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Federal courts issue conflicting rulings on legality of ObamaCare subsidies

By: Barnini Chakraborty

Two federal appeals court rulings put the issue of ObamaCare subsidies in limbo Tuesday, with one court invalidating some of them and the other upholding all of them.

The first decision came Tuesday morning from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The panel, in a major blow to the law, ruled 2-1 that the IRS went too far in extending subsidies to those who buy insurance through the federally run exchange, known as HealthCare.gov.

A separate federal appeals court — the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals –hours later issued its own ruling on a similar case that upheld the subsidies in their entirety.

The conflicting rulings would typically fast-track the matter to the Supreme Court. However, it is likely that the administration will ask the D.C. appeals court to first convene all 11 judges to re-hear that case.  Read the rest of this entry »

Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

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Marvin Gaye’s family “smelled money,” says a motion for summary judgment that argues that last year’s summer hit isn’t substantially similar to “Got to Give It Up.”

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Fox Wraps Up Legal Dispute Over ‘Chipmunks’ Movie (Exclusive)

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The studio spent millions of dollars to successfully fight allegations that it had violated copyright and contract rights on the mega-successful “Squeakquel.”

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A&E Television Sued Over ‘Duck Dynasty’ Camo Clothing (Exclusive)

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Si Robertson’s favorite color has set off a trademark lawsuit.

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John Travolta Can’t Stop Former Pilot’s Lawsuit Over Secrets (Exclusive)

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UPDATE: A California appeals court allows Douglas Gotterba to challenge the validity of a confidentiality agreement.

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Singaporean Jailed 3 Years for Prostitute-Referee Bribes

By: Andrea Tan

Singaporean Ding Si Yang was sentenced to three years in jail for supplying prostitutes to three Lebanese referees as part of a scheme to fix soccer matches, a crime the judge said harmed the Asian city’s image.

Match fixing offenses affect Singapore’s reputation for having low levels of corruption, Singapore District Judge Toh Yung Cheong said in delivering his sentence today. However prosecutors failed to prove that Ding was a member of a large international criminal syndicate, the judge said. Read the rest of this entry »

Execution takes nearly two hours; PD filed emergency motion after first hour

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

The execution of an Arizona inmate took nearly two hours on Wednesday, continuing even after his lawyers filed an emergency request to halt the procedure.

Witnesses said convicted double murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood snorted and gasped for breath during the lengthy execution. The state corrections department disputed that characterization, saying in a statement that Wood snored deeply but did not grimace or move. The New York Times, the Associated Press, the Arizona Republic and CNN have stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Britain plans new laws to prevent female genital mutilation

 

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 'Girl Summit 2014' at the Walworth Academy in London

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the ‘Girl Summit 2014′ at the Walworth Academy in London July 22, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

2 men get time in conspiracy to bribe federal judge overseeing $60M money-laundering case

By Martha Neil

Two men who pleaded guilty to charges that they and a third Mexican citizen tried to bribe a Texas federal judge overseeing a $65 million money-laundering case have been sentenced to a year and a day by a visiting federal judge from Lousiana.

Francisco Colorado Jr. and Ramon Segura Flores will be deported when they complete their sentences in the Austin case, reports the American-Statesman.

The third defendant accused of participating in scheme to bribe U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks with $1.2 million was sentenced in September to 20 years for his role in the money-laundering conspiracy by Sparks, who at that point knew nothing about the bribery scheme. Read the rest of this entry »

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