The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit ruling that revived investors' claims over chipmaker Nvidia's crypto mining sales, giving the high court a chance to weigh in on the pleading requirements needed to sustain a shareholder class action.
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Justices To Hear Nvidia Case On Securities Pleading Standard

By Jessica Corso

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit ruling that revived investors' claims over chipmaker Nvidia's crypto mining sales, giving the high court a chance to weigh in on the pleading requirements needed to sustain a shareholder class action.

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Justices To Decide If False Claims Act Applies To E-Rate

By Ali Sullivan

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review whether reimbursement requests made to the Federal Communications Commission's E-rate program for schools and libraries are "claims" under the False Claims Act.

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Analysis

Top Patent Eligibility Rulings In The Decade Since Alice

By Ryan Davis

The U.S. Supreme Court's Alice v. CLS Bank decision 10 years ago this week led to scores of inventions being found ineligible for patenting, and rulings since then have fleshed out the law on the contentious topic. Here's a look at the most notable patent eligibility decisions after Alice.

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Justices Reject Dispute Over $3.1B South Korean Military Deal

By Daniel Wilson

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider the scope of commercial activities in a case brought by a brokerage firm fighting the loss of a $3.1 billion South Korean military satellite deal.

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'What Am I Supposed To Do?': Epic-Apple Doc Row Irks Judge

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge presiding over Epic Games' high-stakes antitrust compliance fight against Apple expressed frustration Monday with the parties' disagreement over the scope of Apple's document production, asking counsel repeatedly "What am I supposed to do?" and "Do I need to get somebody on the stand to explain this?"

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9th Circ. Says Facebook 'Face Signatures' Not Subject To BIPA

By Rachel Riley

The Ninth Circuit sided with Meta Platforms on Monday by declining to revive an Illinois resident's proposed class action accusing Facebook of breaking the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, ruling that the "face signature" at issue isn't protected by the law because it cannot be used to identify someone.

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Ad Tech Judge Says No 'Moving Target' Damages, No Jury

By Bryan Koenig

A Virginia federal judge refused to consider the government's "late-arriving" math on how much federal agencies were overcharged by Google's digital advertising placement technology, according to an order unsealed Friday, a decision that allowed Google to successfully short-circuit the U.S. Department of Justice's damages claim and avoid a jury trial sought by the agency.

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FTC Says Adobe Uses Fee To Trap Consumers In Subscription

By Lauren Berg

Adobe Inc. has for years deceived customers by keeping them in the dark about an early termination fee for its most lucrative subscription plan, making it difficult to cancel and trapping consumers in subscriptions they no longer want, the Federal Trade Commission alleged Monday.

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Judge Cements Decision Clearing Cisco From $2.75B Ruling

By Andrew Karpan

There will be not be a third trial for a cybersecurity startup that has seen its multibillion-dollar patent win turn into nothing at all, a Virginia federal judge has decided, after a second trial found that Cisco wasn't actually infringing its patents.

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Microsoft Renews Sanctions Bid Against Texas IP Law Firm

By Bonnie Eslinger

Microsoft asked a Texas federal court Friday to order Ramey LLP to pay its $100,000 attorneys' fees tab for "vexatiously" pursuing infringement litigation against it, even when the patent plaintiffs firm's now-former client CTD Networks LLC called for it to end.

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Startup Wants To Add More Than $200M To Boeing IP Verdict

By Greg Lamm

Zunum Aero Inc. is urging a Washington federal judge to significantly boost a $72 million jury verdict against the Boeing Co. for misappropriating the electric jet startup's trade secrets, including adding $162.5 million in exemplary damages and nearly $52 million in legal costs and interest.

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Brief

US Surgeon General To Seek Warning Label On Social Media

By Jonathan Capriel

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has called on lawmakers to require social media companies to put warnings on their sites that say young people who use them have more mental health issues, according to an opinion article published on Monday.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Sen. Spectrum Bill Called Inadequate For Connectivity Needs

By Christopher Cole

A Senate bill to renew the Federal Communications Commission's authority to auction spectrum is facing criticism from a technology think tank as the legislation heads to a committee vote Tuesday.

