U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Announcements

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15-118 - Hernandez v. Mesa - Opinion Announcement - June 26, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that qualified immunity may not be granted based on facts that were unknown to the officer at the time of the incident, and that a court should consider whether an implied right of action is appropriate under Bivens v. Six Unknown Federal Narcotics Agents before addressing sensitive Fourth Amendment questions.
Jun 26, 2017
15-577 - Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer - Opinion Announcement - June 26, 2017 (Opinion of the Court)
A case in which the Court determined that the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion.
Jun 26, 2017
15-577 - Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer - Opinion Announcement - June 26, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion.
Jun 26, 2017
16-1436 - Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project - Opinion Announcement - June 26, 2017
A case in which the Court would have decided whether the respondents' challenges to the temporary suspension of entry of aliens abroad under Section 2(c) of Executive Order No. 13,780 became moot on June 14, 2017, whether Section 2(c)'s temporary suspension of entry violates the Establishment Clause, and whether the global injunction issued by the district court is impermissibly overbroad. On June 26, 2017, the Court granted the government's applications for a stay of the preliminary injunction with respect to Sections 6(a) and (b) of Executive Order.
Jun 26, 2017
16-373 - California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc. - Opinion Announcement - June 26, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the filing of a putative class action lawsuit does not satisfy the three-year time limit in Section 13 of the Securities Act with respect to the individual claims of other class members.
Jun 26, 2017
16-6219 - Davila v. Davis - Opinion Announcement - June 26, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that ineffective assistance of appellate counsel does not overcome the procedural default of ineffective assistance of counsel claims.
Jun 26, 2017
15-214 - Murr v. Wisconsin - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that, in a regulatory takings case, two legally distinct but commonly owned contiguous parcels should be combined for takings analysis purposes.
Jun 23, 2017
16-327 - Lee v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that, when a defendant claims that his plea was caused by ineffective assistance of counsel, the defendant can demonstrate that he was prejudiced by showing a reasonable probability that, but for his counsel’s errors, he would have gone to trial rather than accepting a plea.
Jun 23, 2017
16-399 - Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that a Merit Systems Protection Board decision to dismiss a case with mixed claims on jurisdictional grounds is subject to judicial review in district court.
Jun 23, 2017
15-1503 - Turner v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the precedent of Brady v. Maryland does not require that the convictions in this case be overturned because the withheld evidence in question is not material under the standard established in Brady.
Jun 22, 2017
16-240 - Weaver v. Massachusetts - Opinion Announcement - June 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that, in the context of the violation of a right to a public trial during jury selection, when the structural error was first raised via an ineffective assistance of counsel claim, the defendant must demonstrate that he suffered prejudice in order to secure a new trial.
Jun 22, 2017
16-309 - Maslenjak v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that, for a naturalized American citizen to be stripped of her citizenship, the government has to prove that she obtained her citizenship illegally; if the underlying illegality is a false statement to government officials, the government must prove that the false statement influenced the citizenship process.
Jun 22, 2017
15-1194 - Packingham v. North Carolina - Opinion Announcement - June 19, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from accessing various websites, where minors are known to be active and have accounts, regardless of whether or not the sex offender directly interacted with a minor violates the First Amendment.
Jun 19, 2017
15-1293 - Matal v. Tam - Opinion Announcement - June 19, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Disparagement Clause prohibits trademarks that disparage the members of a racial or ethnic group and violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.
Jun 19, 2017
15-1358 - Ziglar v. Abbasi - Opinion Announcement - June 19, 2017 (Dissent by Breyer)
A case in which the Court determined that, in suits against government officials for personally violating the Constitution, “context” should be defined narrowly for the purpose of determining whether a claim arose in a “new context,” and the government officials in this case are entitled to qualified immunity.
Jun 19, 2017
15-1358 - Ziglar v. Abbasi - Opinion Announcement - June 19, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that, in suits against government officials for personally violating the Constitution, “context” should be defined narrowly for the purpose of determining whether a claim arose in a “new context,” and the government officials in this case are entitled to qualified immunity.
Jun 19, 2017
16-466 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California - Opinion Announcement - June 19, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that, when the plaintiffs’ claims would have been exactly the same even if the defendant had no forum state contacts, there is no basis for specific jurisdiction because the case does not sufficiently arise out of or relate to the defendant’s forum activities.
