The Supreme Court on Monday released its oral arguments calendars for both the February and March sittings.   The arguments on the new federal health care law will occupy all sessions in the week of March 26.   Beyond these scheduled cases, any cases remaining to be heard during the current Term will be scheduled for the April sitting, the final one of the Term; that includes the major immigration control case, Arizona v. U.S. (11-182).

Following the jump, the two schedules are outlined, with a summary of the issues involved in each case.  All arguments will be for one hour each, unless otherwise noted.  Each day’s arguments begin at 10 a.m.  Afternoon arguments begin at 1 p.m.   Only one is scheduled, during the March sitting.

February calendar:

Mon., Feb. 20 — legal holiday, no arguments

Tue., Feb. 21:

10-1042 — Freeman v. Quicken Loans — home buyers’ protection from mortgage loan closing fees for which no service was provided

10-1472 — Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan — losing party’s duty to pay winner’s costs of translating foreign-language documents for use at trial

Wed., Feb. 22:

11-210 — U.S. v. Alvarez — constitutionality of Stolen Valor Act’s criminalization of false claims of receiving a military medal or decoration

11-1320 — Blueford v. Arkansas — bar to retrial of a capital murder charge after the jury deadlocks on lesser counts but acquits on murder count in the guilt phase

Mon., Feb. 27:

11-45 — Elgin v. U.S. Treasury Department — method that federal employees are to use to claim that they were fired in violation of their constitutional rights

10-9995 — Wood v. Milyard — appeals courts’ authority to determine timeliness of a habeas appeal

Tue., Feb. 28:

10-1491 — Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum — right of aliens to sue corporations under the Alien Tort Statute for human rights violations overseas

11-88 — Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority — right of U.S. citizens to sue political organizations under the Torture Victim Protection Act for human rights violations overseas

Wed., Feb. 29:

10-1032 — Magner v . Gallagher — application of federal Fair Housing Act to claims of “disparate impact” of city housing code enforcement on minority tenants

11-161 — Armour v. City of Indianapolis — constitutional duty of local governments to refund collected taxes in order to equalize tax treatment

March calendar:

Mon., March 19:

11-159 — Astrue v. Capato — scope of children’s right to survivor benefits under Social Security

11-94 — Southern Union Co. v. U.S. — constitutionality of criminal fines not based upon facts found by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt

Tue., March 20:

10 -9646 — Miller v. Alabama constitutionality of life-without-parole sentence for minor who commits murder

10-9647 — Jackson v. Hobbs — constitutionality of life-without-parole sentence for minor who commits murder

Wed., March 21:

11-199 — Vasquez v. U.S. — scope of harmless error when a defense lawyer’s improper comment about his client’s guilt is heard by the jury

11-262 — Reichle v. Howards — law enforcement officers’ immunity to a damages lawsuit for arresting an individual for exercising free-speech rights

Mon., March 26 (this week’s sitting is devoted to new federal health care law litigation):

11-398 — Health & Human Services Department v. Florida, et al. — federal Anti-Injunction Act as a bar to constitutional challenges to individual insurance mandate in Affordable Care Act

Tue., March 27:

11-398 — Health & Human Services Department v. Florida, et al.  — constitutionality of individual insurance mandate in Affordable Care Act (2 hours for argument)

Wed., March 28:

11-393 (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius) and 11-400 (Florida, et al., v. Health & Human Services Department ) — severability of other provisions of Affordable Care Act if individual insurance mandate is found unconstitutional (consolidated for 90 minutes of argument)

Argument at 1 p.m. — 11-400 (Florida, et al., v. Health & Human Services Department ) — constitutionality of Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid program for the poor and disabled (one hour of argument)






Posted in Featured, Merits Cases, Health Care

Recommended Citation: Lyle Denniston, February and March calendars — day by day, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 19, 2011, 12:25 PM),