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T-Mobile To Consider Changing 'Price Lock' Ads After Dispute

By Jared Foretek

T-Mobile said it will look into modifying "Price Lock" advertising claims after AT&T told the Better Business Bureau that the ads mislead consumers by suggesting that T-Mobile locks in a certain price, when it only offers a free month of home internet service under certain conditions if the price goes up.

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Repeat Violations Land Ore. Forwarder Export Denial Order

By Jennifer Doherty

An Oregon-based package forwarder has lost export privileges just days before clearing a three-year probationary period for alleged unlicensed rifle scope exports, after an audit revealed 176 new violations, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday.

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LITIGATION

Toss Universal Service Fund Challenge, FCC Urges 5th Circ.

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission on Monday urged the Fifth Circuit to throw out a challenge to the agency's telecom subsidy system after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a pair of similar cases.

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Bitcoin Mining Hosting Vendor Can't Dodge $6.4M Suit

By Sydney Price

A Washington federal judge told a crypto computer host that it must face a suit from a bitcoin mining company accusing it of failing to return equipment worth $6.4 million, finding the hosting agreement allowed the mining company to demand access to all the equipment if the host failed to meet its obligations.

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Mich. Justice Wants Tax-Break Filing Options After Mail Fiasco

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Michigan Supreme Court justice called on the state Legislature to give taxpayers more flexibility in claiming property tax exemptions after a company lost out on an exemption because the U.S. Postal Service never delivered its paperwork.

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Huawei Slams Netgear's 'Tenuous' RICO Case

By Andrew Karpan

Huawei has responded to a racketeering and antitrust case from a major U.S. maker of Wi-Fi routers by calling it "rife with tenuous legal and factual claims" and comparing its reworking of patent infringement allegations to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's failed antitrust case against Qualcomm.

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L3Harris Rips Moog's Counterclaims In $78M Contract Suit

By Carolina Bolado

L3Harris Technologies Inc. urged a Florida federal court Friday to throw out breach of contract counterclaims from fellow defense contractor Moog Inc., which it has accused of failing to timely deliver critical satellite parts under several subcontracts worth $77.9 million.

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

By Leslie A. Pappas

Proposed amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law that were prompted by several recent Chancery Court rulings sailed through the state Senate last week despite loud opposition from corporate law professors and other Chancery Court watchers, and Tesla shareholders filed two new suits against CEO Elon Musk. 

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Brief

Tesla Says Texas Charter, Musk Pay Have Impact In Delaware

By Jeff Montgomery

Pointing to recent Tesla stockholder votes to reincorporate in Texas and approve a mammoth Elon Musk pay package voided in Delaware, an attorney for Tesla has asked the Court of Chancery to reconsider holding a July 8 hearing on a proposed multibillion fee for class attorneys who won the Musk salary put-down.

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DEALS

King & Spalding Repping IQVentures On $504M Aaron's Buy

By Al Barbarino

King & Spalding LLP-repped IQVentures Holdings has agreed to purchase Atlanta-based lease-to-own provider The Aaron's Co. Inc., represented by Jones Day, at an enterprise value of about $504 million, Aaron's said in a Monday statement.

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TAX

OECD Tax Plan Is Developing Nations' Best Choice, Prof Says

By Kevin Pinner

Developing countries could gain more revenue from the OECD's multilateral plan to tax the digital economy than the U.N. Tax Committee's bilateral alternative because they have small treaty networks, many customers and few large companies, an academic argued Monday during an Oxford University panel.

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BANKRUPTCY

FTX, Customers Lay Claim To SBF's $11B Forfeiture Tab

By Ben Zigterman

FTX told the New York federal court that hit the company's founder Sam Bankman-Fried with a 25-year prison sentence and an $11 billion forfeiture order that the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange has a right to those funds, while a group of its former clients asserted a similar claim for itself.

