Yesterday the Court heard oral arguments in two cases, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories and PPL Montana LLC v. Montana. Lyle Denniston covered the oral argument for this blog in Mayo — in which the Court is considering the scope of patent rights for a method of gauging medical patients’ reaction to drug dosages — while Greg Stohr has a detailed report for Bloomberg. Other coverage comes from Adam Liptak at the New York Times, Robert Barnes of the Washington Post, Gene Quinn at IP Watchdog, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press (via the Washington Post), Reuters, Ars Technica, and Patently-O. Before the oral argument, the Minneapolis Star Tribune previewed the case, while Alex Philippidis analyzes the amicus filings in the case at Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News and concludes that if the Court’s recent decision in “Bilski v. Kappos is any guide, the court’s standard can be expected not to rely on the rigidity of a single test but on some combination of tests grounded in precedent and designed to advance life science innovation.”
In PPL Montana, which Thomas Merrill previewed for this blog, the Court considers what the proper test should be for determining a river’s navigability. Bloomberg previewed the case, as did NBC Montana, while the Associated Press (via CBS), the PBS Newshour, Greenwire, and KURL8 News of Billings, Montana all provide coverage of the oral argument.
Yesterday, the University of Texas filed its brief opposing certiorari in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the challenge to its affirmative action policies. Lyle reported on the filing for this blog, which Adam Chandler also discusses in a post at Just Enrichment.
Tuesday’s oral argument in the Confrontation Clause case Williams v. Illinois (which is also our topic in today’s Community) continues to generate discussion. Federal Evidence Review posted both a preview and review of the case, while Garrett Epps of the Atlantic reports that the oral argument as “highlight[ed] a split in the Court’s conservative wing.” Debra Cassens Weiss of the ABA Journal and the Associated Press (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) also have coverage.