Issue: (1) Whether, when interpreting Interconnection Agreements issued
pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996,
state agencies that interpret those agreements are entitled
to deference on pure matters of law; (2) to resolve a split in the circuits, whether the Telecommunications
Act of 1996 authorizes federal courts
jurisdiction to evaluate the Mississippi Public Service
Commission’s interpretation of a negotiated interconnection
agreement or simply to evaluate whether the
interconnection agreement complies with the substantive
requirements of the Act; and (3) whether the Telecommunication Act of 1996 preempts the
Mississippi legislature’s right to determine the deference
given to the Mississippi Public Service Commission
through its enabling act.
3/31Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Whether the Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se”.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
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