Jun 19, 2017
16-5294 - McWilliams v. Dunn - Opinion Announcement - June 19, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that Ake v. Oklahoma clearly established that a state must provide an indigent defendant with access to an expert witness who is sufficiently available to the defense and independent of the prosecution to effectively conduct an examination and assist in the preparation of a defense.
Jun 19, 2017
15-1039 - Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. - Opinion Announcement - June 12, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 allows for commercial notice of a “biosimilar product” to be effective if given prior to approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but that the Act’s notice requirement is not enforceable with an injunction.
Jun 12, 2017
15-1191 - Sessions v. Morales-Santana - Opinion Announcement - June 12, 2017
A case in which the Court held that statutory distinction between the physical presence requirements for transferral of derivative citizenship for unwed citizen mothers and unwed citizen fathers of foreign-born children violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment, and it is up to Congress, rather than the courts, to create a uniform solution that does not disadvantage any person on the basis of gender.
Jun 12, 2017
15-457 - Microsoft v. Baker - Opinion Announcement - June 12, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the federal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed their claims with prejudice.
Jun 12, 2017
16-349 - Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. - Opinion Announcement - June 12, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that a party that purchases a debt and attempts to collect the debt for its own account is not a “debt collector” subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
Jun 12, 2017
16-142 - Honeycutt v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 05, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the federal forfeiture statute does not require joint and several liability among co-conspirators for any reasonably foreseeable proceeds of conspiracy.
Jun 05, 2017
16-529 - Kokesh v. SEC - Opinion Announcement - June 05, 2017
A case in which the Court held that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disgorgement functions as a penalty, and therefore is subject to the five-year statute of limitations.Commission seeking “disgorgement,” or payment, of illegally obtained funds.
Jun 05, 2017
16-605 - Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc. - Opinion Announcement - June 05, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that an intervenor to a lawsuit must meet the requirements of Article III standing if the intervenor wishes to pursue relief that was not already requested by the plaintiff.
Jun 05, 2017
16-74 - Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton - Opinion Announcement - June 05, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the “church plan” exemption of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) applies to plans that are maintained by a qualifying church-affiliated organization, even if that organization did not originally establish the plan.
Jun 05, 2017
15-1189 - Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. - Opinion Announcement - May 30, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that a patentee’s decision to sell an item exhausts all of its patent rights in that item, even if the e patentee purports to impose post-sale restrictions, and regardless of whether the sale occurs domestically or internationally.
May 30, 2017
16-369 - County of Los Angeles v. Mendez - Opinion Announcement - May 30, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s provocation rule has no basis in the Fourth Amendment, and that the lower court erroneously conflated multiple Fourth Amendment violation claims.
May 30, 2017
16-405 - BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell - Opinion Announcement - May 30, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) does not address the issue of whether state courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over railroads, and the Supreme Court’s precedent in Daimler AG v. Baumann controls a state court’s exercise of general jurisdiction.
May 30, 2017
16-54 - Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions - Opinion Announcement - May 30, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the crime of “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor” as defined by California law cannot be categorically considered the aggravated felony of “sexual abuse of a minor” for the purpose of mandatory removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
May 30, 2017
15-1262 - Cooper v. Harris - Opinion Announcement - May 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the district court did not error in determining that North Carolina’s new districting plan constituted an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, and neither claim nor issue preclusion based on the state court case dictate the outcome of this case.
May 22, 2017
16-254 - Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon - Opinion Announcement - May 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Hague Service Convention does not prohibit service of process by mail.
May 22, 2017
16-341 - TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC - Opinion Announcement - May 22, 2017
A case in which the Court held that the subsection of the general venue statute that allows a corporation to reside in many jurisdictions for the purpose of establishing jurisdiction does not apply to the patent venue statute.
May 22, 2017
15-1031 - Howell v. Howell - Opinion Announcement - May 15, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act prevents state courts from treating the waived portion of military retirement pay as a divisible community asset for the purpose of divorce proceedings.
May 15, 2017
16-32 - Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership v. Clark - Opinion Announcement - May 15, 2017
A case in which the Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts Kentucky state-law precedent that requires a clear statement in the power of attorney agreement in order to grant an attorney-in-fact the power to bind her principal to an arbitration agreement.
May 15, 2017
16-348 - Midland Funding v. Johnson - Opinion Announcement - May 15, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not prevent a creditor from filing a proof of claim on an unpaid debt in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding even after the statute of limitations on that debt has run.
