Volume 574

North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC
Docket Number: 13-534
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 25, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: North Carolina’s Dental Practice Act does not specify that teeth whitening is “the practice of dentistry.” After dentists complained, the Board of Dental Examiners issued cease-and-desist letters to nondentist teeth whit...

Yates v. United States
Docket Number: 13-7451
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 25, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: While inspecting a commercial fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal agent found that the catch contained undersized red grouper, in violation of conservation regulations, and instructed the captain, Yates, to k...

Kansas v. Nebraska
Docket Number: 126, Orig.
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 24, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1943, Congress approved a Compact between Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado to apportion the “virgin water originating in” the Republican River Basin. In 1998, Kansas filed an original action in the Supreme Court contend...

M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett
Docket Number: 13-1010
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 26, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: M&G purchased the Point Pleasant Polyester Plant in 2000 and entered a collective bargaining agreement and a related Pension, Insurance, and Service Award Agreement with the union, providing that certain retirees, surviv...

Gelboim v. Bank of Am. Corp.
Docket Number: 13-1174
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 21, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: The London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is a reference point in determining interest rates for financial instruments in the U.S. and globally. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established a multidi...

Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank
Docket Number: 13-1211
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 21, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Hana Financial and Hana Bank both provide financial services to individuals in the U.S. When Hana Financial sued Hana Bank for trademark infringement, Hana Bank invoked the tacking doctrine, under which lower courts have...

Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean
Docket Number: 13-894
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 21, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: The 2002 Homeland Security Act provides that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “shall prescribe regulations prohibiting the disclosure of information . . . if the Under Secretary decides that disclosur[e]...

Holt v. Hobbs
Docket Number: 13-6827
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 20, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: The inmate, a devout Muslim wanted to grow a ½-inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. The Arkansas Department of Correction prohibits prisoners from growing beards, with an exception that inmates with diagn...

Teva Pharma. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.
Docket Number: 13-854
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 20, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Teva’s patent covers a multiple sclerosis drug. When Sandoz tried to market a generic version of the drug, Teva sued for infringement. Sandoz countered that the patent was invalid because a claim that the active ingredi...

Christeson v. Roper
Docket Number: 14-6873
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 20, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Christeson was convicted of three counts of capital murder and sentenced to death. The Missouri Supreme Court affirmed Christeson’s conviction and sentence and denial of his post-conviction motion for relief. Un...

Jennings v. Stephens
Docket Number: 13-7211
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 14, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Jennings sought federal habeas relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel during the punishment phase of his state capital murder trial. The district court granted relief on his “Wiggins theories,” that counsel fa...

T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell
Docket Number: 13-975
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 14, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Roswell’s city council held a public hearing to consider T-Mobile’s application to build a cell phone tower on residential property. Council members expressed concerns about the tower’s impact on the area. The council un...

Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.
Docket Number: 13-684
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 13, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Exactly three years after borrowing money to refinance their home mortgage, the Jesinoskis sent the lender a letter purporting to rescind the transaction. The lender replied, refusing to acknowledge the rescission’s vali...

Whitfield v. United States
Docket Number: 13-9026
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 13, 2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Whitfield, fleeing a botched bank robbery, entered 79-year-old Parnell’s home and guided her from a hallway to a room a few feet away, where she suffered a fatal heart attack. He was convicted of, among other things, vio...

Heien v. North Carolina
Docket Number: 13-604
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 15, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a suspicious vehicle, Sergeant Darisse noticed that only one of the brake lights was working and pulled the driver over. While issuing a warning ticket for the broken light, Darisse became suspicious of the act...

Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens
Docket Number: 13-719
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 15, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: A defendant seeking to remove a case from state to federal court must file a notice of removal “containing a short and plain statement of the grounds for removal,” 28 U. S. C. 1446(a). Owens filed a putative class action...

United States v. California
Docket Number: 5, Orig.
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 15, 2014
Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk
Docket Number: 13-433
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 9, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: Integrity Staffing required its hourly workers, who retrieved products from warehouse shelves and packaged them for delivery to Amazon.com customers, to undergo a security screening before leaving each day. Former employ...

Warger v. Shauers
Docket Number: 13-517
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 9, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: Warger sued Shauers for negligence for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. After the jury returned a verdict for Shauers, a juror contacted Warger’s counsel, claiming that Whipple, the jury foreperson, had rev...

Glebe v. Frost
Docket Number: 14-95
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: November 17, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: Frost helped associates commit armed robberies in Washington, generally as the driver. Frost admitted involvement, but claimed he acted under duress. Frost’s lawyer planned to argue both that the state failed to meet its...

Johnson v. City of Shelby
Docket Number: 13-1318
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: November 10, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: Shelby, Mississippi police officers alleged that they were fired, not for deficient performance, but because they brought to light criminal activities of an alderman. The district court entered summary judgment, rejectin...

Carroll v. Carman
Docket Number: 14-212
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: November 10, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: Pennsylvania State Police received a report that Zita had stolen a car and loaded handguns and might have fled to the Carman home and sent Officers Carroll and Roberts to that home. The officers parked at the far rear of...

Lopez v. Smith
Docket Number: 13-946
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: October 6, 2014

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Smith’s wife was killed at home by a blow to the head from a log roller. The home appeared to have been ransacked. Jewelry was missing. Smith was charged with first-degree murder. The prosecution presented evide...