Supreme Court to rule on whether B.C. has to give health data to cigarette maker

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule Friday on whether British Columbia has to hand millions of patients’ health information over to tobacco giant Philip Morris International in the newest chapter in the province’s legal fight to force cigarette makers to compensate the province for the cost of treating tobacco-related illnesses.

Roe v. Wade probably won’t get overturned — but here’s what could happen to slowly chip away at abortion rights if the Supreme Court becomes largely conservative

Win McNamee/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would solidify a 5-4 conservative majority if he were confirmed.  This makeup of the court has many pro-abortion-rights activists concerned that abortion access and even the landmark case Roe v. Wade could be in danger. Legal experts, however, told Business […]

Thomas Hardiman, one of Trump’s Supreme Court finalists, lost out on the nomination twice in a row

AP Photo/Cliff Owen Thomas Hardiman, the Third Circuit US Court of Appeals judge who was among President Donald Trump’s top picks to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, lost to Brett Kavanaugh on Monday. Trump announced he would nominate Kavanaugh, nearly two weeks after Kennedy said he was preparing to leave the bench. Hardiman was […]

Brett Kavanaugh Revealed as Trump's Latest Supreme Court Nominee

President Donald Trump took over primetime TV on Monday night to unveil his latest Supreme Court nominee, selecting federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the nation’s highest court. Trump prefaced the reveal with a brief address, saying that like President Reagan before him, he was looking for “judges who apply the Constitution as written.” […]

Trump has narrowed down his Supreme Court nominee shortlist to 5 candidates — and there are reportedly 3 qualities the winner must embody

Reuters/Eric Thayer President Donald Trump has said he’ll select his Supreme Court nominee on Monday, July 9. Trump will choose from his 25-member shortlist, and has narrowed it down to five candidates. Trump is reportedly looking for his nominee to possess three key qualities. President Donald Trump is little more than one week from deciding […]

Swing-vote Justice Kennedy retires from US Supreme Court

Published time: 27 Jun, 2018 18:19 Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the US Supreme Court. His departure means the country’s highest court is likely to become more conservative, as President Donald Trump will get to appoint Kennedy’s replacement. Kennedy, 81, has served on the court since 1988. Though nominated by the Republican President Ronald […]

Supreme Court surveillance opinion nudges us to think nationally, act locally

Enlarge / The Supreme Court of the United States, as seen in 2017. (credit: Phil Roeder / Flickr) Christmas came on Friday, June 22 this year—that is, if you’re a privacy and surveillance law nerd. After deliberating the decision for months, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Carpenter v. United States, a case […]

Why the Supreme Court’s software patent ban didn’t last

Enlarge / Under the Federal Circuit appeals court, patent law swung from software patent skepticism in the 1970s to extreme permissiveness in the 1990s, then started to swing back toward skepticism with stricter Supreme Court oversight. (credit: Federal Circuit Historical Society / Aurich Lawson) Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, […]