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Wednesday round-up

Yesterday the Court heard oral arguments in Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg, in which it is considering whether a rabbi who was dismissed from Northwest’s frequent-flyer program can sue the airline under state law, or whether his claims are instead preempted by federal aviation laws.  Nina Totenberg previewed the case for NPR; coverage of the oral arguments comes from Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal and Jaclyn Belczyk of JURIST (who also covers the second case yesterday, Lexmark International v. Static Control Components).     

The Court also issued two opinions yesterday, in Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, a forum-selection case, and United States v. Woods, a tax case.   Peter Snyder reported on the decision in Atlantic Marine for JURIST, while Adam Steinman analyzed it at the Civil Procedure and Federal Courts Blog.  Jaclyn Belczyk reported on the decision in Woods for JURIST.

Other coverage continues to focus on last week’s grants in the contraceptive-mandate cases.  In his column for The Atlantic, Garrett Epps predicts that Hobby Lobby, one of the companies challenging the mandate, will prevail – “not because it’s a corporation, not because it’s Christian, but because its owners are rich.”   Frederick Mark Gedicks analyzes the cases in a guest post at ACSblog.


  • Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire previews next month’s oral argument in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, in which the Court will consider whether the government retains an interest in a right of way granted from public lands to railroads, which then abandoned the easement.

Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 4, 2013, 10:00 AM),