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Who's To Say The Word 'Slants' Offends Asians? The Supreme Court, That's Who.

18 minutes agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ? The Supreme Court tends to take a skeptical view whenever the government polices speech it doesn’t like. But what if the government simply denies a trademark that it deems offensive to a racial or ethnic group? The U.S.Show More Summary

Supreme Court hears case of Muslims detained after 9/11

Supreme Court weighs case by Muslims to decide whether men alleging religious discrimination had right to sue officials.

Ricky Gray Executed In Virginia For 2006 Killing Spree

1 hour agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia inmate was executed on Wednesday for murdering two young sisters during a 2006 killing spree, after the Supreme Court denied a stay request where he argued the use of compounded lethal drugs violated his constitutional rights. Ricky Gray, 39, died by lethal injection at 9:42 p.m. Show More Summary

SF dance school can seek relocation damages, high court rules

The state Supreme Court cleared the way for the nonprofit dance school at the San Francisco Presidio to seek damages for the losses it suffered by having to relocate when Caltrans demolished its building to make way for restructuring...Show More Summary

What Does Today’s Supreme Court Oral Argument Mean for the First Amendment?

Early this morning I previewed for you a major First Amendment case that was argued in the Supreme Court today: Lee v. Tam. The Court will decide whether the government can deny trademark protection to trademarks (like the band name “The Slants” or the team name “The Redskins”) which it finds to be disparaging. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Weighs Whether Bush Officials Can Be Sued Over Post-9/11 Abuse

Eight men who were imprisoned after the attacks and later found to have no connection to terrorism argued that government policies led to their mistreatment.

‘Redskins’ Slur Wins at Supreme Court

7 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

In a case about an Asian-American band called The Slants, justices seemed skeptical of the trademark offices ban on disparaging terms like the one used by Washingtons NFL team.

Will SCOTUS Tilt Towards The Slants in Offensive Names Case?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in Lee v. Tam, the much-anticipated case over trademark registration, free speech, and disparaging names. The Slants, an Asian-American "Chinatown dance rock" band, had its trademark rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Slants' name, the PTO explained, was......

Asian American band the Slants takes its trademark battle to the Supreme Court: Is it free speech or a racial slur?

Obama strikes an optimistic tone for his final news conference Jan. 18, 2017, 3:08 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Obama says he is hopeful for the future, a contrast from other Democrats Senate hearings continue for Trump's...

Justice Sotomayor Wonders Whether 'Trump Is A Thief' Trademark Is Legal

8 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ? In a closely watched trademark case the Supreme Court heard on Wednesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor posed a hypothetical question starring none other than the man who’s about to be president. The court wasn’t hearing a case...Show More Summary

Does Refusal to Register a Mark Violate the First Amendment?

by Dennis Crouch USPTO v. Tam (Supreme Court 2017) The Supreme Court today held oral arguments in the trademark battle over whether the rock band can register its name THE SLANTS. The PTO argues “no” because the name is disparaging to Asians and Congress does not allow registration of marks “which may disparage … persons, […]

Justices Appear Willing to Protect Offensive Trademarks

The Supreme Court indicated that a federal law denying protection to disparaging trademarks was hard to reconcile with the First Amendment.

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court raised doubts Wednesday about a law that bars the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive. Continue reading ? The post Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Obama Lawyer Urges Supreme Court To Shield High-Ranking Officials From Lawsuits

8 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ? Two days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration did him a big favor by telling the Supreme Court it would be best to insulate high-ranking Bush-era officials who stand accused of unconstitutional conduct in the aftermath of the Sept. Show More Summary

US justices weigh detainee lawsuit against Bush officials

8 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Conservative Supreme Court justices on Wednesday voiced skepticism about allowing legal claims to proceed against former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and others made by non-U.S. citizens, mainly Muslims, swept up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks who said they were abused in detention. The...

Supreme Court hears dispute over offensive trademark

8 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared concerned about allowing federal trademarks for racial slurs in a case involving an Asian-American rock band called The Slants that could impact the high-profile dispute over the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. The eight justices heard...

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Supreme Court of Canada: 2016 in Numbers

The Court.ca, the blog of the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, has published a statistical overview of the decisions the Supreme Court of Canada delivered in 2016:"2016 was a fairly quiet year for the Supreme Court. In total, 60 appeals were decided through 55 individually indexed reasons for judgment. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Ruling in Bill Clinton Sexual Misconduct Case Could Spell Trouble for Trump

9 hours agoNews : Truthdig

A former contestant on Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice” alleges he sexually assaulted her in 2007. (Flickr / CC 2.0) A 1997 Supreme Court decision that ultimately doomed the presidency of Bill Clinton could come back to haunt Donald Trump. In Clinton v. Show More Summary

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