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Time of Senate inaction since the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court
Merits Case Pages and Archives
On Monday, the justices met for their September 26 conference. They issued orders from this conference on Thursday. The court granted certiorari in nine cases, consolidating two. The October sitting will begin on October 3; the argument calendar for that sitting is available on the court's website.
- Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami
(1) Whether, by limiting suit to “aggrieved person[s],” Congress required that a Fair Housing Act plaintiff plead more than just Article III injury-in-fact; and (2) whether proximate cause requires more than just the possibility that a defendant could have foreseen that the remote plaintiff might ultimately lose money through some theoretical chain of contingencies.
- Moore v. Texas
(1) Whether it violates the Eighth Amendment and this Court’s decisions in Hall v. Florida and Atkins v. Virginia to prohibit the use of current medical standards on intellectual disability, and require the use of outdated medical standards, in determining whether an individual may be executed.
- Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado
Whether a no-impeachment rule constitutionally may bar evidence of racial bias offered to prove a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.
- Murr v. Wisconsin
Whether, in a regulatory taking case, the “parcel as a whole” concept as described in Penn Central Transportation Company v. City of New York, establishes a rule that two legally distinct but commonly owned contiguous parcels must be combined for takings analysis purposes.
- Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley
Whether the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses when the state has no valid Establishment Clause concern.
- Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami
- BeavEx Inc. v. Costello Whether the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act preempts generally-applicable state laws that force motor carriers to treat and pay all drivers as “employees” rather than as independent contractors.
- Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund Whether state courts lack subject matter jurisdiction over covered class actions that allege only Securities Act of 1933 claims.
- New Mexico Association of Nonpublic Schools v. Moses Whether applying a Blaine Amendment to exclude religious organizations from a state textbook lending program violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Conference of September 26, 2016
Recent Special Features
- The Court after Scalia
- Symposium before the oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley
- Symposium on the Court's ruling in McDonnell v. United States
- Symposium on the Court's ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt
- Symposium on the Court's ruling in United States v. Texas
- Symposium on the Court's ruling in Fisher II
- Symposium on the Court's ruling in Zubik v Burwell
- The potential nominees to succeed Justice Scalia
- Tributes to Justice Antonin Scalia
- Justice Scalia passes away
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On September 12, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke with Judge Ann Claire Williams of the Seventh Circuit at the University of Notre Dame.
Awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.
Sigma Delta Chi
Awarded the Sigma Delta Chi deadline reporting award for online coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
National Press Club Award
Awarded the National Press Club's Breaking News Award for coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
Silver Gavel Award
Awarded the Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for fostering the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
American Gavel Award
Awarded the American Gavel Award for Distinguished Reporting About the Judiciary to recognize the highest standards of reporting about courts and the justice system.
Awarded the Webby Award for excellence on the internet.
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