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US court sends labor cases back for further review

July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has asked appeals courts to take another look at two cases involving disputes decided by the National Labor Relations Board.

The justices on Tuesday ordered the cases to be re-examined in light its recent decision on a president’s power to fill administration posts while the Senate is on a break.

The court last week ruled that three of President Barack Obama’s recess appointments made to the board in 2012 were invalid because the Senate had not taken a long enough break and was still conducting business.

But these cases involve challenges to a different recess appointee that Obama installed in 2010, when the Senate had adjourned for two weeks. The NLRB is likely to prevail when the cases are reconsidered by courts in Atlanta and Virginia.

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