May 15, 2017
15-1111 - Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami - Opinion Announcement - May 01, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the “aggrieved persons” language of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not impose a more narrow standing standard than Article III does and allows a city to sue, but the proximate cause standard requires the plaintiffs to show more than the possibility that a defendant could have foreseen the harm.
May 01, 2017
15-423 - Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company - Opinion Announcement - May 01, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the “frivolous or insubstantial” standard is not consistent with the text and purpose of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA)
May 01, 2017
15-1500 - Lewis v. Clarke - Opinion Announcement - April 25, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that tribal sovereign immunity is not implicated in a suit against a tribal employee in his individual capacity, and an indemnification provision cannot extend tribal sovereign immunity to conduct that it would not otherwise cover.
Apr 25, 2017
15-1256 - Nelson v. Colorado - Opinion Announcement - April 19, 2017
A case in which the Court decided that the Colorado Exoneration Act, which requires exonerated persons to “prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that they were ‘actually innocent’” in order to refund their money, does not comport with the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Apr 19, 2017
15-7250 - Manrique v. United States - Opinion Announcement - April 19, 2017
A case in which the Court held that appellate courts do not have jurisdiction over an appeal of a restitution award when the judgment that awarded restitution was entered after the notice of appeal was filed.
Apr 19, 2017
15-1406 - Goodyear Tire v. Haeger - Opinion Announcement - April 18, 2017
A case in which the court held that, when a federal court sanctions bad-faith conduct by ordering a litigant to pay the other side’s legal fees, the award is limited to the fees the innocent party incurred solely due to the misconduct.
Apr 18, 2017
16-149 - Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils - Opinion Announcement - April 18, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA) preempts state laws that prohibit insurance companies from claiming the proceeds of personal injury settlements pursuant to their contracts, and the express preemption clause of the FEHBA does not violate the Supremacy Clause.
Apr 18, 2017
15-1248 - McLane Company, Inc. v. E.E.O.C - Opinion Announcement - April 03, 2017
A case in which the Court will decide whether a district court’s decision to enforce an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission subpoena should be reviewed “de novo,” or without deference to the lower court’s determination.
Apr 03, 2017
15-9260 - Dean v. United States - Opinion Announcement - April 03, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that 18 U.S.C. §924(c) does not prevent a sentencing court from using its discretion to consider the other mandatory minimum sentences a defendant might be facing when calculating an overall appropriate sentence.
Apr 03, 2017
15-1391 - Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman - Opinion Announcement - March 29, 2017
A case in which the Court decided that the New York General Business Law’s was not unconstitutionally vague under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Mar 29, 2017
15-797 - Moore v. Texas - Opinion Announcement - March 28, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the use of outdated medical standards regarding intellectual disability to determine whether a person is exempt from execution violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment as well as earlier precedent.
Mar 28, 2017
15-649 - Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. - Opinion Announcement - March 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that bankruptcy court cannot authorize a distribution of settlement proceeds in a manner that does not comply with the Bankruptcy Code’s priority distribution scheme.
Mar 22, 2017
15-827 - Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District - Opinion Announcement - March 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that, in order to provide children with disabilities a free and appropriate public education as guaranteed by the IDEA, school districts must offer children an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that is reasonably calculated to enable each child to make progress appropriate for that child’s circumstances.
Mar 22, 2017
15-866 - Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. - Opinion Announcement - March 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the test for deciding whether a feature of a “useful article” is copyrightable under the Copyright Act is whether the feature can be perceived as a two- or three-dimensional artwork that is separable from the useful article and if it would be a protectable pictorial, graphical, or sculptural work on its own.
Mar 22, 2017
14-9496 - Manuel v. City of Joliet - Opinion Announcement - March 21, 2017
A case in which the Court held that an individual’s right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure continues throughout the legal process of a criminal case.
Mar 21, 2017
15-1251 - National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. - Opinion Announcement - March 21, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the limitations on nominees to vacant positions serving in an acting capacity under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act apply equally to first assistants who take on the position and to those who are selected by the President from within the same agency or from another agency.
Mar 21, 2017
15-927 - SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products - Opinion Announcement - March 21, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that an unreasonable delay in litigation cannot bar claims for patent infringement that are brought within the six-year statutory period of limitations.
Mar 21, 2017
15-606 - Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado - Opinion Announcement - March 06, 2017
A case in which the Court held that the no-impeachment rule may not bar evidence of racial bias offered to prove a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.
