Duke Energy Corp., Southern Co. and other energy companies must abide by federal limits on mercury and additional power-plant pollutants, a U.S. court said, upholding a rule regulators say will save lives and the industry claims was illegally drafted.
A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring companies to disclose whether any “conflict minerals” are used in their products violates the free-speech rights of manufacturers, an appeals court said.
An Arkansas man found guilty of violating the main U.S. anti-hacking law by taking 114,000 e- mail addresses from AT&T Inc. had his conviction thrown out by an appeals court that ruled he was tried in the wrong state.
Federal rules mandating equal rates for first-class letters and flat DVDs were upheld by a U.S. appeals court, handing a defeat to the Postal Service in a case spawned by favorable treatment once provided to Netflix Inc.
North Carolina’s environmental regulator joined Duke Energy Corp. in appealing a court order that the company clean up groundwater pollution from coal ash dumps, a ruling made in case that began before one of the utility’s plants spewed toxic sludge into the Dan River.
Disney Enterprises Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and four other movie studios accused the closed file-sharing service Megaupload.com of massive theft of intellectual property in a copyright-infringement lawsuit.
Meat producers including Hormel Foods Group Inc. will get another chance to challenge country- of-origin labeling rules in a case pitting corporate free-speech rights against the government’s regulatory reach.
Former U.S. State Department contractor Stephen Kim was sentenced to 13 months in prison for disclosing intelligence on North Korea to a Fox News reporter in a case that sparked criticism from free-press advocates of the Obama administration’s crackdown on unauthorized leaks.