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Aug 15, 2014

Trust now may be needed to protect inherited IRA

Estate-planning lawyers are contacting clients about a big change in the law when it comes to protecting retirement funds meant to pass by inheritance. Until recently, clients who had Individual Retirement Accounts as part of their assets passing at death could count on those retirement funds being protected from creditors during bankruptcy – not only […]

Jul 14, 2014

EEOC’s background check rules remain controversial

WASHINGTON — A two-year-old EEOC policy warning employers against the overly broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires continues to draw fire. Employers, business groups and lawmakers say it is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “has made it more difficult for employers to […]

Jul 11, 2014

4th Circuit fares better than most at Supreme Court

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from federal courts in Virginia and is based in Richmond, has an enviable record before the U.S. Supreme Court when the justices choose to review its decisions. Although the high court has upheld less than 29 percent of the cases it has reviewed during the […]

Jul 1, 2014

Court: ACA contraception mandate violates for-profit companies’ religious rights

WASHINGTON — In a blow to the Obama administration that may hint at how a similar challenge will play out next year, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer-funded health care plans cover certain contraceptives at no cost to employees violates the rights of religious owners of closely held […]

Jun 30, 2014

Supreme Court leaves most greenhouse gas regs in place

States and business groups challenging controversial Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions won a battle, but largely lost the war, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left the agency’s regulatory scheme largely intact. “The court’s holding confirms that the EPA can use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions […]

Jun 30, 2014

Recess appointment ruling could spur NLRB delays, congressional gridlock

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down President Barack Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board invalidated hundreds of rulings made by the board over an 18-month period. But the ruling in NLRB v. Noel Canning, No. 12-1281, went much further. While establishing the president’s authority to make recess appointments […]

Jun 30, 2014

Buffer zone laws on shaky ground after Supreme Court ruling

The constitutionality of several state and local laws creating protester-free buffer zones around entrances and patients at abortion clinics is in question after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on June 26 striking down one of the most expansive buffer zone laws in the country. In McCullen v. Coakley, No. 12-1168, the court unanimously struck down […]

Jun 26, 2014

Court nixes warrantless searches of cellphones

WASHINGTON–Cellphones — which the U.S. Supreme Court says have become “such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy” — generally cannot be searched by police without a warrant, the court ruled on June 25. In a consolidated ruling […]

Jun 24, 2014

High court ruling leaves open questions on software patent eligibility

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that some, but not all, computer-implemented software functions are too abstract to qualify for a patent. But the court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298, did not clearly define where the line should be drawn, leaving attorneys to fill in the gaps […]

Jun 20, 2014

Supreme Court false advertising case rejects preemption defense

WASHINGTON — The legal food fight between a fruit juice manufacturer and soft drink conglomerate Coca-Cola Co. will continue in federal court now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a false advertising claim was not precluded by federal law. The decision in POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, “established that, at […]

Jun 20, 2014

Defense bar urges caution after justices’ ‘straw buyer’ ruling

WASHINGTON — This week’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court holding that a man who bought a firearm on behalf of another qualified buyer violated a federal law barring “straw purchases” of guns may be limited to its facts. But the decision in Abramski v. U.S., No. 12-1493, is still spurring lawyers to advise their […]

Jun 5, 2014

New high court rulings could create problems for ‘patent trolls’

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 in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., No. 12-786, and Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig […]

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