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This week at the court

June 17th, 2018 12:00 PM

This week at the courtOn Monday the Supreme Court will release orders from the June 14 conference at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions in argued cases at 10 a.m. On Thursday the justices will meet for their June 21 conference; our list of “petitions to watch” for that conference will be available soon.

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Petitions of the day

June 15th, 2018 06:00 PM

Petitions of the dayThe petitions of the day are: Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda 17-1623 Issue: Whether the prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a)(1), against employment discrimination “because of . . . sex” encompasses discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation. Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia 17-1618 Issue: Whether discrimination against an […]

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Justices release financial disclosures

June 15th, 2018 09:44 AM

Justices release financial disclosuresYesterday the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts released the 2017 financial disclosure reports for the justices of the Supreme Court. The reports are relatively opaque – they indicate the value of investments only in a wide range, for example – and do not include the value of the real estate in which the justices […]

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Friday round-up

June 15th, 2018 07:30 AM

Friday round-upYesterday the Supreme Court issued opinions in two cases. Mark Walsh has a “view” from the courtroom for this blog. In Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, the justices held 7-2 that a Minnesota law banning political apparel at polling places is facially overbroad under the First Amendment. Amy Howe has this blog’s opinion analysis. Subscript provides […]

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Petition of the day

June 14th, 2018 06:00 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Merus N.V. 17-1616 Issue: Whether a patent right can be fully extinguished based on misconduct committed by the patentee’s counsel during federal district court litigation to enforce the patent right.

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A “view” from the courtroom: “Only a few more days”It’s the first “extra” day for opinions of this term, and that fact is reflected in the courtroom. The public gallery is pretty full, but the bar section is almost entirely empty. With no bar admissions, the court’s impromptu extra opinion days rarely attract a large number of members of the Supreme Court bar, with […]

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Opinion analysis: “Respectful consideration,” but not deference, required on foreign-law questionsThe Supreme Court today ruled that a U.S. court does not need to take at face value a foreign government’s word about how that country’s laws operate. Instead, the justices explained, although courts should “carefully consider” what a foreign government says about its own laws, they are not bound by those views; they can also […]

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Opinion analysis: Court strikes down Minnesota ban on “political” apparel at the pollsWhen Minnesota voters go to the polls in November, they’ll likely have more wardrobe options than the last time the state held an election. That’s because this morning the Supreme Court ruled that a state law prohibiting voters from wearing clothing or other apparel containing political messages to the polls violates the First Amendment. Minnesota […]

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Live blog of opinions (Update: Completed)We live-blogged as the Supreme Court released opinions in Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. The transcript of the live blog is available below and at this link. 

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Thursday round-up

June 14th, 2018 07:07 AM

Thursday round-upAt Rewire.News, Imani Gandy remarks that in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, in which the justices upheld Ohio’s process for removing infrequent voters from the state’s voter rolls, Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent, which “draw[s] the connection between historical voter suppression and the pernicious effects of Ohio’s voter purge process,” is the only opinion “that puts […]

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