National Aeronautics and Space Administration v. Nelson
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
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
- Brief for Petitioner National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Brief for Respondents Robert M. Nelson, et al.
- Reply Brief for Petitioner National Aeronautics and Space Administration, et al.
- Brief for Consumer Data Industry Association, The National Association of Professional Background Screeners, Reed Elsevier Inc., and The National Association of Screening Agencies in Suppport of Petitioner
- Brief for the American Civil Liberties Union in Support of Respondent
- Brief for Union of Concerned Scientists in Support of Respondent
- Brief for Drug Policy Alliance in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the American Astronomical Society in Support of Respondent
- Brief for California Employment Lawyers Association in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Support of Respondent
- Opinion Below (9th Circuit, denial of rehearing en banc)
- Petition for Certiorari (unavailable)
- Brief in Opposition (unavailable)
- Petitioner’s Reply (unavailable)