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Yesterday the Court heard oral arguments in the challenge to an EPA rule that restricts the release of mercury and other pollutants from power plants.  Coverage comes from Lyle Denniston for this blog, Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News, Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire, Tony Mauro of the Supreme Court Brief (subscription required) and Richard Wolf of USA Today.  Commentary comes from Michael Bobelian of Forbes and  the editorial boards of The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the (Eugene, Or.) Register-Guard, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Court issued two opinions in argued cases yesterday.  In the Alabama redistricting cases, it sent a Republican plan for state legislative districts back to the lower court for further consideration.  Rick Hasen covered the opinion for this blog, with other coverage coming from Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News, Richard Wolf of USA Today (who also has a separate story about Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinion in the case), and Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal.  Commentary comes from Chris Kieser of the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Liberty Blog, Steven Schwinn at the Constitutional Law Prof Blog, Rick Hills at PrawfsBlawg, and Kent Scheidegger at Crime and Consequences.

In Young v. United Parcel Service, the Court sent the case of a female UPS driver who became pregnant back to the lower court for it to reconsider its ruling.  Lyle Denniston covered the decision for this blog, with other coverage coming from Mark Walsh for Education Week (registration required), Richard Wolf of USA Today, Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), and Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News. Commentary comes from Hera Arsen and Brian McDermott at the Ogletree Deakins blog,


  • In a column for USA Today, Richard Wolf suggests that, “[f]or three years, through the re-election of a president and a Republican takeover of Congress, neither the executive nor legislative branch of government has held a candle to the increased power of the Supreme Court.”
  • For the Financial Times (registration required), Demetri Sevastopulo covers Tuesday’s oral arguments in Bank of America v. Caulkett and Bank of America v. Toledo-Cardona, in which it considered whether bankruptcy courts can void a second mortgage when the first mortgage is underwater.
  • In The Huffington Post, Sam Stein suggests that, after a review of numerous public records relating to the tax subsidies at issue in King v. Burwell, “[t]here was not a single instance of an administration official warning that if states decided not to run their own health care exchanges, their citizens would not be eligible for the tax credit subsidies.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 26, 2015, 6:05 AM),