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Supreme Court Backs Jack Daniel's Over Spoof Toy

Justices give whiskey maker another crack at suing over parody dog toy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday gave whiskey maker Jack Daniel's reason to raise a glass, handing the company a new chance to win a trademark dispute with the makers of the Bad Spaniels dog toy . In announcing the decision for a unanimous court, Justice Elena Kagan was in an...

Surprise SCOTUS Ruling Hands Victory to State's Black Voters

Decision orders creation of second Black-majority district in Alabama

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a surprising 5-4 ruling in favor of Black voters in a congressional redistricting case, ordering the creation of a second district with a large Black population, per the AP . Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with the court's liberals in...

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear 'Trump Too Small' Case

Man tried to register phrase as trademark

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an unusual case in which the Biden administration is fighting a man's attempt to trademark a slogan that includes the name Trump. Attorney Steve Elster has been trying for years to trademark "Trump Too Small" for use on T-shirts, Politico reports....

Supreme Court Limits EPA Power on Water Pollution

Majority sides with couple who sought to build home on wetlands in Idaho

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for the federal government to police water pollution in a decision that strips protections from wetlands that are isolated from larger bodies of water, per the AP . It's the second decision in as many years in which a conservative majority of...

Megadonor Turns Down Senate Request on Thomas Gifts

His lawyer argues that Judiciary Committee doesn't have authority for investigation

(Newser) - Republican donor Harlan Crow has rejected the Senate Judiciary Committee's demand for a full list of gifts he gave Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over the years. In a letter seen by CBS , Michael Bopp, one of the billionaire's lawyers, argued that the committee doesn't have the...

DeSantis' New Pitch: Think of the Supreme Court

Governor suggests he could put in place a long-lasting conservative majority of 7-2

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis is expected to launch his 2024 campaign for president this week, notes CNN , and the Florida governor is floating a new selling point: the possibility of a 7-2 conservative majority on the Supreme Court that would last for a long time. DeSantis made the case Monday in an...

SCOTUS Declines Appeal on 'Misunderstood' Delicacy

Court leaves Californias foie gras ban in place

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to California's ban on foie gras, leaving in place a lower court ruling that upheld the ban. The lawsuit was brought by Canadian duck and goose farmers who described the fatty bird liver delicacy as the most "maligned and...

Gorsuch Delivers Scathing Critique of COVID Lockdowns

Justice calls COVID-19 measures historic 'intrusions on civil liberties'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court dispensed with a pandemic-related immigration case with a single sentence. But Justice Neil Gorsuch had much more to say, leveling harsh criticism of how governments responded to the gravest public health threat in a century. The justice, who was President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, called...

Photographer Wins Her Case Against Andy Warhol

Supreme Court decides he violated copyright when he made portraits of Prince based on a photograph

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled against the late Andy Warhol in a case involving portraits he made of Prince back in the 1980s. The copyright decision split along unusual lines, with Sonia Sotomayor writing the majority opinion and Elena Kagan the dissent. The majority ruled that Warhol, who died in...

Supreme Court Sides With Google, Twitter in 2 Big Cases

Justices side with social media giants in closely watched liability challenges

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered good news to Google, Twitter, and social media in general Thursday in a pair of cases regarding liability for what users post .
  • Google: In one, the court sidestepped a case against Google that might have allowed more lawsuits against social media companies, per the

Supreme Court Doesn't Stop Illinois' Assault Weapons Ban

Challenge to law could give justices another chance to decide on state legislation

(Newser) - Without giving any indication that it supports the law, the Supreme Court passed on a chance to block Illinois' new bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. A gun rights group and a gun shop owner fighting the law asked the court to halt enforcement while an appeals court considers...

Unanimous SCOTUS Ruling Is a Win for Trans Immigrant

Estrella Santos-Zacaria gets another chance to fight deportation to Guatemala

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a transgender Guatemalan woman who is fighting deportation on the grounds that she would face persecution if returned to her native country. The court's unanimous decision in favor of Estrella Santos-Zacaria gives her another chance to argue that immigration officials were...

Supreme Court Delivers a Defeat to Pork Industry

Justices reject challenge to animal cruelty law in California that has effects beyond the state

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has handed the pork industry a defeat, rejecting a challenge brought against an animal cruelty law in California. Justices decided that lower courts were correct in dismissing the challenge to the law, which requires more space for breeding pigs, reports the AP . The 2018 law stipulates that...

Supreme Court Blocks Richard Glossip’s Execution

Justices suspend May 18 date so they can consider the Oklahoma case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday blocked Oklahoma from executing death row inmate Richard Glossip after the state's attorney general agreed Glossip's life should be spared. Glossip had been scheduled to be put to death on May 18 despite statements by new Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond that he...

Group Directed $100K to Ginni Thomas Before SCOTUS Brief

Make 'no mention of Ginni, of course,' wrote Leonard Leo to Kellyanne Conway

(Newser) - Friday brings another report of an ethics issue related to Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, this time from the Washington Post . The newspaper uncovered a secret payment to Thomas' wife, directed by a conservative judicial activist who advised a nonprofit that would later file a brief to the Supreme Court...

ProPublica Finds Another Big Gift Given to Clarence Thomas

Harlan Crow paid for boarding school for the boy the justice was raising as a son

(Newser) - ProPublica continues reporting on the gifts bestowed upon Clarence Thomas by a wealthy billionaire friend. In a new story, the outlet reports that Harlan Crow paid the tuition at two pricey boarding schools for Thomas' grandnephew. The Supreme Court justice has previously said he raised the boy, Mark Martin,...

Alito Says He Might Know Who Leaker Was but Won't Tell

It wasn't anybody on his side, justice tells interviewer

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said he think he knows who leaked the draft of his majority opinion in the case that threw out Roe v. Wade, but he's not naming names because the highest court in the land can't prove it. The draft was published in Politico...

Murkowski, King Want Court to Follow a Code of Conduct

Republican, Independent introduce bill, citing falling public confidence in justices

(Newser) - Despite revelations about Supreme Court justices ' failure to be forthcoming on financial transactions that could pose conflicts of interest, Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have shown little interest in addressing the issue. One Republican and one Independent senator have moved to increase the pressure on them by...

John Roberts 'Respectfully Declines' Senate Request to Testify

And ignores invitation to have another justice appear in his place

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts has declined a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify at a hearing next week on ethical standards at the court, instead providing the panel with a statement of ethics reaffirmed by the court's nine justices, the AP reports. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick...

Thomas, Gorsuch Hit With New Disclosure Issues

Clarence Thomas reportedly ruled in case of interest to his billionaire friend Harlan Crow

(Newser) - The controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas continues to grow, with Bloomberg reporting that his friend Harlan Crow had an interest in a case brought before the court, despite Thomas' assurances that he didn't think he needed to report pricey vacations paid for by the billionaire because Thomas...

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