This morning, the Court granted certiorari in five cases, and it called for the views of the Acting Solicitor General on two pending petitions.  No opinions were issued today.  The full order list is here.

The cases in which the Court granted cert. this morning are:

Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (Granted )

Docket: 09-1159
Issue(s): Whether a federal contractor university’s statutory right under the Bayh-Dole Act in inventions arising from federally funded research can be terminated unilaterally by an individual inventor through a separate agreement purporting to assign the inventor’s rights to a third party.

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J.D.B. v. North Carolina (Granted )

Docket: 09-11121
Issue(s): Whether a court may consider a juvenile's age in a Miranda custody analysis in evaluating the totality of the circumstances and determining whether a reasonable person in the juvenile's position would have felt he was not free to terminate police questioning and leave?

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Davis v. United States (Granted )

Docket: 09-11328
Issue(s): The good-faith exemption to the exclusionary rule allows evidence collected in violation of the Fourth Amendment to be admitted at trial if the police officers conducting the search acted in good faith. Does the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule apply to a search that was authorized by precedent at the time of the search but is subsequently ruled unconstitutional?

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In the following case, the Court granted cert. on the questions presented, and ordered the parties to brief the following additional question: “Does the Court have jurisdiction to review the decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court?”

Fox v. Vice (Granted )

Docket: 10-114
Issue(s): 1) Whether defendants can be awarded attorney's fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988 in an action based on a dismissal of a claim, when the plaintiff has asserted other interrelated and non-frivolous claims; and 2) whether it is improper to award defendants all of the attorney's fees they incurred in an action under 42 U.S.C. § 1988, when the fees were spent defending non-frivolous claims that were intertwined with the frivolous claim.

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In addition, the Court called for the views of the Acting Solicitor General on the following petitions:

PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana (Granted )

Docket: 10-218
Issue(s): Whether the constitutional test for determining whether a section of a river is navigable for title purposes requires a trial court to determine, based on evidence, whether the relevant stretch of the river was navigable at the time the state joined the Union.

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John Crane, Inc. v. Atwell

Docket: 10-272
Issue(s): Whether the Boiler Inspection Act, 49 U.S.C. § 20701-03 (2006), impliedly preempts the field of locomotive equipment and thereby bars respondents state-law claim?

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Also of note, the Court denied certiorari today in Wong v. Smith, 09-1031. Justice Alito dissented from the denial of certiorari in that case; the Chief Justice and Justice Scalia joined his dissent.

Posted in Merits Cases

Recommended Citation: Anna Christensen, Questions presented and briefs from today’s order list, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 1, 2010, 10:38 AM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2010/11/todays-orders-from-the-october-29-conference/