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ENFORCEMENT

Calif. Becomes Last State To Ink Deal Over Blackbaud Breach

By Allison Grande

Blackbaud Inc. has agreed to pay $6.75 million to resolve data security claims brought by California's attorney general, who was the only one to sit out a nearly $50 million settlement that the software provider reached last year with every other state over a 2020 ransomware attack that affected thousands of its customers.

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Consulting Firms To Pay $11.3M Over Rent Help Site Breach

By Elliot Weld

A consulting firm and its subcontractor have agreed to pay $11.3 million to resolve a False Claims Act suit alleging that they allowed the personal data of low-income New Yorkers to be compromised while operating a pandemic-era rental assistance program website.

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SEC Alleges Texas Man Offered Virgin Sham $200M 'Lifeline'

By Gina Kim

Securities regulators sued a venture capitalist and his investment firm in Texas federal court Monday, accusing the firm of making a bogus offer to invest $200 million into Virgin Orbit last year despite having less than $1 in its bank account and causing stock prices to swell before plummeting when the deal collapsed.

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Google Says Texas Took Opposing Positions On Key Law

By Matthew Perlman

Google told a Texas federal court the state attorney general's office made arguments in the case accusing the tech giant of monopolizing display advertising technology that directly contradict arguments the state is making in a case challenging the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

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Brief

Bookstores Appeal Denied Bid To Join FTC's Amazon Case

By Matthew Perlman

A trade association for bookstores is appealing to the Ninth Circuit after a lower court refused its request to intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust suit against Amazon that raises concerns about the e-commerce giant's sale of books and contracts with publishers.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Cyber Takeaways For Cos. From Verizon Data Breach Report

Camilo Artiga-Purcell at Kiteworks analyzes the key findings of the 2024 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report from a legal perspective, examining the implications for organizations' cybersecurity strategies and compliance efforts.

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What 4 Cyber Protection Actions Mean For Marine Transport

Several recent steps by the Biden administration are necessary to address the cyber threats that increasingly disrupt the maritime sector, but also impose new legal risks, liabilities and operating costs on the owners and operators of U.S.-flagged vessels and facilities, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

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Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Q&A

Lambda Legal Calls For More LGBTQ+ Judges

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden has made a historic increase in the diversity of judicial appointees, but a major LGBTQ+ legal organization is hoping for more progress with LGBTQ+ judges and says the clock is ticking.

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High Court Will Mull Proof Needed For Wage-Hour Carveout

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a wage and hour case from a supermarket distributor, teeing up an opportunity for the justices to articulate the standard by which an employer must demonstrate workers are exempt from overtime.

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Milbank Snags FTC Competition Trial Chief For DC Office

By Lauren Berg

Milbank LLP announced Monday it has hired the chief trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, bulking up its Washington, D.C., antitrust and competition practice with a veteran litigator who led the government's challenge to Microsoft Corp.'s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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Columbia Law Adds UChicago Vice Provost As 1st Black Dean

By Tracey Read

A former deputy dean at the University of Chicago Law School will take over as dean of Columbia Law School on Aug. 1, Columbia University President Minouche Shafik announced Monday.

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NYC Bar Blasts Judges' Columbia Boycott Letter

By Sue Reisinger

The New York City Bar Association on Monday questioned the impartiality of 13 federal judges who issued a letter last month publicly refusing to hire students from Columbia Law School as clerks because of campus political protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

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Texas Bar Proposes Limits On Services From In-House Attys

By Lynn LaRowe

The State Bar of Texas said in-house lawyers working for companies owned by nonattorneys are barred from providing legal services to the businesses' customers unless the work meets specific criteria because otherwise, the companies run afoul of rules forbidding the unauthorized practice of law, according to a proposed ethics opinion.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Turn Over Q&A Doc

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of a coordinated effort to "judge shop" amid federal suits challenging an Alabama law banning certain medical procedures for transgender youth must supply a document the court believes displays the attorneys' preparations for a panel hearing in which one of the attorneys allegedly committed perjury.

