Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Fedder v. Addus Healthcare, Inc.

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-1398 7th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issue: (1) Whether Section 1927 of Title 28 of the United States Code, which provides that when an attorney “unreasonably and vexatiously” multiplies proceedings, he may be required “to satisfy personally the excess costs, expenses, and attorneys' fees reasonably incurred because of such conduct,” categorically prohibits courts from considering an attorney's ability to pay when exercising their discretion in determining the amount of sanctions to be imposed; and (2) whether Section 1927 permits courts to impose sanctions when the attorney’s conduct was neither reckless nor in subjective bad faith.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Apr 2 2014Application (13A996) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from April 17, 2014 to May 17, 2014, submitted to Justice Kagan.
Apr 2 2014Application (13A996) granted by Justice Kagan extending the time to file until May 17, 2014.
May 19 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 23, 2014)
Jun 23 2014Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Equal Rights Advocates, et al.
Jun 23 2014Waiver of right of respondents Addus Healthcare, Inc., et al. to respond filed.
Jul 2 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 29, 2014.
Jul 8 2014Response Requested . (Due August 7, 2014)
Aug 7 2014Brief of respondents Addus Healthcare, Inc., Lorie Humphrey, and Kim Evans in opposition filed.
Aug 26 2014Reply of petitioner Richard S. Fedder filed.
Aug 27 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 29, 2014.
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