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U.S. Supreme Court rulings could check ‘patent troll’ claims (access required)

U.S. Supreme Court rulings giving federal District Court judges more flexibility in awarding attorney fees to prevailing parties in patent suits could help curb the recent uptick in abusive patent litigation. Decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & ...

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U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys work up a sweat over patent case (access required)

In a case that could clarify the specificity with which patent holders must describe their inventions, justices and the attorneys arguing the case of Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc., No. 13-369, before the U.S Supreme Court had a tough ...

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Juice drink showdown reaches Supreme Court (access required)

During oral arguments on April 21, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed disinclined to hold that a Lanham Act claim of false representation against beverage giant Coca-Cola was preempted under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The case ...

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Supreme Court averts avalanche of FICA refund requests (access required)

Avoiding what attorneys say could have been an “earthquake” effect from businesses rushing to file for a collective $1 billion in tax refunds, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that severance payments are wages for federal tax withholding purposes. The ...

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U.S. Supreme Court hears case on severance pay (access required)

Is a severance package a form of employment income, or does it constitute a supplemental unemployment benefit? The answer makes a big difference when it comes to income taxes, and it’s now up to the justices of the U.S. Supreme ...

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U.S. Supreme Court ponders if inherited IRAs get bankruptcy shield (access required)

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In a case that turns on the definition of two words in the expansive language of the Bankruptcy Code, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to determine whether an inherited retirement account can be shielded from bankruptcy liquidation. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court hears severance pay case (access required)

Is a severance package a form of employment income, or does it constitute a supplemental unemployment benefit? The answer makes a big difference when it comes to income taxes, and it’s now up to the justices of the U.S. Supreme ...

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Supreme Court hears severance pay case (access required)

Is a severance package a form of employment income, or does it constitute a supplemental unemployment benefit? The answer makes a big difference when it comes to income taxes, and it’s now up to the justices of the U.S. Supreme ...

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NLRB opts not to appeal notice posting rule (access required)

Ending a legal battle over one the most controversial labor law regulations in recent history, the National Labor Relations Board has abandoned plans to seek high court review of two appellate decisions striking down the agency’s notice posting rule. According ...

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Justices air out issues in EPA pollution case (access required)

During an expanded, 90-minute argument session on Dec. 10, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court wrangled over whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to impose power plant emission rules upon states that contribute to the air pollution ...

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