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U.S. Supreme Court Wraps With Hobby Lobby And Union Cases

OPB | June 30, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: June 30, 2014 2 p.m.

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Update: 10 a.m. June 30: Both cases were decided on a 5-4 margin. Justices found for Hobby Lobby and against public sector unions.

The nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are wrapping up their term on Monday with the release of two decisions. The Hobby Lobby case is one of the most anticipated of the year. At issue in the case is whether the Hobby Lobby corporation must comply with the mandates of Obamacare that require employers to offer contraceptive coverage in the health plans they offer to employees. The company claims its religious beliefs preclude it from including contraceptives in health coverage. Law professor Steven Green with Willamette University says it’s an important case and the first time the court has taken up the Affordable Care Act since upholding it in 2012.

We’ll also talk about the Harris v. Quinn ruling on public unions, and discuss highlights from the term and the political dynamics behind some of the court’s decisions.

What Supreme Court cases were you most interested in this term?

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