The U.S. Supreme Court expanded the reach of a federal law enacted in response to the 2001 Enron Corp. collapse, saying it protects people who work for a public company’s contractors, including law firms and auditors.
U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they are likely to strengthen the rules against the execution of mentally disabled people, hearing arguments in a case that may affect as many as eight death penalty states.
Victims of R. Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme can sue outside companies and law firms alleged to have played a role in the fraud, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, dealing a setback to the securities industry.
The U.S. Supreme Court considered making it easier for companies that successfully fight off patent infringement suits to collect legal fees from the losers in a case with ramifications for Apple Inc. and Google Inc.
Criminal defendants whose assets are frozen before trial aren’t entitled to a hearing at which they can challenge a grand jury’s finding that they probably committed a crime, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency had authority to impose permit requirements on power plants and factories in a test of President Barack Obama’s climate-change agenda.