Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.

The Boeing Company v. United States

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-1302 Federal Cir. Jan 18, 2011
Tr.Aud.
May 23, 2011 9-0 Scalia OT 2010

Holding: When a court dismisses a contractor's prima facie valid affirmative defense to the government's allegations of breach of contract to protect state secrets, a proper remedy is to leave the parties where they were on the day they filed suit.

Plain English Holding: When litigation would end up disclosing state secrets, courts may not try the claims and may not award relief to either party.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Scalia on May 23, 2011.

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