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This week at the court

April 30th, 2017 12:06 PM

This week at the courtWe expect orders from the April 28 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is also a possibility of opinions on Monday. The justices will meet next for their May 11 conference.

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Petition of the day

April 28th, 2017 11:36 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Missouri ex rel. Hawley v. Becerra 16-1015 Issue: Whether a state has parens patriae standing to challenge another state’s commercial regulations on the ground that those regulations violate the commerce clause by impermissibly discriminating against out-of-state commerce, unduly burdening interstate commerce and purporting to regulate commercial activity that occurs entirely outside […]

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This week’s oral argument audio and transcripts now available on OyezOyez has posted audio and transcripts from this week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. The court heard argument this week in: McWilliams v. Dunn Davila v. Davis Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. Maslenjak v. United States

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Now accepting internship applications (Deadline today)SCOTUSblog is still accepting applications from current law students interested in interning with us. The principal focus of the internship (which is a paid one) will be assisting with the “Petition of the day” and “Petitions to watch” features on the blog and maintaining the case pages. This will require roughly 10 to 20 hours […]

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In a surprise to virtually no one, the oral argument in the consolidated patent cases Sandoz v. Amgen and Amgen v. Sandoz showed the Supreme Court struggling to understand both the highly complex patent provisions in the Affordable Care Act (aka the “Obamacare” statute) and the many procedural complexities of the underlying litigation. The argument […]

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Arkansas executes fourth inmate in one weekWithout any recorded dissents, the Supreme Court last night declined to block the execution of Kenneth Williams. Williams was the fourth inmate executed in Arkansas in a week; the state had sought to execute eight inmates over a span of 11 days so that it could carry out the executions before one of the drugs […]

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Friday round-up

April 28th, 2017 07:09 AM

Friday round-upAt Reuters, Lawrence Hurley reports that during Wednesday’s argument in Maslenjak v. United States, an immigration case, Chief Justice John Roberts “took issue … with the Trump administration’s stance,” “saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.” Additional coverage of the argument in […]

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Roberts, Georgetown Law honor counselor to the chief justiceWith the final arguments of the Supreme Court term completed on Wednesday, Georgetown Law on Thursday held its traditional reception to thank participants in its moot court program and to recognize a special guest. The honoree this year was Jeffrey Minear, the counselor to Chief Justice John Roberts. And the reception brought together Roberts, Justice […]

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Petition of the day

April 27th, 2017 11:23 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Gill v. Whitford 16-1161 Issues: (1) Whether the district court violated Vieth v. Jubelirer when it held that it had the authority to entertain a statewide challenge to Wisconsin’s redistricting plan, instead of requiring a district-by-district analysis; (2) whether the district court violated Vieth when it held that Wisconsin’s redistricting plan was an impermissible partisan […]

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Asterisk Watch

April 27th, 2017 11:59 AM

Asterisk WatchJohn Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. So in the April 7 edition, we trumpeted that that the newly installed Justice Neil Gorsuch would surely participate in his first conference on April 13. Wrong! As indicated in a footnote in the next order list, the new junior justice sat that conference out (as it turns out, getting […]

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