Volume 569

American Trucking Assns., Inc. v. Los Angeles
Docket Number: 11-798
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 13, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-798/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Port of Los Angeles is run by a Board of Harbor Commissioners under a municipal ordinance (the tariff) and leases terminal facilities to operators that load and unload ships. Federally-licensed short-haul drayage tru...

Tarrant Regional Water Dist. v. Herrmann
Docket Number: 11-889
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 13, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-889/

Justia Opinion Summary: The congressionally-sanctioned Red River Compact allocates water rights among Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The governed area is divided into five "Reaches," each divided into smaller subbasins. Because Louis...

United States v. Davila
Docket Number: 12-167
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 13, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-167/

Justia Opinion Summary: Davila, under indictment on tax fraud charges, wrote to the district court, expressing dissatisfaction with his court-appointed attorney, whom, he claimed, simply advised him to plead guilty. Davila requested new counsel...

Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.
Docket Number: 12-398
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 13, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-398/

Justia Opinion Summary: Myriad obtained patents after discovering the precise location and sequence of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, mutations of which can dramatically increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The discovery enabled Myriad t...

Horne v. Department of Agriculture
Docket Number: 12-123
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 10, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-123/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA), enacted to stabilize prices for agricultural commodities, regulate “handlers,” defined as “processors, associations of producers, and others engaged in the handlin...

Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter
Docket Number: 12-135
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 10, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-135/

Justia Opinion Summary: Sutter provided medical services to patients insured by Oxford under a fee-for-services contract that required binding arbitration of contractual disputes. Sutter filed a purported class action in state court, claiming t...

Peugh v. United States
Docket Number: 12-62
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 10, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-62/

Justia Opinion Summary: Peugh was convicted of bank fraud for conduct that occurred in 1999-2000. Under the 1998 Sentencing Guidelines, his sentencing range was 30 to 37 months, but the 2009 Guidelines yielded a range of 70 to 87 months. The di...

Hillman v. Maretta
Docket Number: 11-1221
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 3, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-1221/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act (FEGLIA) permits an employee to name a beneficiary of life insurance proceeds, and specifies an “order of precedence” providing that an employee’s death benefits accrue fir...

Maryland v. King
Docket Number: 12-207
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 3, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-207/

Justia Opinion Summary: After his arrest on first- and second-degree assault charges, King was processed through a Wicomico County, Maryland, facility, where personnel used a cheek swab to take a DNA sample pursuant to the Maryland DNA Collecti...

Nevada v. Jackson
Docket Number: 12-694
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 3, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-694/

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, defendant allegedly forced his way into the apartment of his former girlfriend, Heathmon,raped and hit her, stole a ring, and dragged her outside by the neck and hair. A witness confronted him and defendant fled...

Trevino v. Thaler
Docket Number: 11-10189
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 28, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-10189/

Justia Opinion Summary: Trevino was convicted of capital murder in Texas state court and sentenced to death. Neither new counsel appointed for direct appeal nor new counsel appointed for state collateral review raised the claim that trial couns...

McQuiggin v. Perkins
Docket Number: 12-126
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 28, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-126/

Justia Opinion Summary: Henderson was stabbed to death after leaving a party with Perkins and Jones. Perkins was charged with murder. Jones testified that Perkins alone committed the murder while Jones watched. Perkins testified that Jones a...

Arlington v. FCC
Docket Number: 11-1545
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 20, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-1545/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Communications Act of 1934 requires state or local governments to act on siting applications for wireless facilities “within a reasonable period of time after the request is duly filed.” 47 U.S.C. 332(c)(7)(B)(ii)....

Sebelius v. Cloer
Docket Number: 12-236
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 20, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-236/

Justia Opinion Summary: The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 established a no-fault compensation system to stabilize the vaccine market and expedite compensation to injured parties. Under the Act, a proceeding for compensation is “...

