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10:02 – The Court granted certiorari this morning in the following three cases: Ashcroft v. Iqbal, et al. (07-1015), where the Second Circuit allowed a Bivens suit to proceed against FBI Director Robert Mueller, former Attorney General John Ashcroft and various prison officials over alleged detainee discrimination after September 11, 2001 (filings available here). Peake v. Sanders (07-1209) where the Federal Circuit found the failure of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to give notice to benefits’ claimants must be presumed to be prejudicial (filings available here). The Court also granted certiorari in Haywood v. Drown (07-10374), for which a description and certiorari filings will be made available shortly.

10:03 -The Court has released the opinion in Florida Dept. of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias (07-312), considering whether the Bankruptcy Code, which exempts from stamp or similar taxes any asset transfer “under a plan confirmed under section 1129 of the Code,” applies to transfers of assets occurring prior to the actual confirmation of such a plan. The ruling below, which found for the bankruptcy filer, is REVERSED.
Justice Thomas wrote the opinion. Justice Breyer dissented, joined by Justice Stevens. We will provide a link to the decision as soon as it is available.

10:06 – The Court has released the opinion in Dada v. Mukasey (06-1181), on whether the filing of a motion to reopen removal proceedings automatically tolls the period within which an alien must depart the country under an order granting voluntary departure. The ruling below, which found for the government, is reversed and remanded.

Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion. Justice Scalia dissented, joined by the Chief Justice and Justice Thomas. Justice Alito authored a separate dissent. We will provide a link to the decision as soon as it is available.

10:07 – Dada is the final opinion of the day. We will provide links to the orders and opinions as soon as they are available.

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