — owners of Purdue Pharma LP — funneled out of …

Supreme Court Rejects Latest Tobacco Industry Appeal of Smokers’ Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away the tobacco industry’s effort to derail lawsuits by thousands of Florida smokers, leaving cigarette makers exposed to potentially billions of dollars in liability. The justices on Monday rejected appeals by units of Altria Group …

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Bill Cosby Accuser’s Defamation Claim

The Supreme Court is declining to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby that was filed by a woman who says he raped her and later spread lies about her when she came forward. The high court on Tuesday rejected …