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The case of Bazemore vs. Friday has not been settled after 18 years. The case is a discrimination suit filed by black employees of the NC Agricultural Extension Service over salary and promotion discrimination. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the former employees, but a settlement has not been reached and the state is looking to appeal. Some speculate the state is waiting for the plaintiffs to give up or die as half of the members have already passed away.
In June 2013, the United States Supreme Court made decisions in favor of marriage equality. But the question remains, does the public embrace or oppose rulings on culturally contested issues regardless of the reasons offered in support of a decision. In the case of United States v. Windsor, it was found that the Court's reasoning in such cases did not dampen pluralism anxiety exhibited by the public in response.
The Supreme Court ruled in FTC vs. Actavis, that courts are required to apply a rule of reason analysis in determining whether a reverse payment settlement violates antitrust laws. The reverse payment settlement, which is unique to pharmaceutical litigation, enables a patent-holder to maintain exclusivity in the relevant market and keep prices higher than they would or should be.