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  • Justices Will Decide Religious Health Systems' Pension Dispute

    By Marcia Coyle

    After a lull in adding new cases to the term, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear arguments in seven challenges, including a trio of cases from religious-affiliated, nonprofit health care systems that are seeking exemptions from federal law for their pension plans.

  • Mug Shots Are Not Secret Records, Detroit Paper Tells Supreme Court

    By Marcia Coyle

    The Detroit Free Press is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a court decision that restricts public access to the mug shots of federal criminal defendants. Booking photos provide an "important window" into the government's exercise of its police powers, the media outlet said in its petition in Detroit Free Press v. U.S. Department of Justice.

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  • Aetna-Humana Trial, Unlike Anthem-Cigna, Will Feature Amicable Merger Partners

    By C. Ryan Barber

    For the past two weeks, the U.S. Justice Department has clashed with Anthem Inc. in a blockbuster antitrust trial rife with conflict. The government is fighting to block a $48 billion health care merger that Anthem's tie-up partner—Cigna Corp.—appears to no longer want. The drama of that trial, where Cigna's chief executive hardly hid the strain between the insurer and its suitor, isn't expected to be mirrored when Aetna Inc., on Monday, begins to defend its $37 billion takeover of rival Humana Inc.

  • Engineer's Suit Over FTC's 'Robocall' Contest Is Blocked in Appeals Court

    By Marcia Coyle

    When the Federal Trade Commission in 2012 announced a competition for "innovative solutions" to block automated sales calls, David Frankel thought he had a winning submission. He didn't. Blocking so-called "robocalls" can be tough and frustrating for the average person. Blocking a lawsuit over an agency's competition seemed a relatively easy task for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday.

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