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Mahanoy Area School District v. B. L. (June 23, 2021)
A student's off-campus posts on Snapchat, criticizing her school and containing vulgar language, are not subject to regulation by the school; the posts contained no special features, such as threats or bullying, that would place them outside the First Amendment’s ordinary protection.
Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid (June 23, 2021)
A California regulation, requiring that agricultural employers allow union organizers onto their property for up to three hours per day, 120 days per year, constitutes a compensable, per se, physical taking of property.
Collins v. Yellen (June 23, 2021)
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 violated the separation of powers by creating a single director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, removable by the President only “for cause.”
Lange v. California (June 23, 2021)
Pursuit of a misdemeanant does not trigger a categorical rule allowing a warrantless home entry.
United States v. Arthrex, Inc. (June 21, 2021)
Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges yield unreviewable authority during inter partes review and should have been nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate; the Supreme Court resolves the constitutional problem created by their appointment by the Secretary of Commerce, making Board determinations reviewable by the Patent and Trademark Office Director.
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (June 21, 2021)
In considering securities fraud class certification, the defendant bears the burden of proving a lack of price impact caused by its allegedly fraudulent statements impact by a preponderance of the evidence; the court must consider the generic nature of those statements.
National Collegiate Athletic Association. v. Alston (June 21, 2021)
Supreme Court upholds an injunction prohibiting enforcement of certain NCAA rules, limiting education-related benefits for student-athletes, such as scholarships for graduate or vocational school and payments for academic tutoring.
Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe (June 17, 2021)
The Alien Tort Statute does not apply to claims of forced child labor on Ivory Coast cocoa farms. To plead facts sufficient to support a domestic application of the ATS, plaintiffs must allege more domestic conduct than general corporate activity.
Fulton v. Philadelphia (June 17, 2021)
By requiring that Catholic Social Services agree to certify same-sex couples as foster parents in order to continue its contracts with the city, Philadelphia violated the Free Exercise Clause.
California v. Texas (June 17, 2021)
States and individuals lack standing to challenge the minimum essential coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
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