Volume 595

Houston Community College System v. Wilson
Docket Number: 20-804
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 24, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilson, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College System, brought multiple lawsuits challenging the Board’s actions. In 2016, the Board publicly reprimanded Wilson. He continued to charge the Board ...

Ramirez v. Collier
Docket Number: 21-5592
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 24, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Ramirez was sentenced to death for a 2004 murder. Texas informed Ramirez of his September 2021 execution date. Ramirez requested that his pastor be present in the execution chamber. Texas amended its protocol to allow a prisoner’s ...

Wisconsin Legislature v. Wisconsin Elections Commission
Docket Number: 21A471
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 23, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: The 2020 census revealed that Wisconsin’s State Assembly and Senate districts were no longer equally apportioned. The Governor vetoed new maps passed by the legislature. The Wisconsin Supreme Court invited proposed maps ...

Wooden v. United States
Docket Number: 20-5279
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 7, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Wooden was convicted as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g). The Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) mandates a 15-year minimum penalty for section 922(g) offenders with at least three prior convictions for ...

United States v. Tsarnaev
Docket Number: 20-443
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 4, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan planted and detonated homemade bombs near the Boston Marathon’s finish line, killing three and wounding hundreds. The brothers fled, murdering a campus police officer, carjacking ...

Federal Bureau of Investigation v. Fazaga
Docket Number: 20-828
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 4, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Members of Muslim communities filed a putative class action, claiming that the government subjected Muslims to illegal surveillance. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provides a procedure for consideration ...

Cameron v. EMW Women's Surgical Center, P. S. C.
Docket Number: 20-601
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: March 3, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Kentucky’s attorney general and its Secretary of Health and Family Services were defendants in a suit concerning House Bill 454, regulating abortion procedures. Plaintiffs agreed to dismiss the attorney general, stipulating ...

Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, L. P.
Docket Number: 20-915
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: February 24, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Unicolors, the owner of fabric design copyrights, successfully sued H&M for copyright infringement, 17 U.S.C. 411(a). H&M argued that Unicolors knowingly included inaccurate information on its registration application, rendering ...

Hughes v. Northwestern University
Docket Number: 19-1401
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 24, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Northwestern’s defined contribution retirement plans, governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001, allowed participants to choose an individual investment mix from a menu of options selected ...

Hemphill v. New York
Docket Number: 20-637
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 20, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: A stray 9-millimeter bullet killed a child after a Bronx street fight. Eyewitnesses described the shooter as wearing a blue shirt or sweater. Police officers determined Gilliam was involved and that Morris was at the scene. ...

Babcock v. Kijakazi
Docket Number: 20-480
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 13, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Social Security retirement benefits are calculated using a formula based on past earnings, 42 U.S.C. 415(a)(1)(A). Under the “windfall elimination” provision, benefits are reduced when a retiree receives a separate pension ...

Biden v. Missouri
Docket Number: 21A240
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 13, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2021, the Secretary of HHS announced that, in order to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding, participating facilities must ensure that their staff—unless exempt for medical or religious reasons or teleworking ...

National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Docket Number: 21A244
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: January 13, 2022

Justia Opinion Summary: The Secretary of Labor, through OSHA, enacted a vaccine mandate, to be enforced by employers. The mandate preempted contrary state laws and covered virtually all employers with at least 100 employees, with exemptions for ...

Whole Woman's Health v. Jackson
Docket Number: 21-463
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: December 10, 2021

Justia Opinion Summary: Texas Senate Bill 8, the 2021 Heartbeat Act, prohibits physicians from performing or inducing an abortion if the physician detected a fetal heartbeat. S.B. 8 does not allow state officials to enforce the law but directs enforcement ...

Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna
Docket Number: 20-1539
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: October 18, 2021

Justia Opinion Summary: Union City, California officer Rivas-Villegas responded to a 911 call reporting that a woman and her children were barricaded in a room for fear that Cortesluna, the woman’s boyfriend, was going to hurt them. After confirming ...

City of Tahlequah v. Bond
Docket Number: 20-1668
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: October 18, 2021

Justia Opinion Summary: Rollice’s ex-wife called 911. Rollice was in her garage, intoxicated, and would not leave. Three officers responded to the call and spoke with Rollice through the garage’s doorway. Rollice began fidgeting with something ...