Mar 06, 2017
15-8544 - Beckles v. United States - Opinion Announcement - March 06, 2017
A case in which the Court held that its holding in Johnson v. US regarding the unconstitutionality of the residual clause in the Armed Criminal Career Act does not apply retroactively to identical language in the Sentencing Guidelines.
Mar 06, 2017
15-680 - Bethune-Hill v. Virginia Board of Elections - Opinion Announcement - March 01, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that race can be shown to be the predominant factor in redistricting even when traditional principles are respected, and that district courts must engage in a holistic analysis.
Mar 01, 2017
14-1538 - Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. - Opinion Announcement - February 22, 2017
A case in which the Court held that supplying a single component of a multi-component invention from the United States for sale abroad does not expose the manufacturer to liability for infringement based on worldwide sales.
Feb 22, 2017
15-497 - Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools - Opinion Announcement - February 22, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s requirement that plaintiffs exhaust administrative remedies before suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act only applies to individuals seeking relief for the denial of a free and appropriate public education.
Feb 22, 2017
15-8049 - Buck v. Davis - Opinion Announcement - February 22, 2017
A case in which the Court held that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit applied an unduly burdensome standard of review on a Certificate of Appealability (COA) for a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel when it denied the COA for failing to demonstrate extraordinary circumstances.
Feb 22, 2017
14-1055 - Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corporation - Opinion Announcement - January 18, 2017
A case in which the Court determined that language in the federal charter of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) that authorizes the organization to sue and be sued does not mean that federal courts have subject matter jurisdiction over any case in which Fannie Mae is a plaintiff or defendant, and the Supreme Court’s precedent in American National Red Cross v. S.G. doe not require a different result.
Jan 18, 2017
15-5991 - Shaw v. United States - Opinion Announcement - December 12, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that, to convict a defendant of defrauding a financial institution under the Bank Fraud Act of 1984, the government does not need to prove that the target of the deception was a bank.
Dec 12, 2016
15-513 - State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby - Opinion Announcement - December 06, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that a violation of the False Claims Act’s seal requirement does not mandate dismissal of the complaint.
Dec 06, 2016
15-628 - Salman v. United States - Opinion Announcement - December 06, 2016
A case in which the Court held that evidence of a close family relationship sufficient is to sustain a conviction for insider trading.
Dec 06, 2016
15-777 - Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. - Opinion Announcement - December 06, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that, for the purpose of calculating damages in a patent infringement action, the infringing “article of manufacture” may be defined as either an end product sold to a consumer or as a component of that product.
Dec 06, 2016
15-537 - Bravo-Fernandez v. United States - Opinion Announcement - November 29, 2016
A case in which the Court decided that the Double Jeopardy Clause does not bar retrial when a jury returns an inconsistent verdict of conviction and acquittal and the convictions are later vacated for a completely separate legal error.
Nov 29, 2016
14-10154 - Voisine v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 27, 2016
A case in which the Court held that a reckless domestic violence assault qualifies as misdemeanor crime of domestic violence for the purpose of prohibiting firearm possession.
Jun 27, 2016
15-274 - Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt - Opinion Announcement - June 27, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the regulations at issue unconstitutionally imposed an undue burden on women seeking abortions because they created a substantial burden and did not actually serve the stated government interest.
Jun 27, 2016
15-274 - Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt - Dissenting Opinion - Alito - June 27, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the regulations at issue unconstitutionally imposed an undue burden on women seeking abortions because they created a substantial burden and did not actually serve the stated government interest.
Jun 27, 2016
15-474 - McDonnell v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 27, 2016
A case in which the Court held that, for the purpose of federal bribery statutes, an “official act” is a decision or action on a question, matter, cause, suit, proceeding, or controversy that involves a specific exercise of formal governmental power.
Jun 27, 2016
13-1496 - Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2016
A case in which the equally divided Court affirmed the lower court, determining a tribal court had jurisdiction to adjudicate civil tort claims against nonmembers.
Jun 23, 2016
14-1468 - Birchfield v. North Dakota - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that warrantless blood tests incident to an arrest for drunk driving violate the Fourth Amendment, but warrantless breath tests incident to an arrest for drunk driving do not.
