Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the February 23 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31. Amy Howe has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in Ohio v. American Express Co. Beth Farmer has our preview.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration v. Nelson

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-530 9th Cir. Oct 5, 2010
Jan 19, 2011 8-0 Alito OT 2010

Holding: The Court upheld NASA's background checks for employees of companies working under contract. (Kagan, J., recused).

Plain English Holding: NASA's background checks for employees of companies working under contracts with the agency do not violate any constitutional right to informational privacy that the employees may have.

Judgment: Reversed, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Alito on January 19, 2011. (Kagan, J., recused).

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Briefs and Documents

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Certiorari-Stage Documents

  • Opinion Below (9th Circuit, denial of rehearing en banc)
  • Petition for Certiorari (unavailable)
  • Brief in Opposition (unavailable)
  • Petitioner’s Reply (unavailable)
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