Murphy v. Smith

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-1067 7th Cir. Dec 6, 2017
Tr.Aud.
Feb 21, 2018 5-4 Gorsuch OT 2017

Holding: In cases governed by 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(d), district courts must apply as much of a judgment in a federal civil rights suit as necessary, up to 25 percent, to satisfy an award of attorney’s fees.

Judgment: Affirmed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Gorsuch on February 21, 2018. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 02 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 5, 2017)
Mar 30 2017Waiver of right of respondent Robert Smith, et al. to respond filed.
Apr 03 2017Brief amici curiae of Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, et al. filed.
Apr 12 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 28, 2017.
Apr 12 2017Response Requested. (Due May 12, 2017)
Apr 25 2017Order extending time to file response to petition to and including June 12, 2017.
Jun 14 2017Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including July 12, 2017.
Jul 12 2017Brief of respondents Robert Smith, et al. in opposition filed.
Jul 18 2017Reply of petitioner Charles Murphy filed.
Jul 26 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 25, 2017.
Aug 25 2017Petition GRANTED.
Sep 05 2017Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Charles Murphy.
Sep 29 2017Brief of petitioner Charles Murphy filed.
Oct 06 2017Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties, et al. filed.
Oct 06 2017SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Oct 10 2017Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED.
Oct 20 2017CIRCULATED
Oct 30 2017Brief of respondents Robert Smith, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Nov 06 2017Brief amici curiae of States of Michigan, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Nov 16 2017Reply of petitioner Charles Murphy filed. (Distributed)
Dec 06 2017Argued. For petitioner: Stuart Banner, Los Angeles, Cal. For respondents: Brett E. Legner, Deputy Solicitor General, Chicago, Ill.
Feb 21 2018Adjudged to be AFFIRMED. Gorsuch, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito, JJ., joined. Sotomayor, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan, JJ., joined.
Mar 26 2018JUDGMENT ISSUED.
 
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