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NJ Firm Defends Lien On Ex-Client's Patents After Unpaid Bills

By Andrew Karpan

A major New Jersey law firm said it has a "common law" right to place a lien on its former client's patents without telling it, after the "failed" biopharmaceutical startup fired the firm and stopped paying its outstanding legal bills.

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NJ Power Broker, Firm CEO Brother Accused Of Racketeering

By George Woolston

Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.

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Clients Say McGrath Kavinoky 'Bullied' Them Into Abuse Deal

By Jack Karp

California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.

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Man In Murder-For-Hire Plot To Kill Atty Gets Extradited To NY

By Gina Kim

An Indian national indicted in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to assassinate an attorney connected to a Punjab political revolution has been extradited to the Southern District of New York and made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, during which he pled not guilty to the criminal charges against him.

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McConnell Denounces Judicial Nominee For District Of Ore.

By Courtney Bublé

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor on Monday to criticize Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai, a nominee for a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon whose confirmation vote is teed up for Tuesday. 

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Brief

Biden: High Court 'Never Been As Out Of Kilter'

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden said at a campaign event over the weekend that the U.S. Supreme Court "has never been as out of kilter as it is today."

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ADVA Optical Networking

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Adobe Inc.

Albertsons Cos. Inc.

Alliance Defending Freedom

Alstom SA

Amazon.com Inc.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Home Assurance Co.

Apple Inc.

BBB National Programs Inc.

Blackbaud Inc.

BrandsMart USA Inc.

CTIA

Chegg Inc.

Cisco Systems Inc.

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cott Corporation

De Novo

Delaware State Bar Association

Epic Games Inc.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Google LLC

Guidehouse Inc.

HP Inc.

Hearst Corp.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

International Association of Better Business Bureaus Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kiteworks

L3Harris Technologies Inc.

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

Moog Inc.

NETGEAR, Inc.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

New York City Bar Association

Oregon State Bar

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

ProQuest LLC

Public Citizen Inc.

QUALCOMM Inc.

Retrophin Inc.

Sales Inc.

Salesforce.com Inc.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

Spectrum Management Holding Co.

State Bar of Texas

Stephens Inc.

T-Mobile US Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The AES Corp.

The American Law Institute

The Boeing Co.

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Inc.

The Kroger Co.

The Michaels Organization

The New York Times Co.

Therapeutics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UCLA Health System

United States Telecom Association

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.

Virgin Orbit LLC

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Yale University

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Axinn Veltrop

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Bernstein Litowitz

Blank Rome

Boies Schiller

Boyden Gray

Brown & Connery

Carey Rodriguez Milian

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Corr Cronin

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

Crowell & Moring

DLA Piper

Day Pitney

Dominick Feld

Duane Morris

Dykema Gossett

Farella Braun

Freshfields

Gibson Dunn

Gillam Smith

Goldberg Kohn

Gordon Rees

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Holwell Shuster

Hopkins & Carley

Hueston Hennigan

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

Joseph Hage Aaronson

Kaufman & Canoles

Keller Postman

Kessler Topaz

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Knobbe Martens

Kramer Levin

Lando & Anastasi

Lanier Law Firm

Lightfoot Franklin

Manly Stewart

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McCarter & English

McDermott Will & Emery

McKool Smith

Melehy & Associates

Milbank LLP

Milian Legal Group

Morgan Lewis

Morrison Foerster

Moskowitz Law Firm

Mukasey Young

Nixon Peabody

Norton Rose

O'Hagan Meyer

O'Neil Cannon

Parker McCay

Paul Weiss

Perkins Coie

Poole Huffman

Ramey LLP

Shook Hardy

Smith Alling

Spencer Fane

Stein Sperling

Sullivan & Cromwell

Sunstein LLP

Susman Godfrey

The Office of Craig C. Reilly

Thompson Coburn

Troutman Pepper

Weil Gotshal

White & Case

Whitestone Law

Williams & Connolly

Yetter Coleman

​Bottini & Bottini

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

California Department of Justice

California Public Employees' Retirement System

Delaware Court of Chancery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Los Angeles Superior Court

National Institute of Standards and Technology

New York State Comptroller

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United Nations