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National Aeronautics and Space Administration v. Nelson

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-530 9th Cir. Oct 5, 2010
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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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