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New high court rulings could create problems for ‘patent trolls’ (access required)


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a pair of decisions that could make it more difficult to bring patent infringement claims in some circumstances, further hampering suits brought by so-called “patent trolls.” But while the justices’ rulings ...

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Defense lawyers fear slippery slope after Supreme Court allows stop based on anonymous call (access required)


WASHINGTON — Criminal defense attorneys are expressing concerns about a recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court holding that a vehicle search based on an anonymous 911 call was constitutional. The ruling in Prado Navarette v. California, No. 12-9490, weakens ...

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Affirmative action ruling adds new twist to same-sex marriage challenges (access required)


WASHINGTON — The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a state law barring the consideration of race in public university admission decisions is having an immediate effect on a set of closely watched appeals involving an entirely different issue: the ...

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High court rulings could check ‘patent troll’ claims (access required)

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court rulings giving federal District Court judges more flexibility in awarding attorney fees to prevailing parties in patent suits could help curb the recent uptick in abusive patent litigation. Decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON ...

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