Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Jan 11, 2012
|Mar 20, 2012||5-4||Kennedy||OT 2011|
Holding: Suits against the states under the self-care provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act are barred by sovereign immunity.
Plain English Summary:
Judgment: Affirmed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy on March 20, 2012. Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion, while Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined in full by Justice Breyer and joined by Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan with the exception of footnote 1.
- Argument recap: State workers face uphill battle in seeking damages for violations of federal medical leave provisions (Kevin Russell)
- Argument preview: Court to consider money damages for FMLA self-care violations (Kevin Russell)
Briefs and DocumentsMerits Briefs for the Petitioner
- Brief for National Partnership for Women and Families et al.
- Brief for Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Brief for Senator Tom Harkin et al.
- Brief for the Constitutional Accountability Center