FROM Tom Taylor
Hobby Lobby FAQs The Supreme Court ruled today that Hobby Lobby can decline to offer contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act for religious reasons. But now that we have the ruling, we’re left with many questions. Like, what is a closely held corporation? Will the ruling also allow certain corporations to not hire gays and lesbians? Does the ruling apply to all contraception?
SCOTUS Rules on Cell Phone Searches, Cable Copyright Now a constitutional right to privacy extends to the smartphones Americans hold in their hands. “The privacies of life” -- that’s how Chief Justice John Roberts put it in the unanimous ruling today. Here to explain the case and what it means for anyone carrying a cellphone is Tom Taylor, Assistant Managing Editor at Bloomberg’s BNA Law Week.
SCOTUS Strikes Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions "Congress may regulate campaign contributions to protect against corruption" but, "it may not regulate contributions simply to reduce the amount of money in politics." That's from Chief Justice John Roberts today in the latest Supreme Court decision rolling back limits on campaign donations. Tom Taylor is Assistant Managing Editor of US Law Week for Bloomberg BNA Publications.
Supreme Court Hears Union Organizing Case The US Supreme Court today heard arguments for and against a strategy used recently by unions to successfully organize workers. It's called a "neutrality agreement," and a case turns on whether it constitutes a "thing of value" under federal law. Tom Taylor is Assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA .
Supreme Court Rules that Isolated Genes Can't Be Patented A unanimous opinion today by the US Supreme Court says human genes cannot be patented after all, because they are natural phenomena. But that's not all they decided. Tom Taylor is assistant managing editor at US Law Week .
Supreme Court Says Police Can Swab for DNA The US Supreme Court ruled today that police can take cheek swabs for DNA when they make arrests, just as they can take suspects' fingerprints or photographs. It was another five-to-four decision, but this time Justice Antonin Scalia broke with fellow conservatives and sided with liberals. Tom Taylor is Assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA .
Genetic Breakthroughs: Patents and Profits Mapping the human genome began "the biological gold rush of the 21st Century," with companies now owning patents on 4000 human genes. Today, the US Supreme Court is being asked to strike down two patents on BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, genes that helped doctors discover both breast and ovarian cancer. Nobody can do that without paying Myriad Genetics , which isolated the genes. But opponents argue the genes are "products of Nature." We hear about a case with long-term implications for the future of "personalized medicine" designed to serve the needs of each individual patient.
State Laws, Federal Laws and the Institution of Marriage The federal Defense of Marriage Act was cobbled together in 1996, after the Supreme Court of Hawaii suggested there might be a right to same-sex marriage. Because of DOMA, more than 1100 rules and regulations limit taxes and benefits only to heterosexual couples. Bill Clinton now says he regrets having signed it. Lesbian plaintiff, 83-year old Edith Windsor, challenged the law, and today the US Supreme Court considered arguments that it violates the rights of gays and lesbians in states that recognize same-sex marriage. We hear about the arguments and ask whether this week's disputes are all about a declining institution — with fewer Americans getting married than ever before.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."