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Your 2010-11 Guide to Key U.S. Supreme Court Cases

Job benefits, investor protection and more

2010 Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court members (first row) Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; (back row) Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan — Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

In its 2010-11 term, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered decisions in at least 11 cases that could have far-reaching consequences for Americans 50 and older.

One case could set the bar for proving that your retirement savings are less than you expected because your employer didn't properly explain your benefits plan.

Another case tests whether your credit card company can get away with raising your interest rate by mentioning the terms in the fine print of your agreement.

Yer another case, potentially involving more than 1.5 million female employees, is the biggest employment discrimination lawsuit in American history.

Other cases address employee rights, veterans benefits and health.

AARP Foundation Litigation identified all 11 cases and has filed friend-of-the-court briefs in most of them.

For a synopsis of each case, choose from the guide below.

To hear the Court's oral arguments in the case, click on the player in the Related sidebar.

First case: Will 26,000 plaintiffs in a suit over employee benefits have to prove harm individually?

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