PPL Corp. v. Commissioner
Docket Number: 12-43
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 20, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-43/

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, the United Kingdom imposed a one-time “windfall tax” on 32 U. K. companies privatized between 1984 and 1996 by the Conservative government. The companies had been sold to private parties through an initial sale...

Metrish v. Lancaster
Docket Number: 12-547
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 20, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-547/

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Lancaster, a former police officer with a long history of severe mental-health problems, killed his girlfriend. At his jury trial in Michigan state court, Lancaster asserted a defense of diminished capacity. Und...

Bullock v. BankChampaign, N. A.
Docket Number: 11-1518
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 13, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-1518/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner’s father established a trust for the benefit of petitioner and his siblings, and made petitioner the nonprofessional trustee. The trust’s sole asset was the father’s life insurance policy. Petitioner borrowed...

Bowman v. Monsanto Co.
Docket Number: 11-796
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 13, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-796/

Justia Opinion Summary: Monsanto invented and patented Roundup Ready soybean seeds, which contain a genetic alteration that allows them to survive exposure to the herbicide glyphosate. It sells the seeds subject to a licensing agreement that pe...

Dan’s City Used Cars, Inc. v. Pelkey
Docket Number: 12-52
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 13, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-52/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA) preempts state laws “related to a price, route, or service of any motor carrier ... with respect to the transportation of property.” 49 U. S. C. 14501(c)(1)....

McBurney v. Young
Docket Number: 12-17
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 29, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-17/

Justia Opinion Summary: Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act grants Virginia citizens access to all public records, but grants no such right to non-Virginians. Citizens of other states, including the owner of a business that obtains real estat...

Moncrieffe v. Holder
Docket Number: 11-702
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 23, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-702/

Justia Opinion Summary: Moncrieffe, a Jamaican citizen legally in the U.S., was found with 1.3 grams of marijuana in his car. He pleaded guilty under Georgia law to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Under the Immigration and Na...

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.
Docket Number: 10-1491
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 17, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/10-1491/

Justia Opinion Summary: Nigerian nationals, having been granted asylum in the U.S., filed suit under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), alleging that Dutch, British, and Nigerian corporations aided and abetted the Nigerian Government in committing v...

Missouri v. McNeely
Docket Number: 11-1425
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 17, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-1425/

Justia Opinion Summary: McNeely, stopped for speeding and crossing the centerline, declined to take a breath test to measure his blood alcohol concentration (BAC). He was arrested and taken to a hospital. The officer never attempted to secure a...

Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk
Docket Number: 11-1059
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 16, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-1059/

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) on behalf of herself and “other employees similarly situated,” 29 U. S. C. 216(b). She ignored an offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6...

US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen
Docket Number: 11-1285
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 16, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-1285/

Justia Opinion Summary: The US Airways health benefits plan paid $66,866 in medical expenses for injuries suffered by McCutchen, its employee, in a car accident caused by a third party. The plan entitled US Airways to reimbursement if McCutchen...

Marshall v. Rodgers
Docket Number: 12-382
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 1, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/12-382/

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodgers was charged with making criminal threats, assault with a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Before arraignment, he executed a valid waiver of his Sixth Amendment right to counse...

Millbrook v. United States
Docket Number: 11-10362
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 27, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-10362/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) waives the government’s sovereign immunity from tort suits, but excepts from that waiver certain intentional torts, 28 U. S. C. 2680(h). Section 2680(h) contains a proviso that extends...

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend
Docket Number: 11-864
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 27, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-864/

Justia Opinion Summary: Comcast and its subsidiaries allegedly “cluster” cable television operations within a region by swapping their systems outside the region for competitor systems inside the region. Plaintiffs filed a class-action antitrus...

Florida v. Jardines
Docket Number: 11-564
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 26, 2013
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/11-564/

Justia Opinion Summary: Police took a drug-sniffing dog to Jardines’ front porch, where the dog gave a positive alert for narcotics. The officers then obtained a warrant for a search, which revealed marijuana plants. Jardines was charged with t...