Volume 573

Harris v. Quinn
Docket Number: 11-681
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 30, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/11-681/

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois’ Home Services Rehabilitation Program allows Medi­caid recipients who would normally need institutional care to hire a personal assistant (PA) to provide homecare. Under state law, homecare customers control hir...

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
Docket Number: 13-354
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 30, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-354/

Justia Opinion Summary: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) require that employers’ group health plans furnish preventive care and screenings for women...

McCullen v. Coakley
Docket Number: 12-1168
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 26, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-1168/

Justia Opinion Summary: Massachusetts amended its Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act to make it a crime to knowingly stand on a “public way or sidewalk” within 35 feet of an entrance or driveway to any “reproductive health care facility,”...

NLRB v. Noel Canning
Docket Number: 12-1281
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 26, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-1281/

Justia Opinion Summary: The nominations of three members of the National Labor Relations Board were pending in the Senate when it passed a December 17, 2011, resolution providing for a series of “pro forma session[s],” with “no business ... tra...

Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer
Docket Number: 12-751
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 25, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-751/

Justia Opinion Summary: Fifth Third maintains a defined-contribution retirement savings plan for its employees. Participants may direct their contributions into any of several investment options, including an “employee stock ownership plan” (ES...

Riley v. California
Docket Number: 13-132
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 25, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-132/

Justia Opinion Summary: Riley was stopped for a traffic violation, which led to his arrest on weapons charges. An officer searching Riley incident to the arrest seized a cell phone from Riley’s pants pocket, accessed information on the phone, a...

American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc.
Docket Number: 13-461
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 25, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-461/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Copyright Act of 1976 gives a copyright owner the “exclusive righ[t]” to “perform the copyrighted work publicly,” 17 U.S.C. 106(4), including the right to “transmit or otherwise communicate ... the [copyrighted] work...

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA
Docket Number: 12-1146
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 23, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-1146/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Clean Air Act requires permits for stationary sources, such as factories and powerplants. The Act’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” (PSD) provisions make it unlawful to construct or modify a “major emitting...

Loughrin v. United States
Docket Number: 13-316
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 23, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-316/

Justia Opinion Summary: The bank fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. 1344(2), makes it a crime to “knowingly execut[e] a scheme ... to obtain” property owned by, or under the custody of, a bank “by means of false or fraudulent pretenses.” Loughrin was cha...

Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.
Docket Number: 13-317
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 23, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-317/

Justia Opinion Summary: Investors can recover damages in a private securities fraud action only with proof that they relied on misrepresentation in deciding to buy or sell stock. The Supreme Court held, in "Basic," that the requirement could be...

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l
Docket Number: 13-298
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 19, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-298/

Justia Opinion Summary: Alice Corporation holds patents that disclose a scheme for mitigating “settlement risk,” i.e., the risk that only one party to an agreed-upon financial exchange will satisfy its obligation. The patent claims are designed...

United States v. Clarke
Docket Number: 13-301
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 19, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-301/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued summonses to four individuals, seeking information and records relevant to the tax obligations of Dynamo, 26 U.S.C.7602. When they failed to comply, the IRS brought an enforcemen...

Lane v. Franks
Docket Number: 13-483
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 19, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-483/

Justia Opinion Summary: Lane, Director of CITY, a program for underprivileged youth operated by Central Alabama Community College (CACC), discovered that Schmitz, a state representative on CITY’s payroll, had not been reporting for work. Lane t...

Abramski v. United States
Docket Number: 12-1493
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 16, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-1493/

Justia Opinion Summary: Abramski offered to purchase a gun for his uncle. Form 4473 asked whether he was the “actual transferee/buyer” of the gun and warned that a straw purchaser (buying a gun on behalf of another) was not the actual buyer. Ab...

Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd.
Docket Number: 12-842
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 16, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-842/

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Republic of Argentina defaulted on its external debt, NML, one of its bondholders, prevailed in 11 debt-collection actions filed against Argentina in New York. To execute its judgments, NML sought discovery of...

Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus
Docket Number: 13-193
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 16, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-193/

Justia Opinion Summary: A former congressman filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission alleging that SBA violated an Ohio law that criminalizes some false statements made during a political campaign. SBA had stated that his vote for...

POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co.
Docket Number: 12-761
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 12, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-761/

Justia Opinion Summary: POM, which produces and sells a pomegranate-blueberry juice blend, filed a Lanham Act suit (15 U.S.C. 1125) against Coca-Cola, alleging that the name, label, marketing, and advertising of a Coca-Cola juice blend mislead...

Clark v. Rameker
Docket Number: 13-299
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 12, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-299/

Justia Opinion Summary: When petitioners filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, they sought to exclude $300,000 in an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) from the bankruptcy estate using the “retirement funds” exemption, 11 U.S.C. 522(b)(3)(...

Executive Benefits Ins. Agency v. Arkison
Docket Number: 12-1200
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 9, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-1200/

Justia Opinion Summary: BIA filed a voluntary chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The bankruptcy trustee filed a complaint alleging fraudulent conveyance of assets. The bankruptcy court granted the trustee summary judgment. The district court affirm...

Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio
Docket Number: 12-930
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 9, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/12-930/

Justia Opinion Summary: Qualifying U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may petition for family members to obtain immigrant visas. A sponsored individual (principal beneficiary) is placed into a “family preference” category based...

CTS Corp. v. Waldburger
Docket Number: 13-339
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 9, 2014
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/573/13-339/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. 960, contains a provision (section 9658) that preempts statutes of limitations applicable to state-law actions for personal inj...