Opinions from 2012

Kloeckner v. Solis
Docket Number: 11-184
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 10, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/568/11-184/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Civil Service Reform Act permits federal employees, subjected to serious personnel actions, to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board, 5 U. S. C. 7701. “Mixed cases,” based on discrimination, are governed by th...

Arkansas Game and Fish Comm’n v. United States
Docket Number: 11-597
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 4, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/568/11-597/

Justia Opinion Summary: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission owns and manages the Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area, 23,000 acres with multiple hardwood species and used for recreation and hunting. In 1948, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi...

Nitro-Lift Technologies, L. L. C. v. Howard
Docket Number: 11-1377
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: November 26, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/568/11-1377/

Justia Opinion Summary: Nitro-Lift contracts with operators of oil and gas wells to provide services. Howard and Schneider entered a confidentiality-noncompetition agreement with Nitro-Lift that contained an arbitration clause” After working fo...

United States v. Bormes
Docket Number: 11-192
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: November 13, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/568/11-192/

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Bormes alleged that the electronic receipt he received when paying his client’s federal-court filing fee on Pay.gov included the last four digits of his credit card number and the card’s expiration date, in will...

Lefemine v. Wideman
Docket Number: 12-168
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: November 5, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/568/12-168/

Justia Opinion Summary: Lefemine and members of CCL demonstrate, carrying pictures of aborted fetuses, to protest abortions. In 2005, Lefemine and about 20 other CCL members demonstrated at a busy intersection in Greenwood County, South Carolin...

Tennant v. Jefferson County
Docket Number: 11-1184
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: September 25, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-1184/

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs claimed that West Virginia's 2011 congressional redistricting plan violated the "one person, one vote" principle that the Court held to be embodied in Article I, section 2, of the United States Constitution. A...

First American Financial Corp. v. Edwards
Docket Number: 10-708
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 28, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/10-708/

United States v. Alvarez
Docket Number: 11-210
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 28, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-210/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to falsely claim receipt of military decorations or medals and provides an enhanced penalty if the Congressional Medal of Honor is involved, 18 U. S. C. 704 (b),(c). After pleading g...

National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius
Docket Number: 11-393
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 28, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-393/

Justia Opinion Summary: In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While only four Justices found its requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health...

Miller v. Alabama
Docket Number: 10-9646
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 25, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/10-9646/

Justia Opinion Summary: In each of two underlying cases, a 14-year-old was convicted of murder and sentenced to a mandatory term of life imprisonment without possibility of parole. The highest courts of Alabama and Arkansas upheld the sentences...

American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock
Docket Number: 11-1179
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 25, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-1179/

Justia Opinion Summary: Montana state law provides that a "corporation may not make ... an expenditure in connection with a candidate or a political committee that supports or opposes a candidate or a political party." Mont. Code 13–35–227(1)....

Arizona v. United States
Docket Number: 11-182
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 25, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-182/

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court entered a preliminary injunction concerning four provisions of Arizona S. B. 1070, enacted in 2010: Section 3 makes failure to comply with federal alien-registration requirements a state misdemeanor; 5...

Knox v. Service Employees
Docket Number: 10-1121
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/10-1121/

Justia Opinion Summary: California law permits public employees to create an agency shop bargaining unit so that all employees are represented by a union. Employees who do not join must pay "chargeable expenses;" the union may not require nonme...

FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc.
Docket Number: 10-1293
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/10-1293/

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1970s the FCC began enforcing 18 U.S.C. 1464, which bans broadcast of "any obscene, indecent, or profane language." This case concerns two isolated utterances of obscene words during live broadcasts aired by Fox a...

Dorsey v. United States
Docket Number: 11-5683
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-5683/

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, convicted of selling crack cocaine in 2007 and 2008, were not sentenced until 2010, after amendment of the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act eliminated a 100-to-1 disparity between the amounts of crack cocaine and pow...

Southern Union Co. v. United States
Docket Number: 11-94
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-94/

Justia Opinion Summary: The company was convicted of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for knowingly storing liquid mercury without a permit "on or about September 19, 2002 to October 19, 2004." Violations are punishable by...

Williams v. Illinois
Docket Number: 10-8505
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/10-8505/

Justia Opinion Summary: In petitioner's bench trial for rape, the prosecution called an expert who testified that a DNA profile produced by an outside lab matched a profile produced by the state police lab using a sample of petitioner's blood....

Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp.
Docket Number: 11-204
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-204/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, employed by respondent as pharmaceutical sales representatives, filed suit alleging that respondent violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 206-207, by failing to compensate them for overtime...

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak
Docket Number: 11-246
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-246/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner requested that the Secretary of the Interior take into trust on its behalf a tract of land known as the Bradley Property, which petitioner intended to use "for gaming purposes." The Secretary took title to the...

Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter
Docket Number: 11-551
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-551/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDA), 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq., directed the Secretary of the Interior to enter into contracts with willing tribes, pursuant to which those tribes would provide s...

Elgin v. Department of Treasury
Docket Number: 11-45
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 11, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-45/

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), 5 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., certain federal employees could obtain administrative and judicial review of specified adverse employment actions. At issue was whether the CSRA p...

Parker v. Matthews
Docket Number: 11-845
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 11, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/567/11-845/

Armour v. Indianapolis
Docket Number: 11-161
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 4, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-161/

Justia Opinion Summary: An Indiana statute, the "Barrett Law," Ind. Code 36-9-15(b)(3), authorized Indiana's cities to impose upon benefited owners the cost of sewer improvement projects. The Law also permitted those lot owners to pay either im...

Reichle v. Howards
Docket Number: 11-262
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 4, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-262/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when respondent brought an action against petitioners, two Secret Service agents, and others, under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents, claiming that he was arrested and search...

Coleman v. Johnson
Docket Number: 11-1053
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 29, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-1053/

RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank
Docket Number: 11-166
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 29, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-166/

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtors obtained a secured loan from an investment fund, for which the Bank served as trustee. Debtors ultimately became insolvent, seeking relief under 11 U.S.C. 1129(b)(2)(A), where debtors sought to confirm a "cramdow...

Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc.
Docket Number: 10-1042
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 24, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1042/

Justia Opinion Summary: A provision of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), 12 U.S.C. 2607(b), prohibited giving and accepting "any portion, split, or percentage of any charge made or received for the rendering of a real estate se...

Blueford v. Arkansas
Docket Number: 10-1320
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 24, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1320/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when defendant was charged with capital murder for the death of a one-year-old. Before the jury concluded deliberations, it reported that it was unanimous against guilt on charges of capital murder and fi...

Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd.
Docket Number: 10-1472
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1472/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a personal injury action brought by petitioner, a professional baseball player in Japan, against respondent, the owner of a resort in the Northern Mariana Islands. The costs that could be awarded to...

Holder v. Martinez Gutierrez
Docket Number: 10-1542
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1542/

Justia Opinion Summary: An immigration statute, 8 U.S.C. 1229b(a), authorized the Attorney General to cancel the removal of an alien from the United States who, among other things, has held the status of a lawful permanent resident (LPR) for at...

Astrue v. Capato
Docket Number: 11-159
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-159/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent gave birth to twins conceived through in vitro fertilization using her deceased husband's frozen sperm. Respondent applied for Social Security survivors benefits for the twins, relying on 42 U.S.C. 416(e) of t...

Hall v. United States
Docket Number: 10-875
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 14, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-875/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when petitioners filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy and then sold their farm. Under Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code, farmer debtors could treat certain claims owed to a governmental unit resulting from the...

United States v. Home Concrete & Supply, LLC
Docket Number: 11-139
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 25, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-139/

Justia Opinion Summary: Ordinarily, the Government must assess a deficiency against a taxpayer within "3 years after the return was filed." 26 U.S.C. 6501(a). The 3-year period was extended to 6 years, however, when a taxpayer "omits from gross...

Wood v. Milyard
Docket Number: 10-9995
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 24, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-9995/

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1987, petitioner was convicted of murder and other crimes by a Colorado court and sentenced to life imprisonment. Petitioner filed a federal habeas petition in 2008. After receiving the petition, the district court as...

Kappos v. Hyatt
Docket Number: 10-1219
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1219/

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, respondent filed a patent application covering 117 claims under the Patent Act of 1952, 35 U.S.C. 112. The patent examiner denied all of the claims for lack of an adequate written description. Respondent appeale...

Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority
Docket Number: 11-88
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-88/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners sued the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA), which authorized a cause of action against "[a]n individual" for acts of tort...

Filarsky v. Delia
Docket Number: 10-1018
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 17, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1018/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, a firefighter employed by the City of Rialto, brought an action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the City, the Fire Department, the private attorney hired by the City, and other individuals. The district court gr...

