WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court yesterday left intact a federal appeals court ruling that allowed construction workers on some projects in New York City to use a federal civil rights law to sue the city for not paying prevailing wages.

However, the impact of the high court's action is muted because the justices did not issue an opinion in the case. Under Supreme Court rules, refusal to hear a case does not set a national precedent. Rather, the lower court's ruling is binding only within its jurisdiction.

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