Hours after the University of Notre Dame filed a religious challenge to the U.S. health-care overhaul in Indiana federal court, a judge in Washington heard arguments in a lawsuit assailing tax provisions of the statute.
Senate Republicans blocked the last of President Barack Obama’s three nominees to a federal appeals court that oversees some of the nation’s biggest business cases, dealing a blow to his efforts to reshape the panel.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advised Devon Energy Corp., which will buy closely held GeoSouthern Energy Corp.’s Eagle Ford assets for $6 billion in cash, expanding its shale holdings in one of the most prolific oil basins in the U.S.
The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case with the potential to transform securities litigation, agreeing to reconsider a precedent that has served as the foundation for shareholder suits for the past 25 years.
The Supreme Court’s Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project decision, the most important free- speech case in 20 years, has had its first test in the appellate courts, and the results are remarkable. The 2010 case held that peaceful speech in the U.S. can be criminalized if it is “coordinated” to support a foreign terrorist organization named by Congress. Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit upheld the conviction of Tarek Mehanna, whose alleged crimes included translating pro-jihadi material from Arabic into English at his desk outside Boston and uploading it to the Web.
A New Jersey town settled a housing- bias lawsuit that was set for a U.S. Supreme Court hearing next month, scuttling a case that might have shielded lenders from discrimination suits pressed by the Obama administration.