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14-915Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association(1) Whether Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed. should be overruled and public-sector “agency shop” arrangements invalidated under the First Amendment; and (2) whether it violates the First Amendment to require that public employees affirmatively object to subsidizing nonchargeable speech by public-sector unions, rather than requiring that employees affirmatively consent to subsidizing such speech. (Opinion by )
14-910Allstate Insurance Company v. Jimenez(1) Whether the court of appeals erred in holding, in conflict with decisions of the Second, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits, that the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 are satisfied by purportedly “common” questions that do not resolve the defendant's liability as to any individual class member and would require hundreds of separate follow-up trials; and (2) whether the court of appeals erred in holding that Rule 23 and the Due Process Clause permit class-wide resolution of a defendant's liability through a class process that prevents the defendant from raising individualized defenses in the liability phase. (Opinion by )
14-781United States v. CMS Contract Management ServicesWhether the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977, 31 U.S.C. 6301 et seq., requires the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to use procurement contracts rather than cooperative agreements as the legal instruments for conveying federal funds to state and local public housing agencies in connection with programs under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1437f. (Opinion by )
14-959KeHE Distributors, LLC v. Killion(1) Whether an employee's right to join a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is waivable (as the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits have held) or non-waivable (as the Sixth Circuit held here); and (2) whether employees make “sales” within the meaning of the FLSA when they work entirely on commission based on orders that they “write and transmit” to replenish a customer's inventory, but do not singlehandedly cause sales volume to increase. (Opinion by )
14-7327Carr v. Kansas(1) Whether the retroactive elimination of felony murder as a lesser included offense of capital murder violates the Ex Post Facto Clause and the Eighth Amendment; (2) whether the Kansas Supreme Court applied the wrong standard of review in denying petitioner's claim that the trial court erred by denying his motion for change of venue; and (3) whether the Kansas Supreme Court violated the petitioner's right to due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by identifying eight separate and distinct trial errors yet still affirming his convictions. (Opinion by )
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