Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
15-415 9th Cir. Apr 20, 2016
Tr.Aud.
Jun 20, 2016 6-2 Kennedy OT 2015

Holding: The Fair Labor Standards Act exempts “any salesman, partsman, or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing automobiles” from an employer’s general obligation to pay overtime to employees who work more than forty hours in a week. Because the Department of Labor’s 2011 interpretation of this provision was issued without the reasoned explanation that was required in light of the department’s change in position and the significant reliance interests involved, the provision must be construed without placing controlling weight on that interpretation.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy on June 20, 2016. Justice Ginsburg filed a concurring opinion, in which Justice Sotomayor joined. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Alito joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Aug 19 2015Application (15A210) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from August 30, 2015 to September 30, 2015, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
Aug 20 2015Application (15A210) granted by Justice Kennedy extending the time to file until September 30, 2015.
Sep 30 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 4, 2015)
Oct 5 2015Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 4, 2015.
Nov 4 2015Brief amici curiae of National Automobile Dealers Association, et al. filed.
Dec 4 2015Brief of respondents Hector Navarro, et al. in opposition filed.
Dec 22 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 8, 2016.
Dec 22 2015Reply of petitioner Encino Motorcars, LLC filed. (Distributed)
Jan 11 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 15, 2016.
Jan 15 2016Petition GRANTED.
Jan 29 2016Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for respondents
Feb 1 2016Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioner.
Feb 29 2016Joint appendix filed.
Feb 29 2016Brief of petitioner Encino Motorcars, LLC filed.
Mar 4 2016SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday April 20, 2016
Mar 7 2016Brief amici curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. filed.
Mar 7 2016Brief amici curiae of National Automobile Dealers Association, et al. filed.
Mar 14 2016Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
Mar 15 2016CIRCULATED.
Mar 30 2016Brief of respondents Hector Navarro, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 5 2016Brief amicus curiae of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO filed. (Distributed)
Apr 6 2016Brief amicus curiae of the United States filed. (Distributed)
Apr 6 2016Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Apr 6 2016Brief amici curiae of Law Professors filed. (Distributed)
Apr 6 2016Brief amici curiae of National Employment Lawyers Association, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 8 2016Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Apr 13 2016Reply of petitioner Encino Motorcars, LLC filed. (Distributed)
Apr 14 2016Letter, dated14 April 2016, received from counsel for respondents filed. (Distributed).
Apr 20 2016Argued. For petitioner: Paul D. Clement, Washington, D. C. For respondents: Stephanos Bibas, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Anthony A. Yang, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae).
Jun 20 2016Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED. Kennedy, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Ginsburg, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which Sotomayor, J., joined. Thomas, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Alito, J., joined.
Jul 22 2016JUDGMENT ISSUED
 
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