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Don’t hold your breath for a new stimulus check

September 22nd, 2020

Two events that almost never happen simultaneously in the US are conspiring together to all but destroy any chance of Congress passing a new stimulus bill that appropriates funding for new stimulus checks. Those two events are a highly contentious presidential election that may not even be settled on Election Day, because of such issues as …

Pirates Bay founders’ Supreme Court appeal rejected, sentence finalized

February 1st, 2012

On Wednesday, Sweden’s Supreme Court announced that it decided not to grant an appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay trial. After a nine-day trial in April 2009, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström were found guilty of assistance to copyright infringement and sentenced to one year each in prison and payment of …

Supreme Court rejects violent video game law

June 27th, 2011

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court rejected a law that would make it illegal for video game stores and publishers to sell or rent violent video games to minors. The law, which was adopted in 2005 and rejected in a 7-2 vote, was deemed unconstitutional and against freedom of speech rights. According to Reuters, …

Microsoft ordered to pay $290M patent fine

June 9th, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Microsoft in an appeal tied to a major patent dispute, ordering the Redmond-based company to pay a record $290 million patent fine. Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to uphold an earlier judgement stating Microsoft had infringed patents belonging to small Canadian software firm i4i. The judgement comes …