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  • Whistleblowers Win Key Ruling as Justices Reject Insurer's Case

    By Mike Scarcella

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a big win to whistleblowers, ruling that a violation of the federal False Claims Act's secrecy requirement doesn’t automatically mean a complaint should be dismissed. The unanimous ruling, delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, upheld a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

  • 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.

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Regulation

  • CFPB Takes Up Two New Fights to Force Subpoena Compliance

    By C. Ryan Barber

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not letting up as the Obama administration winds down. In a span of three days last week, the agency went to federal courts in California and Michigan to force two financial-industry companies to cooperate with administrative subpoenas known as "civil investigative demands."

  • Orrick, Representing Marijuana Advocate, Challenges DEA Statements About Pot

    By Marcia Coyle

    A national nonprofit advocacy group supporting legal access to medical marijuana has petitioned the U.S. Justice Department to require drug enforcers to correct allegedly false and misleading information about cannabis use on its website.

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Litigation

  • Whistleblowers Win Key Ruling as Justices Reject Insurer's Case

    By Mike Scarcella

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a big win to whistleblowers, ruling that a violation of the federal False Claims Act's secrecy requirement doesn’t automatically mean a complaint should be dismissed. The unanimous ruling, delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, upheld a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

  • Apple Loses to Samsung in Supreme Court Design Patent Case

    By Tony Mauro

    The unanimous decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor wipes out Apple's $399 million in design patent damages and sends the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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