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High court upholds key part of Obama health law

  The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.   The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for… Continue Reading High court upholds key part of Obama health law

  The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona’s crackdown on immigrants Monday but said a much-debated portion on checking suspects’ status could go forward.   The court did not throw out the state provision requiring police to check the immigration status of someone they suspect is in the United States illegally. Even there,… Continue Reading High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

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Court says no overtime pay for drug reps

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The Supreme Court has ruled that sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies do not qualify for overtime pay under federal law, a big victory for the drug industry.   In a 5-4 decision Monday, the court’s conservative majority concluded that the roughly 90,000 people who try to persuade doctors to prescribe certain drugs to their patients… Continue Reading Court says no overtime pay for drug reps

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The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld a rate increase for basic phone service sought by Qwest, raising the rate from about $15 to $17 a month. The Colorado office representing consumers had challenged the increase sought by Qwest, saying there was no proof the increase was justified. CenturyLink acquired Qwest Communications International Inc. in 2011.… Continue Reading Colo. Supreme Court rules on basic phone rates

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Colorado Solicitor General Dan Domenico will argue his first case before the United States Supreme Court Monday. The case, Wood v. Wilvard, concerns whether or not a federal appellate court can raise the timeliness of a convicted felon’s habeas corpus petition, even if the issue was not decided at the district court level. The state… Continue Reading State’s solicitor general to argue before Supreme Court

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26 states file Supreme Court health care appeal

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The 26 states that have sued to overturn President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul have filed a Supreme Court appeal pressing for a speedy ruling to the “grave constitutional questions” surrounding the law. The appeal is similar to one from the National Federation of Independent Business that asks the justices to strike down the entire… Continue Reading 26 states file Supreme Court health care appeal

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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that makers of generic drugs cannot be sued for failing to warn consumers of the possible side effects of their products if they copy the exact warnings on the medicines’ brand-name equivalents. The majority opinion acknowledged that the decision dealt an “unfortunate hand” that “makes little sense” to those… Continue Reading Supreme Court: Generic drug makers not liable for warnings

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Opponents of a campus gun ban at the University of Colorado told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday the gun ban is illegal because it was not banned by the legislature. The Colorado Court of Appeals in April ruled in favor of a gun-rights group that sued the University of Colorado, arguing that a 1994… Continue Reading State Supreme Court questions campus gun ban

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Christine Kwapnoski hasn’t done too badly in nearly 25 years in the Wal-Mart family, making more than $60,000 a year in a job she enjoys most days. But Kwapnoski says she faced obstacles at Wal-Mart-owned Sam’s Club stores in both Missouri and California: Men making more than women and getting promoted faster. She never heard… Continue Reading Court to take up huge sex bias claim vs. Wal-Mart

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The Supreme Court ruled today that employees don’t have to write down complaints about illegal workplace conditions to receive retaliation protection from their employers. Kevin Kasten had complained to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics that time clocks were in the wrong place. The company fired him and moved the clocks. Kasten sued and claimed retaliation protection under… Continue Reading Supreme Court: Verbal complaints applicable for retaliation protection

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