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Justices stumped in SCOTUS tax refund case with “massive economic significance”

Justices stumped in SCOTUS tax refund case with “massive economic significance”

The Bob Richards rule is athe center of this dispute yet it had no defenders.
Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands?

Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands?

She’s not a liberal icon like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but, through her powers of persuasion, she’s the key Justice holding back the Court’s rightward shift, Margaret Talbot writes.
Billions of dollars are at stake in Puerto Rico’s US Supreme Court case

Billions of dollars are at stake in Puerto Rico’s US Supreme Court case

The US government is at war with Puerto Rican entities over an oversight board it installed to restructure the island's debt. For many in Puerto Rico, however, the case is about much more than money.
Arguments about sex had heads spinning at the US Supreme Court

Arguments about sex had heads spinning at the US Supreme Court

A series of cases about the application of federal civil rights law to LGBTQ+ employment discrimination cases drew crowds and confusion.
Chief justice John Roberts cracked the first joke of the new Supreme Court term

Chief justice John Roberts cracked the first joke of the new Supreme Court term

Justices heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the insanity defense, during which the chief justice managed to draw laughs from the packed chambers.
We charted the ideological lines along which each Supreme Court justice voted

We charted the ideological lines along which each Supreme Court justice voted

The US Supreme Court wrapped up its 2018 term last week. The justices decided on the merits of 72 cases. These matters yielded many opinions, revealed surprising alliances, and proved you never know
The Supreme Court Steps to the Right

The Supreme Court Steps to the Right

Last week, the Supreme Court wrapped up a full term without Anthony Kennedy for the first time in thirty years. Liberals can sum up the experience in five words: It could have been worse. Justice
The fight for fair elections is not dead

The fight for fair elections is not dead

Voting rights groups say they will continue to fight extreme partisan gerrymandering despite Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that such cases are not a matter for the federal courts. The decision —
A Partisan Supreme Court Upholds Partisan Power

A Partisan Supreme Court Upholds Partisan Power

To say that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause is bad for American democracy would be an understatement. In a 5–4 decision along the usual ideological lines, the justices held that
Kagan just scored a shocking victory over the forces of anti-government nihilism

Kagan just scored a shocking victory over the forces of anti-government nihilism

When I learned the outcome of the Supreme Court’s decision in Kisor v. Wilkie, a case seeking to tear down one of the pillars of federal administrative law, I quipped to my editor that my analysis of
Supreme Court Rebuffs Businesses, Won't Topple Regulation Precedent

Supreme Court Rebuffs Businesses, Won't Topple Regulation Precedent

A divided U.S. Supreme Court rejected calls by business groups to overturn two decades-old rulings that have given federal agencies broad power to interpret their own regulations.
Supreme Court’s Conservative Justices Weigh Scrapping Another Precedent

Supreme Court’s Conservative Justices Weigh Scrapping Another Precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority may be ready to overturn a longstanding precedent for the third time in recent weeks -- perhaps foreshadowing the vulnerability of its rulings on
FUCT, la camiseta malsonante y legal

FUCT, la camiseta malsonante y legal

El Tribunal Supremo de Estados Unidos da la razón a un diseñador que no podía registrar una marca por “inmoral” y “escandalosa”
A Streetwear Brand with a FUCT-up Name Just Won Its Supreme Court Case
U.S. Supreme Court Throws Out Federal Curb on Vulgar Trademarks

U.S. Supreme Court Throws Out Federal Curb on Vulgar Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court said owners of vulgar and lewd product names can get federal trademark protection, ruling that a century-old restriction on those rights violates the constitutional free-speech
Supreme Court Overturns Precedent, Backs Property-Rights Suits

Supreme Court Overturns Precedent, Backs Property-Rights Suits

A divided U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for landowners to sue for compensation when a government regulation reduces the value of their property, overturning a decades-old precedent that had
The art of throwing shade in a SCOTUS dissent

The art of throwing shade in a SCOTUS dissent

The justices are often at their best when they object in an otherwise very cordial and collegial court.
Supreme Court Backs 40-Foot Cross in Maryland Intersection

Supreme Court Backs 40-Foot Cross in Maryland Intersection

The U.S. Supreme Court said a 40-foot cross can continue serving as a war memorial in a busy Maryland intersection, a ruling that bolsters the government’s power to display religious symbols on public
Virginia Uranium-Mining Ban Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

Virginia Uranium-Mining Ban Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Virginia law that bans mining at the nation’s largest known uranium deposit, rejecting a challenge pressed by the owners of the property with help from the Trump
The latest US Supreme Court rulings are blowing up pundits’ predictions

The latest US Supreme Court rulings are blowing up pundits’ predictions

Pundits on the right and left had notions about the uniformity of liberal and conservative blocs, especially with Donald Trump adding two justices. They were wrong.