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Court Strikes Down Gross-Out Cigarette Labels

Court concludes that the government can't prove graphic warnings will work

(Newser) - The government can't force cigarette makers to put disgusting imagery warning of the dangers of smoking on their packages, a federal appeals court ruled today. In a 2-1 decision, the justices upheld a lower court ruling that the labels violated free speech protections, the AP reports. They said the... More »

Court Voids FCC's Policy on Swearing

Indecency policy 'unconstitutionally vague,' judges rule

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled today that an f-bomb or two uttered on live TV isn't such a heinous crime after all. The court struck down the FCC's indecency policy on obscenities as "unconstitutionally vague," the Wall Street Journal reports. The zero-tolerance policy was so strict it violated... More »

Court Rescinds Cap on Political Spending by Nonprofits

Emily's List wins ruling on 'soft money'

(Newser) - A federal appeals court today rescinded FEC limits on “soft money,” the Washington Post reports. The federal regulations had required that funds used by a nonprofit to influence a federal election be drawn from “hard money” accounts—individual contributions of “hard money” are capped at $5,... More »

Court OKs Chrysler Sale to Fiat, Starting Monday

(Newser) - A federal appeals court today approved the sale of Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat over objections from debt holders in Indiana, the Wall Street Journal reports. The court put the sale on hold until Monday afternoon, or until the Supreme Court issues a stay—which Indiana investors say they will... More »

Obese? Court Backs Two Seats for One Fare

Those 'functionally disabled by obesity' get fare break in Canada

(Newser) - Obese air travelers in Canada who need two seats must be given the extra seat for free, Reuters reports. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Air Canada and two other airlines after they failed to win a lower court appeal on the fare issue.... More »

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