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Petition of the day

September 19th, 2017 08:20 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Ho v. ReconTrust Co. 17-278 Issue: Whether entities conducting foreclosure-related activities, including notifying borrowers that their homes will be sold unless payment is made, are subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s general restrictions on “debt collectors.”

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Francisco confirmed as solicitor general

September 19th, 2017 02:00 PM

Francisco confirmed as solicitor generalBy a vote of 50-47 that broke down almost completely on party lines, the Senate today confirmed Noel Francisco to serve as the solicitor general, the government’s top lawyer in the Supreme Court. Francisco’s confirmation comes less than two weeks before the court’s new term is scheduled to start, with a number of important cases […]

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Tuesday round-up

September 19th, 2017 07:08 AM

Tuesday round-upIn The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro highlights an amicus brief filed “on behalf of a group of ‘cake artists’ across the country” in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which stems from a baker’s refusal to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple; the brief “contains roughly three […]

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Petition of the day

September 18th, 2017 08:20 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: White v. United States 17-270 Disclosure: Vinson & Elkins LLP, whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in this case. Issue: Whether, under the Speedy Trial Act, time engaged in a plea negotiation that does not result in a finalized plea agreement is […]

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Monday round-up

September 18th, 2017 07:27 AM

Monday round-upThe challenge to President Donald Trump’s March executive order on immigration continues to generate headlines. At CNN, Ariane de Vogue reports that although “[t]he Supreme Court is poised to hear oral arguments in the travel ban case early next month,” in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, “that doesn’t actually mean justices will ever decide […]

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Petition of the day

September 15th, 2017 08:20 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Muccio v. Minnesota 17-209 Issue: Whether statutes of this kind, which criminalize any sexually related speech sent to a minor electronically with the intent to arouse, satisfy First Amendment scrutiny.

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Symposium: Conscience, conditions, and access to civil societyRichard W. Garnett is the Paul J. Schierl / Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He joined an amicus brief with 33 other legal scholars in support of the cakeshop in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It is striking how easy it has become for a […]

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Challengers ask Supreme Court to speed up Texas redistricting casesEarly this week, the Supreme Court – over the dissent of the court’s four more liberal justices – granted Texas’ request to put on hold two lower-court orders that had invalidated two of the state’s federal congressional districts and the state’s maps for the lower house of the Texas legislature. The two courts’ orders had […]

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Event announcement

September 15th, 2017 02:14 PM

Event announcementOn September 29 at 12 p.m., the Pacific Legal Foundation and National Review Institute will host an event titled “The Consequential Cases in the Supreme Court’s 2017-2018 Term.” Speakers include Michael Carvin, John Elwood and Donald Verrilli, Jr.; Ramesh Ponnuru will serve as moderator. More information about the event can be found on the Foundation’s […]

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Symposium: Commercial products as speech – When a cake is just a cakeMary L. Bonauto is the Civil Rights Project Director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders. This case is not really about a cake. It is about equal citizenship of gay people, and whether we may engage in the kinds of ordinary transactions others take for granted in the commercial marketplace and beyond. Will moral objections […]

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