US president Barack Obama meets  a group of “dreamers” – immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.A federal judge in Texas has blocked Mr Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation,   claiming  the president is exceeding his legal authority.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation have been blocked by a US federal judge in Texas(...)

Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith: “Ultimately it’s about trust.”

Some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Apple and Amazon are supporting Microsoft in a dispute with the US Government over access (...)

Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

Carmine Boccuzzi (centre), a lawyer representing Argentina from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Argentina has threatened to default on its debt when the government called it “impossible” to pay bond service due on June 30th, citing a US court de(...)

More than two dozen state attorneys general have joined the US Department of Justice in suing Apple over e-books price fixing. Those states, as well as a group of consumers, are seeking up to $840 million in damages

A US appeals court has rejected Apple’s bid to delay a July trial to determine damages after the company was found to have colluded to fix the prices (...)

Google has settled a landmark copyright lawsuit in which Viacom accused the Internet search company of posting its programmes on the YouTube vi(...)

A file image showing same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin holding a gay marriage pride flag in front of the  Supreme Court.   A judge last night overturned Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. Many legal experts believe that this case or another among the dozens being argued around the country will eventually be taken up by the US Supreme Court.  Photograph: Getty

A federal judge last night declared that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, in the strongest legal reversal yet of rest(...)

A federal appeals court has revived British buyout mogul Guy Hands’s lawsuit accusing Citigroup of deceiving him into overpaying for EMI, the multinat(...)