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June 12, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The nation's home healthcare aides are not entitled to minimum wages or overtime pay under federal law, even if they work for private employers, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 9-0 decision, which keeps in place a long-standing rule that denies minimum wages and overtime pay to those who provide "companionship services" at home, could trigger a move in Congress to amend the law.
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BUSINESS
June 20, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Anna Gorman and Erin Loury, Los Angeles Times
If the Supreme Court scraps the Affordable Care Act in the coming days, California will lose out on as much as $15 billion annually in new federal money slated to come its way, dealing what state officials say would be a critical blow to efforts to expand coverage to the poor and uninsured. The state is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the federal healthcare law because of its large number of uninsured residents - about 7 million people, or nearly 20% of California's population.
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NATIONAL
August 4, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California's legal battle over same-sex nuptials is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the final chapter in four years of litigation over the constitutionality of Proposition 8's ban on gay marriage. In a brief order Tuesday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a majority of the court's active judges voted against reconsidering a three-judge panel's decision to overturn the voter-approved 2008 state constitutional amendment. Three dissenting 9th Circuit judges who favored review called the panel's ruling a "gross misapplication" of the law that "roundly trumped California's democratic process.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, declaring that public officials may not seek to advance or promote religion, on Monday struck down the posting of the Ten Commandments on the walls of two Kentucky courthouses. But the court did not set a clear rule for deciding when the government had gone too far in permitting religious displays, and the decision probably wasn't the last word. In its 5-4 ruling, the court said the commandments were "a sacred text" that carried an "unmistakably religious" message.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2003 | From Associated Press
During an appendectomy in 1996, surgeons discovered that Vietnam veteran Joseph Isaacson had a form of cancer associated with exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. But when Isaacson tried to claim payment from a settlement fund set up by Agent Orange manufacturers, he was told he was too late and, besides, the $180-million kitty had been exhausted. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Isaacson, a vice principal at a middle school in Irvington, N.J.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
A dog can be a drug cop's best friend, and most of the Supreme Court justices said Wednesday that they saw no reason to limit a police officer's use of a dog to sniff out drugs or explosives. The high court is being urged to overturn a 2003 decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, which held that a police officer who stopped a car for speeding needed evidence of a drug crime before the officer called in a drug-sniffing dog.
NEWS
July 5, 1993
Continuing a long legal quest, a surrogate mother has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether she has parental rights to a 2-year-old Tustin boy. Attorney Richard C. Gilbert, arguing that his client, Anna M. Johnson, has been the victim of a "shameful collapse" of the judicial system, said Sunday that a petition was mailed to the nation's highest court early last week. The court could decide by this fall whether Johnson's claim will be accepted for review.
NEWS
November 8, 1987 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg, it seems, was a puzzle wrapped in a paradox inside a surprise. On Oct. 29, when President Reagan put forward his name, the 41-year old federal appeals judge was a man about whom almost nothing was known. Then, as details of his life came to light, some proved to be startlingly unexpected. Paradoxically, the more that was learned about him, the more elusive Ginsburg became. He emerged a man whose life and record were not all of one piece.
NATIONAL
June 11, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Five years after the Supreme Court declared in Atkins vs. Virginia that the death penalty was unconstitutional for those who are mentally retarded, Daryl Atkins still sits on death row. In August, lawyers for the man who won the landmark ruling will try again to convince a jury here that he is indeed mentally retarded and therefore deserves a life term in prison, not execution.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2010 | David G. Savage and James Oliphant
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision last month to oppose expanded gun rights under the 2nd Amendment is being cited by the National Rifle Assn. as reason for senators to oppose Elena Kagan, President Obama's second nominee to the Supreme Court. The NRA released an anti-Kagan ad this week that shows Sotomayor seemingly assuring senators during her confirmation hearing last year that she supports individual gun rights. Citing her vote in June to uphold a handgun ban in Chicago, the ad urges members to call their senators and "tell them not to fall for the same trick twice."
NATIONAL
July 15, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor parried tough questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee about how race and gender affect a judge's views on the law. Republicans focused on a single ruling from her 17 years on the federal bench involving a group of white firefighters claiming reverse discrimination. Legal experts said the exhaustive discussion of the New Haven, Conn.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2009 | David G. Savage
The cable television industry is ready to introduce an advanced video-on-demand service that would provide rebroadcasts of programs without commercials and without a fee paid to the producers. But the prospect has sent a shudder through the television and film industries, which could lose the right to profit from their work in the era of video on demand. All that stands in the way is a final clearance from the Supreme Court.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2008 | Associated Press
The Federal Communications Commission has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the indecency case over Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction" incident at the 2004 Super Bowl. The FCC this week appealed a ruling by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, saying that court was wrong to throw out the case and a $550,000 fine against CBS Corp. in July. The appellate court cited the FCC practice of not considering objectionable images indecent if they are "fleeting."
NATIONAL
November 2, 2008 | David G. Savage, Savage is a Times staff writer.
The Supreme Court would not be recommended as the best place in this city to hear a raucous conversation that makes full use of the F-word, the S-word and assorted other vulgarities. It is a place of decorum. Officers will firmly reprimand a visitor who errs by leaning an elbow on the next chair. Tuesday morning may be an exception, however.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2008 | David G. Savage, Savage is a Times staff writer.
A long-running dispute over a cross in the Mojave National Preserve in Southern California may give the Supreme Court a chance to shift the law on church-state separation. Bush administration lawyers urged the justices last week to take up the case and to reverse a series of rulings that would "require the government to tear down a cross that has stood without incident for 70 years as a memorial to fallen service members." The appeal may be well timed.
NEWS
March 20, 1994 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul P. Tuilaepa is not exactly a shining example for those who want to make a case against the death penalty. A short, muscular man who glares into the police camera, Tuilaepa shot four men in a Long Beach bar in 1986 and killed one of them. A jury convicted him and sentenced him to die. This week, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal of Tuilaepa's case, and not only his fate but also that of California's death penalty law will be hanging in the balance.
NEWS
September 12, 1991 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Supreme Court struck down all state laws forbidding abortion 18 years ago in Roe vs. Wade, Justice Byron R. White angrily dissented. The liberal majority, White said, was putting its own view of morality ahead of the strict words of the Constitution--in other words, using notions of "natural law" to decide a case. Four years ago, when then-Judge Robert H.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court's historic ruling this week that clarified Americans' right to own a gun for self-defense left a crucial question unanswered, one that will be resolved only after many years and a torrent of litigation, legal experts said Friday. Is gun ownership a "fundamental right" under the Constitution, or something less? Put simply, is a gun akin to an automobile, a legal but dangerous product that can be strictly regulated by the government?
BUSINESS
June 27, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered federal regulators Thursday to revisit a decision upholding high-priced electricity contracts that California utilities and others signed amid the chaos and soaring prices of the state's 2000-01 energy crisis.
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