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Recent Decisions

Frank v. Gaos (March 20, 2019)
Ninth Circuit's approval of a class action settlement in a case against Google is vacated and remanded for consideration of whether any of the named plaintiffs have standing, considering a 2016 Supreme Court holding: “Article III standing requires a concrete injury even in the context of a statutory violation.”

Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP (March 20, 2019)
A business engaged in only nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings is not a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, except for the limited purpose of section 1692f(6).

Nielsen v. Preap (March 19, 2019)
Aliens, not arrested by immigration authorities immediately after their release from jail, are subject to mandatory detention pending their removal hearings.

Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc. (March 19, 2019)
An 1855 treaty between the United States and the Yakima Nation preempts the application of a state tax on motor vehicle fuel importers to a tribe member importing fuel to the tribe's reservation.

Air & Liquid Systems Corp. v. DeVries (March 19, 2019)
Where equipment manufactured for Navy ships required the subsequent installation of asbestos parts by the Navy, and the manufacturer had no reason to believe that the product’s users would realize the danger of exposure, the manufacturer had a duty to warn.

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Latest Supreme Court News

Supreme Court Set to Again Weigh Voting Maps Warped by Politics
The New York Times,
The justices will consider on Tuesday whether extreme partisan gerrymandering crosses a constitutional line, an issue they left undecided last term.

Argument transcripts
SCOTUSblog,
The transcript of the oral argument in PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc. is available on the Supreme Court’s website; the transcript in The Dutra Group v. Batterton is also available. The post Argument transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Company’s Appeal in Mueller Subpoena Case
The New York Times,
The mysterious case concerned an unnamed corporation owned by a foreign government identified in court papers as Country A.

Will the Supreme Court End Gerrymandering? Arguments Begin This Week
The New York Times,
Justices will be reviewing the case of North Carolina, where Republicans drew a map to maximize their power in the House. Plaintiffs challenging the map say it’s unconstitutional.

Should Originalists Enforce Rights More Strictly Against the States Than Against the Federal Government?
Justia's Verdict,
Cornell law professor Michael C. Dorf points out that, taken to its logical conclusion, the originalism philosophy espoused by US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should mean that the Constitution places stricter limits on states than it does on the federal government. As Dorf explains, the “original meaning” of the Bill of Rights as it applies to the states should refer to its meaning in 1868 (when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted) rather than 1791 (when the Bill of Rights itself was adopted) because the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Bill of Rights applicable to the states. Dorf describes several key differences between the understanding of the Bill of Rights in 1868 and 1791 and considers whether one of the originalist justices will follow where the logic of their philosophy leads.

Press Release Regarding Justice Ginsburg
Supreme Court of the United States,
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology...

Current Supreme Court Justices

John G. Roberts, Jr.
John G. Roberts, Jr.
Chief Justice of the United States
Clarence Thomas
Clarence Thomas
Associate Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice
Stephen G. Breyer
Stephen G. Breyer
Associate Justice
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Associate Justice
Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor
Associate Justice
Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan
Associate Justice
Neil M. Gorsuch
Neil M. Gorsuch
Associate Justice
Brett M. Kavanaugh
Brett M. Kavanaugh
Associate Justice

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