U.S. Supreme Court News

Supreme Court Declines to Consider Medical Diagnostic Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed out of the debate over what types of medical diagnostic tests can be patented, leaving in legal limbo companies that discover ways to diagnose and treat diseases based on patients’ unique characteristics. The justices rejected …

Blackbeard’s Ship Embarks for Supreme Court in Video Piracy Case

WASHINGTON — The nine black-robed justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will soon navigate the treacherous legal waters around a sailing ship made famous in the 18th century by the notorious English pirate known as Blackbeard. The court on Monday …

Supreme Court: Manufacturers Must Warn of Asbestos in Parts Added by Others

Manufacturers have a duty to warn about potential dangers of parts with asbestos that were later added onto their products by third parties, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling, in a case involving sailors diagnosed with cancer, says …

Class Actions Targeted in Federal Supreme Court’s Business Docket

Big business is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to curb class action litigation in a series of cases that dominate the nine justices’ business docket in the coming months. The court returns for its new term on Monday with three …

Supreme Courts Consider Class Actions as Companies Seek Shield

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider giving businesses a new tool to thwart class action lawsuits, agreeing to decide whether a defendant can end a case by offering full payment to the lead plaintiff. The case helps shape the next …

Housing Discrimination Claims Could Be on Way Out

The U.S. Supreme Court is positioned to wipe out a major category of housing-discrimination suits, and civil rights groups are running out of ways to stop it. In arguments Wednesday in Washington, the court will consider requiring people suing under …

U.S. Supreme Court to Adopt Electronic Case Filing System

Chief Justice John Roberts says the Supreme Court will belatedly adopt an electronic filing system similar to those used in most courts around the country. Roberts says in his annual end-of-year report Wednesday that the court’s new system may be …

Two Supreme Court Rulings Making it Harder for Patent Trolls

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned two lower court patent decisions, one related to heart rate monitors and the other to management of Web images, in rulings that could make it harder for so-called patent trolls to win infringement …

Hyundai Rejected by Supreme Court on $11.5M Patent Award

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a Hyundai Motor Co. unit’s appeal of an $11.5 million award in a patent lawsuit over a means of creating customized printed proposals for prospective customers. The justices today let stand a federal appeals …

U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Homeowner Suit as it Considers Class Action Limits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday weighed whether to impose new limits on class action lawsuits, as it reviewed whether a homeowner’s lawsuit against his insurer belonged in a state court considered friendly to plaintiffs. During oral argument, several justices …