Steve Ballmer, then Microsoft chief executive, speaking about the XBox 360 in 2011. Photograph: Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of Microsoft in its bid to fend off class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who said the popular videoga(...)

Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court. Lee was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing Debra Reese with a tire iron in February 1993. Photograph: AP

Arkansas has overcome a flurry of court challenges which derailed three other executions and put to death an inmate for the first time in nearly 12 ye(...)

Newly sworn-in US supreme court justice  Neil Gorsuch speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Neil Gorsuch, picked by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, was sworn in as a US supreme court justice at the White Hou(...)

Headless pint: House Speaker Paul Ryan gives a toast with a pint of Guinness  this week. Photograph:  Al Drago/The New York Times

There was great excitement among grammar enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic this week, thanks to a ruling by a US Court of Appeal.   In c(...)

Ivanka Trump and and Jared Kushner, the two most influential social liberals in President Trump’s inner circle, helped kill a proposed executive order that would have scrapped Obama-era LGBT protections. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

The two most influential social liberals in US president Donald Trump’s inner circle , daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, helped kill a pro(...)

Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in The Crown

Now that Christmas has arrived, it’s time for political junkies to take some downtime. Here are some ideas on how they might treat themselves over the(...)

Garrett Kelleher:  invested $2.85m  in the efforts of AJA to enforce a $66.5 million judgment against US insurer Cigna Worldwide (CWW)

Irish developer Garrett Kelleher could shortly learn the extent of the legal bill he is facing as a result of his involvement in a failed €60 million(...)

Lock her up: Donald Trump supporters protest against Hillary Clinton in the run-up to this week’s US presidential election. Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

The late Democratic governor of New York Mario Cuomo famously remarked about political promises that you campaign in poetry but govern in prose. Dona(...)

Samsung is challenging to the $399 million it was forced to pay Apple for violating three patents regarding the iPhone’s rounded-corner front face, bezel and colourful grid of icons.  Photograph: Getty Images

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday signalled a willingness to reduce the potentially huge penalties imposed for ripping off a patented design as it heard(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in  Miami, Florida, on Friday. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump called for disarming the bodyguards who protect his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Friday, and mused about the consequences of such(...)