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We expect orders from the February 17 conference on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, February 22.

Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado

Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
126 Original Oct 14, 2014
Tr.Aud.
Feb 24, 2015 6-3 Kagan OT 2014
 
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Holding: In a dispute over states’ rights to the waters of the Republican River Basin, the Court adopts the special master’s recommendations that Nebraska had “knowingly failed” to comply with the Republican River Compact; awarding Kansas $3.7 million for its losses and $1.8 million in partial disgorgement; declining to order an injunction against Nebraska; and reforming accounting procedures to ensure that Nebraska would not be charged with using Platte River water.

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Judgment: Exceptions to Special Master's Report overruled, and Master's recommendations adopted, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Kagan on February 24, 2015. Chief Justice Roberts joins the opinion as to Parts I and III. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia filed opinions concurring in part and dissenting in part. Justice Thomas filed and opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Justices Scalia and Alito joined, and in which Chief Justice Roberts joined as to Part III.

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