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Details on today’s grants

The Court granted four new cases today (details are below the jump).  It did not call for the views of the Solicitor General in any new cases.  The full order list is here. Lyle’s posts on the grants are here and  here. Update:  Greg Stohr of Bloomberg also has reactions to the order list here and here.

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Granted )

Docket: 10-1491
Issue(s): (1) Whether the issue of corporate civil tort liability under the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, is a merits question or instead an issue of subject matter jurisdiction; and (2) whether corporations are immune from tort liability for violations of the law of nations such as torture, extrajudicial executions or genocide or may instead be sued in the same manner as any other private party defendant under the ATS for such egregious violations.

Certiorari stage documents:

Elgin v. Dep’t of the Treasury (Granted )

Docket: 11-45
Issue(s): Whether the Civil Service Reform Act impliedly precludes federal district courts from having jurisdiction over constitutional claims for equitable relief brought by federal employees.

Certiorari stage documents:

United States v. Alvarez (Granted )

Docket: 11-210
Issue(s): Whether the Stolen Valor Act, 18 U.S.C. § 704(b), which makes it a crime to falsely represent that you have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States, is facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Certiorari stage documents:

Mohamad v. Rajoub (Granted)

Docket:  11-88

Issue(s):  Whether the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 permits actions against defendants that are not natural persons.

Certiorari stage documents:

Recommended Citation: Kali Borkoski, Details on today’s grants, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 17, 2011, 10:45 AM),