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Sex-offender social media ban thrown out

Registered sex offender Lester Gerard Packingham was convicted after setting up a Facebook account under a false name and posting a message that praised God for the dismissal of a traffic ticket. (Bloomberg News photo)

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a North Carolina law that barred registered sex offenders from using social media sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Voting 8-0, the court said the measure went too far in restricting First Amendment rights ...

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Chevron shielded from $9 billion verdict

The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a ruling that protects Chevron Corp. from having to pay $8.6 billion in a decades-long battle over oil pollution in Ecuador, rebuffing an American lawyer who was found to have committed fraud in the South American ...

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Justices to hear Ohio voter-purge case

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider giving states more freedom to rid their voter rolls of people who haven’t cast ballots in a while. Agreeing to hear an appeal by Ohio, the justices said they’ll consider reinstating a purging technique ...

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Court makes life worse for patent holders

The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. (Bloomberg News file photo)

By Noah Feldman The Supreme Court made it easier on Wednesday for U.S. manufacturers to infringe patents held by competitors by manufacturing all but one of the infringing components abroad. The practical consequences could be significant, as could the court’s ...

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