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.

Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-448 4th Cir. Apr 26, 2010
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May 24, 2010 9-0 Thomas OT 2009

Holding: In certain retirement-benefits cases, a party requesting attorney's fees from the court does not need to be the prevailing party in the case; a court may award fees to her as long as she has achieved some degree of success in the case.

Judgment: Reversed and Remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas on May 24, 2010. Justice Stevens concurred in part and in the judgment.

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