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High court hears copyright protection case

Supreme Court justices on Monday weighed copyright protections for publishers, creative artists and manufacturers in a global marketplace in a case that has attracted the interest of Costco, eBay and Google. The outcome has important implications for consumers and multibillion dollar annual sales online and in discount stores.

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Big year leads up to an even bigger one at U.S. Supreme Court (access required)

At the U.S. Supreme Court, 2011 was a remarkable year – not just for the things the justices did, but for the cases they agreed to take up in the near future. After handing down major rulings on class action qualification, mandatory arbitration and preemption of drug and vaccine-based tort suits, the justices agreed to decide the fate of two of the most high-profile and politically charged laws before the Court in decades: the federal health care law and Arizona’s immigration statute.

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High court weighs whether defendants have a remedy for ineffective plea bargains (access required)

Sometimes criminal defense attorneys mess up. But just what, if any, constitutional remedy is available to defendants when their attorneys are ineffective at the plea bargaining stage? During oral arguments in the case Lafler v. Cooper, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a claim by a murder defendant – who rejected a plea based on an attorney’s bad advice and went on to be convicted by a jury – that he was entitled to constitutional relief. The case involves a murder charge against Anthony Cooper, who allegedly shot a woman as she ran away from him. After a preliminary hearing, the prosecutor made a verbal plea offer of assault with intent to murder and a recommended 51 months in prison, which is below the sentencing-guidelines minimum.

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U.S. Supreme Court justices tussle over ADA ministerial exception (access required)

During heated oral argument last week in a case involving religious doctrines, government interests and claims of job discrimination, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to carve out just how much constitutional leeway religious organizations have to fire employees without facing a job bias claim. The case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, stems from a lawsuit brought by a teacher against a parochial school claiming she was fired in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act after she took an extended medical leave for narcolepsy.

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The term of the century? (access required)

This U.S. Supreme Court term has all the makings of a blockbuster, with issues such as the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law, the ability of states to pass tough immigration enforcement laws and same-sex marriage rights all set to fall squarely at the Court’s doorstep. And those are just the cases that have not officially been added to the Court’s docket – yet.

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