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14-1175Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt(1) Whether the federal discretionary-function immunity rule, 28 U.S.C. § 2680(a), is categorically inapplicable to intentional torts and bad-faith conduct; (2) whether Nevada may refuse to extend to sister States haled into Nevada courts the same immunities Nevada enjoys in those courts; and (3) whether Nevada v. Hall, 440 U.S. 410 (1979), which permits a sovereign State to be haled into the courts of another State without its consent, should be overruled. (Opinion by )
14-1225Falcon Express International, Inc. v. DHL Express (USA), Inc.Whether common-law fraud claims are preempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act or by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 in the absence of a determination that such claims expressly reference air or motor carriers’ rates, routes, or services, or that entertaining such claims would have a significant economic effect on such rates, routes, or services. (Opinion by )
14-1132Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. ManningWhether Section 27 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 provides federal jurisdiction over state-law claims seeking to establish liability based on violations of the Act or its regulations or seeking to enforce duties created by the Act or its regulations. (Opinion by )
14-1085Ford Motor Co. v. United States1. Whether the Sixth Circuit improperly held petitioner to a heightened burden in construing the substantive interest provision of 26 U.S.C. § 6611; and (2) whether the Sixth Circuit improperly frustrated petitioner's right to rely on the Internal Revenue Service’s own published guidance materials. (Opinion by )
14-1082Renzi v. United States(1) Whether legislative fact-finding by an individual Member of Congress is a legislative act protected by the Speech or Debate Clause; (2) whether a Member of Congress' official actions to develop, evaluate, and draft legislation that are undertaken prior to the formal introduction of a bill are legislative acts protected by the Speech or Debate Clause; and (3) whether a Member of Congress can waive the protections of the Speech or Debate Clause only by explicitly and unequivocally renouncing them. (Opinion by )
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