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Editor's Note :

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Dignity Health v. Rollins

Consolidated with:

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-258 9th Cir. Mar 27, 2017
Tr.Aud.
TBD TBD TBD OT 2016

Issue: Whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974's church-plan exemption applies so long as a pension plan is maintained by an otherwise-qualifying church-affiliated organization, or whether the exemption applies only if, in addition, a church initially established the plan.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Aug 29 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 28, 2016)
Sep 7 2016Application (16A241) for a stay of mandate pending the disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
Sep 8 2016Response to application (16A241) requested by Justice Kennedy, due Monday, September 19, 2016, by 3 p.m. ET.
Sep 19 2016Response to application from respondent Starla Rollins filed.
Sep 21 2016Application (16A241) referred to the Court.
Sep 21 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including October 17, 2016.
Sep 21 2016Application (16A241) granted by the Court. The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is granted pending the disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the issuance of the judgment of this Court.
Oct 17 2016Brief of respondent Starla Rollins in opposition filed.
Nov 1 2016Reply of petitioners Dignity Health, et al. filed.
Nov 2 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 22, 2016.
Nov 28 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 2, 2016.
Dec 2 2016Petition GRANTED The petitions for writs of certiorari in 16-74 and 16-86 are granted. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. VIDED.
Dec 14 2016Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for respondent Starla Rollins.
Dec 14 2016Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioners.
Jan 17 2017Brief of petitioners Advocate Health Care Network, et al. filed. VIDED.
Jan 17 2017Joint appendix filed. (2 Vols.) VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of Church Alliance filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of Alliance Defending Freedom, and Thomas More Society filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Inc. filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of Church Defendant filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, et al. filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of Catholic Health Association of the United States filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of The General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventists filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of Christian Legal Society, et al. filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, et al. filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of The American Center for Law & Justice filed. VIDED
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of the United States filed. VIDED.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of The Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ, et al. filed. VIDED.
Jan 31 2017Letter containing additional disclosure pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 37.6 received from counsel for Church Defendants. VIDED.
Feb 3 2017SET FOR ARGUMENT on Monday, March 27, 2017. VIDED
Feb 6 2017Record requested from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
Feb 7 2017Record received from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit. The record is electronic and available on PACER. Also received SEALED pleadings.
Feb 7 2017Motion of the Deputy Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed. VIDED.
Feb 16 2017Brief of respondents Maria Stapleton, et al. filed. VIDED.
Feb 22 2017CIRCULATED.
Feb 22 2017Brief amicus curiae of National Employment Lawyers Association filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amici curiae of Americans United for Separation for Church and State. filed. et al. VIDED (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amicus curiae of Pension Rights Center filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amici curiae of AARP, and AARP Foundation filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amicus curiae of Professor Daniel I.Halperin filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 17 2017Motion of the Deputy Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED. VIDED
Mar 20 2017Reply of petitioners Advocate Health Care Network, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 27 2017Argued. For petitioners: Lisa S. Blatt, Washington, D. C.; and Malcolm L. Stewart, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondents: James A. Feldman, Washington, D. C. VIDED.
 
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