Volume 572

Bond v. United States
Docket Number: 12-158
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 2, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-158/

Justia Opinion Summary: Bond sought revenge for her husband’s affair by spreading toxic chemicals on Haynes’s car, mailbox, and door knob, in hopes that Haynes would develop a rash. Haynes suffered a minor chemical burn that she treated by rins...

Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Docket Number: 12-786
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 2, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-786/

Justia Opinion Summary: Akamai is the exclusive licensee of a patent that claims a method of delivering electronic data using a content delivery network (CDN). Limelight also operates a CDN and carries out several of the steps claimed in the pa...

Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc
Docket Number: 13-369
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 2, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/13-369/

Justia Opinion Summary: A patent specification must “conclude with one or more claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as [the] invention,” 35 U.S.C. 112. The 753 patent involves...

Hall v. Florida
Docket Number: 12-10882
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 27, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-10882/

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Supreme Court held that the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments forbid the execution of persons with intellectual disability, Hall asked a Florida state court to vacate his sentence, presenting evidence that inclu...

Plumhoff v. Rickard
Docket Number: 12-1117
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 27, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1117/

Justia Opinion Summary: After a traffic stop, Rickard refused to produce identification or step out of the car, but led police officers on a high-speed chase. After a spin-out in a parking lot, Rickard continued to accelerate, even though his...

Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community
Docket Number: 12-515
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 27, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-515/

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Michigan entered into a compact with the Bay Mills Indian Community pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), 25 U.S.C. 2710(d)(1)(C). The compact authorizes Bay Mills to conduct class III gaming...

Wood v. Moss
Docket Number: 13-115
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 27, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/13-115/

Justia Opinion Summary: While campaigning for a second term, President George W. Bush planned to spend the night at a Jacksonville, Oregon, cottage. Local law enforcement permitted supporters and protesters to assemble on opposite sides of a st...

Martinez v. Illinois
Docket Number: 13-5967
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 27, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/13-5967/

Justia Opinion Summary: Martinez was indicted in 2006 on charges of aggravated battery and mob action against the state. After significant delays, caused by both sides, his trial was set to begin on May 17, 2010. His counsel was ready; the pros...

Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Docket Number: 12-1315
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 19, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1315/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Copyright Act protects works published before 1978 for 28 years, renewable for up to 67 years, 17 U.S.C. 304(a). An author’s heirs inherit renewal rights. If an author who has assigned rights dies before the renewal...

Town of Greece v. Galloway
Docket Number: 12-696
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 5, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-696/

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 1999, Greece, New York has opened monthly town board meetings with a roll call, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and a prayer by a local clergy member. While the prayer program is open to all creeds, nearly...

Robers v. United States
Docket Number: 12-9012
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 5, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-9012/

Justia Opinion Summary: Robers, convicted of submitting fraudulent mortgage loan applications to two banks, argued that the district court miscalculated his restitution obligation under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996, 18 U.S.C. 3...

Tolan v. Cotton
Docket Number: 13-551
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 5, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/13-551/

Justia Opinion Summary: At 2:00 a.m., December 31, 2008, Officer Edwards was patrolling Bellaire, Texas. He saw a black Nissan SUV park in front of a house; Tolan and Cooper emerged. Edwards attempted to enter the license plate number into his...

Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc.
Docket Number: 12-1163
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 29, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1163/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Patent Act provides: “The court in exceptional cases may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party,” 35 U.S.C. 285. The Federal Circuit has interpreted section 285 as authorizing fee awards only “when th...

EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L. P.
Docket Number: 12-1182
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 29, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1182/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for pollutants at levels that will protect public health, 42 U.S.C. 7408. Once EPA establishes NAAQS, it designates “nonattainment” areas; e...

Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
Docket Number: 12-1184
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 29, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1184/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Patent Act authorizes district courts to award attorney’s fees to prevailing parties in “exceptional cases,” 35 U.S.C. 285. In Brooks Furniture, the Federal Circuit defined an “exceptional case” as one which either i...

White v. Woodall
Docket Number: 12-794
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 23, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-794/

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to capital murder, capital kidnaping, and first-degree rape, the statutory aggravating circumstance for the murder. At the penalty phase, the trial court denied defense counsel’s request to instr...

Paroline v. United States
Docket Number: 12-8561
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 23, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-8561/

Justia Opinion Summary: The victim was sexually abused as a young girl during production of child pornography. When she was 17, she learned that images of her abuse were being trafficked on the Internet. Paroline pleaded guilty to possessing im...

Schuette v. BAMN
Docket Number: 12-682
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 22, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-682/

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Supreme Court decided that the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admissions plan’s use of race-based preferences violated the Equal Protection Clause, but that its law school admission plan’s limited use d...

Prado Navarette v. California
Docket Number: 12-9490
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 22, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-9490/

Justia Opinion Summary: A California Highway Patrol officer stopped a pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle that a 911 caller had recently reported as having run her off the road. As officers approached the truck, they smelled...

Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg
Docket Number: 12-462
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 2, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-462/

Justia Opinion Summary: Northwest terminated plaintiff’s membership in its frequent flyer program. A provision in the frequent flyer agreement gave Northwest sole discretion to determine whether a participant had abused the program. Plaintiff c...

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Comm’n
Docket Number: 12-536
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 2, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-536/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, impose base limits, restricting how much money a donor may contribute to a particular candidate or committee, and aggregate limits...

United States v. Castleman
Docket Number: 12-1371
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 26, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1371/

Justia Opinion Summary: Castleman was indicted under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9), for possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.” He argued that his Tennessee conviction for “intentionally or knowingly c...

United States v. Quality Stores, Inc.
Docket Number: 12-1408
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 25, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1408/

Justia Opinion Summary: Quality Stores made severance payments to employees who were involuntarily terminated in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The payments were made pursuant to plans that did not tie payments to the receipt of state unemployment...

Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc.
Docket Number: 12-873
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 25, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-873/

Justia Opinion Summary: Lexmark sells the only type of toner cartridges that work with its laser printers; remanufacturers acquire and refurbish used Lexmark cartridges to sell in competition with Lexmark’s new and refurbished cartridges. Lexma...

Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States
Docket Number: 12-1173
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 10, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-1173/

Justia Opinion Summary: The General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875 provides railroad companies “right[s] of way through the public lands of the United States,” 43 U.S.C. 934. One such right of way, created in 1908, crosses land that the gove...

BG Group plc v. Republic of Argentina
Docket Number: 12-138
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 5, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-138/

Justia Opinion Summary: An investment treaty between the U.K. and Argentina authorizes a party to submit a dispute to “the competent tribunal of the Contracting Party in whose territory the investment was made,” and permits arbitration if, 18 m...

Lozano v. Montoya Alvarez
Docket Number: 12-820
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 5, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-820/

Justia Opinion Summary: Alvarez and Lozano lived with their daughter in London until November 2008, when Alvarez and the child moved to a women’s shelter. In July 2009, they left the U.K., ultimately settling in New York. Lozano did not locate...

Rosemond v. United States
Docket Number: 12-895
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 5, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/572/12-895/

Justia Opinion Summary: Rosemond participated in a drug deal in which either he or one of his associates fired a gun. Because the shooter’s identity was disputed, the government charged Rosemond with violating 18 U.S.C. 924(c) by using or carry...