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Supreme Court Returns Today With Gay Marriage, Affirmative Action, Voting Rights in View
The Supreme Court is poised to take the bench today and begin the second half of a term laced with hot button issues such as affirmative action, gay marriage, voting rights and government secrecy. The justices will hear two potentially blockbuster cases in March concerning...
Supreme Court Debates Whether US Courts Can Take Human Rights Cases Overseas
When a Supreme Court Justice tells you that a sentence in your brief is “striking,” it’s not always a good thing. In fact, for Paul L. Hoffman, a lawyer trying to win a case before the court, it was a very bad thing. Hoffman appeared...
Supreme Court Faces Affirmative Action and Gay Marriage
New Term Begins: Court May Take Up Voting Rights, Surveillance and Fourth Amendment Cases
Activists Sue U.S. Evangelical Pastor Over Gay Rights Grievances
A new development today on a story “Nightline” first covered back in 2010, when we traveled to Uganda to investigate a pending law in a far-away land that had ignited a firestorm of criticism here in the United States. Dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill by...
Justices Divided on Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations
Supreme Court Justices seemed divided today in a case regarding whether corporations can be held liable in U.S. courts for human rights violations committed abroad. At issue is a case brought by 12 Nigerian plaintiffs against a subsidiary of Shell Oil. The Nigerians claim that...
Can Corps Accused of Abetting Torture Abroad Be Sued in U.S. Courts?
On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear a challenge brought by 12 Nigerian plaintiffs who say a Shell oil subsidiary aided and abetted acts of murder, rape and systematic torture by the Nigerian government in the early 1990s. At issue is whether corporations can be...
Yahoo Sued Again by Chinese Dissidents
Yahoo faces a second major lawsuit by Chinese dissidents claiming the company aided authorities.
Yahoo Asks Judge to Toss China Torture case
In November the court will consider a lawsuit against Yahoo by jailed Chinese dissidents.
U.S. Mining Company on Trial Over Colombia Killings
An Alabama-based coal mining company is responsible for the murders of three union leaders in Colombia, lawyers for the union and victims' families told a jury Wednesday in a potentially precedent-setting trial. The civil lawsuit against Drummond Co. Inc. is believed to be the first case to reach