| May 19, 2014
| 5:15 PM
On Monday, the Supreme Court decided a case that featured a famous movie — and a legal doctrine that most Americans have never heard of. The immediate loser was MGM, but the ruling will also make life difficult — too difficult — for...
| May 19, 2014
| 7:51 PM
The Supreme Court revived a copyright lawsuit against MGM over recent profits from the 1980 film "Raging Bull," ruling that the heirs of writers and composers may wait decades before seeking royalties from the re-release of a famous work.
The court's 6-...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test.
| Apr 28, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Q: "My latest Comcast bill includes a new fee, the Broadcast TV Fee, for $1.50. The explanation is the 'fee recovers a portion of the cost of retransmitting television broadcast signals.' Isn't that basically what cable TV does? Why a separate fee? A...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 2:22 PM
The Supreme Court by a lopsided vote upheld an Obama administration regulation that requires states with coal-fired power plants to reduce the air pollution that drifts across Midwest and East Coast states.
“This is a big win for the nation’...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:13 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday resurrected Environmental Protection Agency rules targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders, handing the Obama administration a victory on one of its major environmental efforts.
| Mar 15, 2014
| 1:44 PM
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court after the completion of the current term in June. She turned 81 on Saturday and by all accounts she is healthy and physically and mentally able to continue. But only by resigning this summer...
| Mar 19, 2014
Re "Much depends on Ginsburg," Opinion, March 16
As a lawyer and an Irvine resident, I respect and commend Erwin Chemerinsky for what he's done as the founding dean of the UC Irvine Law School. But he's wrong to say that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 7:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday freed wealthy donors to give more money directly to congressional candidates, extending its controversial 2010 Citizens United decision that opened the door for unlimited independent spending on political...
| Apr 3, 2014
On Wednesday, conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court continued their project of undermining reasonable attempts by Congress to limit the corrupting influence of money in election campaigns. The same 5-4 majority that lifted limits on corporate...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 4:30 PM
As chief justice, I have no doubt that John G. Roberts' number one goal is to turn this democracy into a plutocracy. And he's well on his way to doing so.
It didn't start with the Roberts Court, of course. It started with the court's 1976 Buckley v....