Court Upholds Voter-Approved Affirmative Action Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court, delivering its second major blow in less than a year to civil rights organizations, on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s voter-approved ban on the use of race preferences in admissions at the state's public universities.

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  • Pressure Builds to Open Attorney Ethics Investigations

    By Todd Ruger

    The U.S. Department of Justice faces new pressure to make lawyer-misconduct investigations more transparent and less subject to potential conflicts of interest.

  • Sharp Drop in Dickstein Net Income

    By Katelyn Polantz

    Dickstein Shapiro faced its worst year in more than a decade after contingency cases didn't pull in income and the firm restructured, chairman James Kelly said in an interview. He called 2013 an "investment year."

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  • Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

    By Marcia Coyle

    The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

  • Regulation of Bitcoin Is Up for Grabs

    By Jenna Greene

    Following a series of multimillion-dollar thefts and losses, federal regulators want to step up their oversight of virtual currency bitcoin. But bitcoin — a nationless digital money that uses cryptography to control its creation and transactions — doesn't fit neatly in any regulatory box.

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  • Junk Fax Lawsuit Survives Against Burger King

    By Laura Castro

    A Maryland federal judge has refused to dismiss a class action accusing Burger King Corp. of sending unsolicited fax advertisements in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • Stroke Patient Recovers $14 million in Yasmin Trial

    By Laura Castro

    A jury has awarded almost $14 million to a Chicago woman who sued her doctor for prescribing the birth control medication Yasmin, which the woman blamed for a disabling stroke and permanent brain injury.

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