Volume 590

Bostock v. Clayton County
Docket Number: 17-1618
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 15, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Three employers each fired a long-time employee for being homosexual or transgender. Each employee sued, alleging sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it “unlawful . . . for an ...

United States Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association
Docket Number: 18-1584
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 15, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Atlantic sought to construct a 604-mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina, crossing 16 miles of land within the George Washington National Forest. Atlantic secured a special use permit from the U.S. ...

Andrus v. Texas
Docket Number: 18-9674
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 15, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Andrus was six years old, his mother sold drugs out of their apartment. She turned to prostitution and regularly left her five children to binge on drugs. She often was high and had drug-addicted, sometimes violent, boyfriends. ...

Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez
Docket Number: 18-8369
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 8, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PLRA) established the three-strikes rule, which generally prevents a prisoner from bringing suit in forma pauperis (IFP) if he has had three or more prior suits dismissed on the grounds ...

Thole v. U. S. Bank N. A.
Docket Number: 17-1712
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 1, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs are retired participants a defined-benefit retirement plan, which guarantees them a fixed payment each month regardless of the plan’s value or its fiduciaries’ investment decisions. Both have been paid all ...

GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS v. Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
Docket Number: 18-1048
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 1, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: ThyssenKrupp entered into contracts with F. L. for the construction of mills at ThyssenKrupp’s Alabama steel manufacturing plant. Each contract contained an arbitration clause. F. L. entered into a subcontract with GE for ...

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC
Docket Number: 18-1334
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 1, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Congress invoked its Article IV power to enact the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). PROMESA created a Financial Oversight and Management Board, whose seven voting members are to be ...

Nasrallah v. Barr
Docket Number: 18-1432
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 1, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Nasrallah pled guilty to receiving stolen property. In removal proceedings, Nasrallah sought relief under the international Convention Against Torture (CAT) to prevent his removal to Lebanon. The Immigration Judge ordered ...

Banister v. Davis
Docket Number: 18-6943
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 1, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Banister was convicted by a Texas court of aggravated assault and sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment. After exhausting his state remedies, he unsuccessfully sought federal habeas relief. Banister timely filed a motion ...

Opati v. Republic of Sudan
Docket Number: 17-1268
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 18, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, al Qaeda operatives detonated truck bombs outside the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Victims sued the Republic of Sudan under the state-sponsored terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act ...

Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc. v. Marcel Fashions Group, Inc.
Docket Number: 18-1086
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 14, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Lucky Brand and Marcel market clothing. Marcel registered the trademark “Get Lucky.” Lucky Brand registered the trademark “Lucky Brand” and other marks with the word “Lucky.” In a 2003 settlement agreement, Lucky ...

Kelly v. United States
Docket Number: 18-1059
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 7, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: During former New Jersey Governor Christie’s 2013 reelection campaign, Fort Lee’s mayor refused to endorse Christie. Kelly, Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff, Port Authority Deputy Executive Director, Baroni, and another ...

United States v. Sineneng-Smith
Docket Number: 19-67
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: May 7, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Sineneng-Smith operated a California immigration consulting firm, assisting clients to file applications for a labor certification program that once provided a path for aliens to adjust to lawful permanent resident status. ...

Maine Community Health Options v. United States
Docket Number: 18-1023
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 27, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established online exchanges where insurers could sell their healthcare plans. The now-expired “Risk Corridors” program aimed to limit the plans’ profits and losses during ...

Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc.
Docket Number: 18-1150
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 27, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) includes the text of every Georgia statute currently in force. Non-binding annotations appear beneath each statutory provision, typically including summaries of judicial opinions ...

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York
Docket Number: 18-280
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 27, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: The petitioners challenged a New York City rule regarding the transport of firearms, citing the Second Amendment, and seeking declaratory relief against enforcement of the rule insofar as it prevented their transport of firearms ...

Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc.
Docket Number: 18-1233
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 23, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Romag and Fossil signed an agreement to use Romag’s fasteners in Fossil’s leather goods. Romag eventually discovered that factories in China making Fossil products were using counterfeit Romag fasteners. Romag sued Fossil ...

County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund
Docket Number: 18-260
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 23, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Maui’s wastewater reclamation facility collects sewage, partially treats it, and daily pumps around four million gallons of treated water into the ground through four wells. This effluent then travels about a half-mile, ...

Barton v. Barr
Docket Number: 18-725
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 23, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Over 12 years, Barton a lawful permanent resident, was convicted of state crimes, including a firearms offense, drug offenses, and aggravated assault offenses. An Immigration Judge found him removable under 8 U.S.C. 1229a, ...

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian
Docket Number: 17-1498
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 20, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: For nearly a century, the Anaconda Copper Smelter contaminated 300 square miles with arsenic and lead. For 35 years, the EPA has worked with the now-closed smelter’s current owner, Atlantic Richfield, to implement a cleanup ...

Ramos v. Louisiana
Docket Number: 18-5924
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 20, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: In 48 states and in federal court, a single juror’s vote to acquit is enough to prevent a conviction; Louisiana and Oregon punish people based on 10-to-2 verdicts. Ramos was convicted in a Louisiana court by a 10-to-2 jury ...

Thryv, Inc. v. Click-To-Call Technologies, LP
Docket Number: 18-916
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: April 20, 2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Inter partes review (IPR) permits a patent challenger to ask the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reconsider the validity of earlier granted patent claims. If a request comes more than a year after a patent infringement ...