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U.S. justices searching for middle ground in major securities case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared to look for a compromise that would enable them to avoid overruling a 26-year-old precedent that made it easier for plaintiffs to negotiate large securities class action settlements.

India top court refuses plea to review gay sex ban

India's top court Tuesday rejected a plea filed by the government and activist groups to review its shock ruling which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex. A Supreme Court bench dismissed petitions filed by the government and rights groups against a verdict last month that recriminalised gay sex and made it an offence punishable by up to life imprisonment. "We see no reason to interfere with the order impugned. The review petitions are dismissed," Supreme Court Justices H.L. Dattu and S.J. Mukhopadhaya said in their decision.

Nuns get partial win in Supreme Court contraception fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday that, while litigation continues, an order of Roman Catholic nuns need not comply with a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring employers to provide insurance that covers contraception.

U.S. appeals court won't revisit California ethanol ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday refused to revisit a ruling which upheld California's low carbon fuel standards regarding ethanol, according to a court filing. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had upheld California's regulations last year. In a decision released on Wednesday, the 9th Circuit refused to rehear the case before a larger panel of judges. The case could still be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court skeptical on abortion clinic buffer-zone law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices raised questions on Wednesday about the scope of a Massachusetts law ensuring access for patients at abortion clinics, making it likely they will strike it down as unconstitutional as anti-abortion protesters have demanded. Anti-abortion protesters have challenged the law, saying it violated their freedom of speech rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by preventing them from standing on the sidewalk and speaking to those entering clinics.

Supreme Court revives Mississippi's lawsuit over LCD price fixing

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Mississippi can pursue claims of price-fixing against a manufacturer of LCD screens in state court. The justices on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the state-court suit against AU Optronics Corp. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to order that the case be tried in federal court.

U.S. top court agrees to hear broadcasters' case against Aereo

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a closely watched appeal filed by the four major broadcasters against an online television service, Aereo Inc, backed by media mogul Barry Diller that they claim steals copyright TV content.

Fukuoka court also says July vote gap in state of unconstitutionality

The Fukuoka High Court ruled Thursday that the disparity in the weight of votes in July's House of Councillors election was "in a state of unconstitutionality," but turned down plaintiffs' demand that the results be nullified. Given the latest ruling that comes in line with the majority view so far in a series of similar lawsuits, the plaintiffs -- a group of lawyers -- said they plan to file an appeal.

Federal judge criticized by Supreme Court Justice fires back

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge this week defended his custom of urging lead law firms in class actions to staff the lawsuits with women and minority lawyers, two weeks after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took the unusual step of criticizing the practice. The judicial dustup stems from the Supreme Court's decision on November 18 not to review a challenge to a class action settlement that resolved antitrust claims against Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Military protester faces uphill battle in Supreme Court

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anti-nuclear weapons protester from California made little headway with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday with arguments that he should not have been prosecuted for demonstrating at a U.S. military installation because he was on a public road.
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