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• Ruled against the Internal Revenue Service and for companies that want to claim U.S. tax credits to offset millions of dollars in windfall tax payments in Great Britain.

• Allowed a woman to collect attorney’s fees even though she waited too long to file a lawsuit claiming damage from a vaccine.

• Said that convicted murderer Burt Lancaster was not entitled to a new trial, reversing a lower court ruling that said Lancaster should have been allowed to argue that mental illness mitigated his culpability.

• Rejected the Mississippi NAACP’s challenge to the state’s 2011 elections because they were held without adopting new legislative districts to take account of 2010 census results and diluted black voting strength.

The justices also:

• Agreed to decide the extent of whistle-blower protection for people who report wrongdoing under the Sarbanes-Oxley law, which tightened accounting regulations in response to corporate scandals.

• Stepped into a dispute between Delta Air Lines and Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg, who sued Delta-owned Northwest Inc. after he was kicked out of its frequent-flier program for complaining too much.