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17-522Hankins v. United StatesWhether, where a victim entitled to restitution under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996 neither accepts restitution nor assigns it to the Crime Victims Fund, the district court may nonetheless order the defendant to pay restitution to the Crime Victims Fund, despite the absence of statutory authority for such an order. (Opinion by )
17-512Butts v. Sellers(1) Whether a court unreasonably applies Strickland v. Washington by measuring trial counsel's performance against the prevailing professional norms of a local judicial circuit where those local practices deviated from prevailing national or state norms; and (2) whether a federal habeas court's decision that it “cannot and will not second guess trial counsel's strategic decision” is consistent with Strickland. (Opinion by )
17-494South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.Whether the Supreme Court should abrogate Quill Corp. v. North Dakota's sales-tax-only, physical presence requirement. (Opinion by )
17-475Securities and Exchange Commission v. BandimereWhether administrative law judges of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who act as hearing officers in administrative proceedings, are inferior officers under the appointments clause. (Opinion by )
17-343Convergex Group, LLC v. FletcherWhether a participant in a defined-benefit ERISA plan may claim “representational” standing and rely on only his plan's injuries to satisfy article III's standing requirement, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has held; or whether the participant must establish his own article III standing to proceed, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th Circuits have held. (Opinion by )
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