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. v. Novo Nordisk A/S
Docket Number: 10-844
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 17, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-844/

Justia Opinion Summary: Once the FDA has approved a brand manufacturer's drug, another company could seek permission to market a generic version pursuant to legislation known as the Hatch-Waxman Amendments. See Drug Price Competition and Patent...

Rehberg v. Paulk
Docket Number: 10-788
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 2, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-788/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, the chief investigator for a district attorney's office, testified at grand jury proceedings that resulted in petitioner's indictment. After the indictments were dismissed, petitioner brought an action under...

Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington
Docket Number: 10-945
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 2, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-945/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action in the district court against government entities that ran the jails and other defendants, alleging Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment violations, and arguing that persons arrested f...

Vasquez v. United States
Docket Number: 11-199
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 2, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/11-199/

FAA v. Cooper
Docket Number: 10-1024
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 28, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1024/

Justia Opinion Summary: Claiming that the FAA, DOT, and SSA violated the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a(g)(4)(A), by sharing his records with one another, respondent filed suit alleging that the unlawful disclosure to the DOT of his confide...

Vartelas v. Holder
Docket Number: 10-1211
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 28, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1211/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native of Greece and a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States, plead guilty to a felony in 1994. Petitioner later traveled to Greece in 2003 to visit his parents and on his return to the Unite...

Setser v. United States
Docket Number: 10-7387
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 28, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-7387/

Justia Opinion Summary: When petitioner was indicted in a Texas court on drug charges, the State also moved to revoke the probation term that he was then serving for another drug offense. At about the same time, petitioner pleaded guilty to fed...

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Simmonds
Docket Number: 10-1261
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 26, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1261/

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, respondent filed numerous actions under section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 78p(b), claiming that, in underwriting various initial public offerings in the late 1990's and 2000, petiti...

Zivotofsky v. Clinton
Docket Number: 10-699
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 26, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-699/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was born in Jerusalem and his mother requested that his place of birth be listed as "Israel" on a consular report of birth abroad and on his passport pursuant to section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authori...

Sackett v. EPA
Docket Number: 10-1062
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1062/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners brought a civil action under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 500 et seq., to challenge the issuance by the EPA of an administrative compliance order under section 309 of the Clean Water Act...

Lafler v. Cooper
Docket Number: 10-209
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-209/

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a criminal defendant sought a remedy when inadequate assistance of counsel caused nonacceptance of a plea offer and further proceedings led to a less favorable outcome. After the plea offer had been rejecte...

Missouri v. Frye
Docket Number: 10-444
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-444/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose in the context of claimed ineffective assistance that led to the lapse of a prosecution offer of a plea bargain, a proposal that offered terms more lenient than the terms of the guilty plea entered later....

Martinez v. Ryan
Docket Number: 10-1001
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 20, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1001/

Justia Opinion Summary: Arizona prisoners could raise claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel only in state collateral proceedings, not on direct review. In petitioner's first state collateral proceeding, his counsel did not raise suc...

Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Md.
Docket Number: 10-1016
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 20, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1016/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed suit, alleging that his employer, the Maryland Court of Appeals, an instrumentality of the State, violated the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. 2612(a)(1). The provision at issue re...

Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.
Docket Number: 10-1150
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 20, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1150/

Justia Opinion Summary: The patent claims at issue covered processes that help doctors who use thiopurine drugs to treat patients with autoimmune diseases determine whether a given dosage level was too low or too high. The claims purported to a...

Roberts v. Sea-Land Services, Inc.
Docket Number: 10-1399
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 20, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/566/10-1399/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was injured at an Alaska marine terminal while working for respondents and subsequently filed a claim against respondents under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq. The Act...

Martel v. Clair
Docket Number: 10-1265
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 5, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-1265/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent was convicted of capital murder and subsequently commenced federal habeas proceedings by filing a request for appointment of counsel under 18 U.S.C. 3599. Section 3599(e) contemplated that appointed counsel co...

Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp.
Docket Number: 10-879
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 29, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-879/

Justia Opinion Summary: George Corson and his wife sued respondents, claiming injury from Corson's exposure to asbestos in locomotives and locomotive parts distributed by respondents. The Corsons alleged state-law claims of defective design and...

Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern Cal., Inc.
Docket Number: 09-958
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 22, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/09-958/

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court granted certiorari in these cases to decide whether Medicaid providers and recipients could maintain a cause of action under the Supremacy Clause to enforce a federal Medicaid law. Since the Court granted certi...

PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana
Docket Number: 10-218
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 22, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-218/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned three rivers which flow through Montana and then beyond its borders. At issue was whether discrete, identifiable segments of these rivers in Montana were nonnavigable, as federal law defined that conc...

Messerschmidt v. Millender
Docket Number: 10-704
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 22, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-704/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents filed an action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against petitioners, police officers, alleging that the officers had subjected them to an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The district court gran...

Kawashima v. Holder
Docket Number: 10-577
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-577/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, natives and citizens of Japan who have been lawful permanent residents of the United States since 1984, appealed a removal order after husband pleaded guilty to one count of willfully making and subscribing...

Howes v. Fields
Docket Number: 10-680
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-680/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, a prison inmate, sought to suppress his confession under Miranda v. Arizona after he was subjected to custodial interrogation when he was escorted from his prison cell by a corrections officer to a conference...

Wetzel v. Lambert
Docket Number: 11-38
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/11-38/

Marmet Health Care Center, Inc. v. Brown
Docket Number: 11-391
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 21, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/11-391/

United States v. Jones
Docket Number: 10-1259
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 23, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-1259/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent was convicted of drug trafficking and conspiracy charges. The District Court suppressed GPS data from a vehicle parked outside of respondent's residence, but held the remaining data admissible because responde...

National Meat Assn. v. Harris
Docket Number: 10-224
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 23, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-224/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a trade association representing meatpackers and processors, sued to enjoin enforcement of a California law against swine slaughterhouses, arguing that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), 21 U.S.C. 601, e...

Reynolds v. United States
Docket Number: 10-6549
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 23, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-6549/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (Act), 18 U.S.C. 2250(a), which required convicted sex offenders to provide state governments with, and to update, information for state and federal...

Ryburn v. Huff
Docket Number: 11-208
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 23, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/11-208/

Perry v. Perez
Docket Number: 11-713
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 20, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/11-713/

Justia Opinion Summary: The 2010 census showed an enormous increase in Texas' population which required the State to redraw its electoral districts for the United States Congress, the State Senate, and the State House of Representatives, in ord...

Mims v. Arrow Financial Services, LLC
Docket Number: 10-1195
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-1195/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a damages action in Federal District Court, alleging that respondent, seeking to collect a debt, violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. 227, by repeatedly using an autom...

Golan v. Holder
Docket Number: 10-545
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-545/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners are orchestra conductors, musicians, publishers, and others who formerly enjoyed free access to literary and artistic works section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), 17 U.S.C. 104A, 109(a), remo...

Maples v. Thomas
Docket Number: 10-63
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 18, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-63/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in Alabama state court. Petitioner sought postconviction relief in state court under Alabama Rule 32, alleging, among other things, that his trial attorneys fa...

Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid
Docket Number: 10-507
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 11, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-507/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, widow of an employee of Pacific Operators Offshore, sought benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq., pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (...

Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC
Docket Number: 10-553
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 11, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-553/

Justia Opinion Summary: Hosanna-Tabor, a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, operated a small school in Michigan offering a "Christian-centered education" to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Synod classi...

Perry v. New Hampshire
Docket Number: 10-8974
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 11, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-8974/

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of theft by unauthorized taking. On appeal, defendant argued that the trial court erred in requiring an initial showing that police arranged a suggestive identification procedure. Suggestive circu...

Minneci v. Pollard
Docket Number: 10-1104
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 10, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-1104/

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent sought damages from employees at a privately run federal prison in California, claiming that they had deprived him of adequate medical care in violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and...

Smith v. Cain
Docket Number: 10-8145
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 10, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-8145/

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder based on the testimony of a single eyewitness. During state postconviction proceedings, petitioner obtained police files containing statements by the eyewitness contradicti...

Gonzalez v. Thaler
Docket Number: 10-895
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 10, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-895/

Justia Opinion Summary: This case interpreted two provisions of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, (AEDPA). The first, 28 U.S.C. 2253(c), provided that a habeas petitioner must obtain a certificate of appealability (COA)...

CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood
Docket Number: 10-948
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 10, 2012
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/565/10-948/

Justia Opinion Summary: Although respondents' credit card agreement required their claims to be resolved by binding arbitration, they filed a lawsuit against petitioner and a division of petitioner bank, alleging, inter alia, violations of the...