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The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with a remembrance of “a dear friend and a treasured colleague,” the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Oct. 5)

AP Domestic

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has for decades limited access to the nation’s courthouse doors. On Wednesday, it came face to face with one of the consequences.

Ford Motor Co. came before the justices contending that accident victims in Minnesota and Montana cannot sue for damages in their home states because the cars were not sold there originally. The company had most of the high court’s precedents on its side.

That predicament didn’t sit well with several justices on both sides of the ideological aisle. Why, they asked, shouldn’t a Minnesota man who suffered brain damage due to an inoperable airbag and the relatives of a Montana woman who died in a rollover accident be able to sue where they