A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has prompted a federal appeals court to recognize that a verbal complaint to an employer can precede the filing of a retaliation claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act, abandoning an interpretation that first required a written complaint with the government.
Like the institution that will hear the same-sex marriage arguments on April 28, high court advocates—and appellate lawyers in general—often have their own traditions, routines and even lucky charms to add just a fillip of confidence to the task ahead.
For 150 minutes on April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear history-making arguments over the hotly contested issue of same-sex marriage, which made its way to the justices with remarkable speed. Here are five things to watch as Supreme Court hears arguments in historic cases.
"There is absolutely no reason why Supreme Court justices shouldn't be subject to the same code of conduct as all other federal judges," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, said at a Capitol Hill press conference.
Joining the prosecution's side of a circuit split on sentencing of child pornography offenders, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a defendant's sentence can be increased for distributing child pornography through a file-sharing program, even if the defendant doesn't realize that he made the materials accessible to others.
A financial crisis case that stumbled on South Korean law regained its footing on Wednesday, when a U.S. appeals court revived claims that Citigroup Inc. duped a Korean bank into investing in a complex investment product that went belly-up in the global recession.
The future of a Depression-era government program designed to stabilize the price of raisins—and perhaps scores of other marketing programs with similar goals—appeared in serious doubt Wednesday during arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court.
A New Jersey appeals court ruled April 22 that a person who has been accused of domestic violence but has never been found guilty can still be denied permission to purchase a gun and keep it in his or her home.