August 19, 1997 |
Asbestos victims and others injured by exposure to toxics can collect only limited damages in court if their illnesses were undetected when voters passed the 1986 so-called "deep pockets" initiative, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-1 ruling stemmed from a lawsuit brought by Northern California asbestos victim James Buttram, who did not discover his cancer until 1991, at least seven years after evidence showed that the fatal disease began developing in his body.
March 5, 2004 |
Telephone industry regulations can be baffling, but an array of consumer and business groups is sending a simple message: Don't mess with 19 million people. That's how many phone lines have been switched to competitive carriers from the four Baby Bell companies that own most of the nation's local phone networks.
April 25, 1987 |
Major sections of South Africa's strict regulations enforcing press censorship were declared invalid Friday by the Natal provincial Supreme Court in a further curtailment of the government's efforts to assume virtual martial-law powers. A two-judge panel in Pietermaritzburg, the Natal provincial capital, ruled that President Pieter W.
June 28, 1989 |
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh told a civil rights group Tuesday that the Bush Administration would not back efforts in Congress to reverse recent Supreme Court rulings that critics contend have crippled affirmative action programs and other minority protections. Speaking to the annual convention of Operation PUSH in this Chicago suburb, Thornburgh said the controversial decisions appear to be largely technical in nature and narrowly drawn and should not have a wide-ranging impact on efforts to promote equal employment opportunities.
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June 3, 2005 |
Ruling in a Los Angeles case, the California Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for criminal defendants to obtain evidence of past misconduct by police to try to prove that officers lied or rigged evidence. In a 5-2 decision, the court said judges must order police to turn over any records of officer misconduct that could support allegations of improprieties in a defendant's case.
June 12, 2012
Four years ago, the Supreme Court did its duty as a guardian of the Constitution by ruling that Congress couldn't prevent inmates at Guantanamo Bay from filing petitions for habeas corpus, a venerable feature of Anglo-American law that allows prisoners to challenge their confinement in court. This week, the justices walked away from that responsibility by refusing to review lower court rulings that have narrowed the protections of its 2008 decision to the vanishing point. In granting inmates a right to habeas in Boumediene vs. Bush, the court sternly corrected an overreaching executive and a compliant Congress.
October 6, 2009 |
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said she regrets that the current court is dismantling some of the opinions she helped craft as a moderate conservative, USA Today reported. During a panel discussion at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg on Saturday, O'Connor, 79, was asked how she felt about the court's retreat. She replied, "What would you feel? I'd be a little bit disappointed. If you think you've been helpful, and then it's dismantled, you think, 'Oh, dear.
December 6, 2005 |
World Trade Organization appeals judges ruled against the U.S. in the latest round of a long-running spat between the nation and Canada over softwood lumber. The three judges rejected a U.S. appeal of an earlier panel ruling that the U.S. had failed to comply with WTO findings in 2003 and 2004 that duties it had imposed on Canadian lumber imports violated the body's rules and should be changed. The decision by the judges, from the WTO's Appellate Body, is final. The U.S.
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January 14, 2004 |
A judge ruled Monday that the federal government owes growers in Kern, Tulare and Kings counties about $26 million for taking water from them to protect endangered fish. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington found that the farmers lost money because of the federal decision. The agencies that used the water -- the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service -- had no immediate comment.
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November 21, 2007 |
In a slap at indicted Sheriff Michael S. Carona, Orange County supervisors Tuesday eliminated a waiver granted in 1998 that allowed him to promote two outsiders to be assistant sheriffs. "We're reinstating some good personnel practices," said Supervisor Bill Campbell of the unanimous vote.