Jun 23, 2016
14-981 - Fisher v. University of Texas - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the University of Texas’ use of race as a consideration in the admissions process did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Jun 23, 2016
14-981 - Fisher v. University of Texas - Dissenting Opinion - Alito - June 23, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the University of Texas’ use of race as a consideration in the admissions process did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Jun 23, 2016
15-6092 - Mathis v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that a state crime cannot qualify as a predicate offense under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) if the elements of the state offense are broader than those of a listed generic offense based on an “elements-only inquiry,” not a modified categorical approach.
Jun 23, 2016
15-674 - United States v. Texas - Opinion Announcement - June 23, 2016
A case in which the equally divided Court affirmed the lower court's judgment that the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program was arbitrary and capricious, and failed to undergo notice-and-comment procedures as required by the Administrative Procedure Act.
Jun 23, 2016
14-1373 - Utah v. Strieff - Opinion Announcement - June 20, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that, in the absence of flagrant police misconduct, the discovery of a valid, pre-existing, and untainted arrest warrant attenuated the connection between the unconstitutional investigatory stop and the evidence seized incident to the lawful arrest.
Jun 20, 2016
14-6166 - Taylor v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 20, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that, in a prosecution for robbery under the Hobbs Act, the commerce element is satisfied when the government shows that the defendant robbed a drug dealer of drugs or drug proceeds.
Jun 20, 2016
15-138 - RJR Nabisco v. The European Community - Opinion Announcement - June 20, 2016
A case in which the Court held that some sections of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute can apply extraterritorially because Congress clearly based them on predicate offenses that can occur outside of the United States.
Jun 20, 2016
15-415 - Encino Motorcars v. Navarro - Opinion Announcement - June 20, 2016
A case in which the Court held that, because the Department of Labor did not give adequate reasons for altering its position on whether service advisors are exempt from overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the case should be remanded for reinterpretation that does not give controlling weight to the Department’s 2011 position.
Jun 20, 2016
15-446 - Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee - Opinion Announcement - June 20, 2016
A case in which the Court held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board may apply the broadest reasonable interpretation of patent claims during an inter partes review proceeding, and such a proceeding is not judicially reviewable.
Jun 20, 2016
14-916 - Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States - Opinion Announcement - June 16, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the Court had jurisdiction to address the merits of the case even if the contracts had already been performed, and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “set-aside” for veteran-owned businesses is mandatory.
Jun 16, 2016
15-375 - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons - Opinion Announcement - June 16, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that, when deciding whether to grant attorney’s fees under Section 505 of the Copyright Act, courts should give substantial weight to the objective reasonableness of the losing party’s position, but that determination should not be the controlling factor.
Jun 16, 2016
15-7 - Universal Health Services, Inc. v. Escobar - Opinion Announcement - June 16, 2016
A case in which the Court held that the implied certification test could be a valid basis for False Claims Act liability, and the conditions of payment with which the defendant allegedly failed to comply did not need to be explicitly stated.
Jun 16, 2016
14-1513 - Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics Inc. - Opinion Announcement - June 13, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the rigid two-part test is not necessary for determining whether a patentee is eligible for enhanced damages under 35 U.S.C §284.
Jun 13, 2016
15-233 - Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust - Opinion Announcement - June 13, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code preempted the Puerto Rico statute that allowed public utilities to restructure their debt.
Jun 13, 2016
15-420 - United States v. Bryant - Opinion Announcement - June 13, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the use of an uncounseled conviction in tribal court proceedings that complied with the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 (ICRA) as a predicate offense under 18 U.S.C. 117(a) did not violate the Sixth Amendment.
Jun 13, 2016
15-108 - Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle - Opinion Announcement - June 09, 2016
A case in which the Court held that Puerto Rico and the U.S. federal government are the same sovereign entity for the purpose of the Double Jeopardy Clause.
Jun 09, 2016
15-458 - Dietz v. Bouldin - Opinion Announcement - June 09, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that a federal district court judge has some ability to recall jurors in a civil case after identifying an error in their verdict, subject to certain limitations to ensure the jurors were not prejudiced.
Jun 09, 2016
15-5040 - Williams v. Pennsylvania - Opinion Announcement - June 09, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments are violated when a judge who was previously involved in the case as a prosecutor declines to recuse himself, regardless of whether that judge’s decision as part of a multi-member tribunal was dispositive.
Jun 09, 2016
15-109 - Simmons v. Himmelreich - Opinion Announcement - June 06, 2016
A case in which the Court determined that the judgment bar of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) does not apply to claims dismissed for falling under the exceptions to the FTCA.
Jun 06, 2016