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  • Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that, although some saw last Term’s “unusual showdown” over Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol as asign the court might soon take up the bigger question of the constitutionality of the death penalty itself,” “more recent signals from the court suggest that such a broad ruling is not likely any time soon, even though there are three death-penalty cases already on the docket for the new term.”
  • At the Petri-Flom Center’s Bill of Health Blog, Greg Lipper contends that last week’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit striking down the government’s accommodation for non-profits who object to the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate “all but assured that major parts of the Affordable Care Act will return to the Supreme Court’s chopping block.”
  • At the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Appellate Practice Blog, Lisa Soronen previews Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, in which the Court will consider whether Indian trial courts have jurisdiction to adjudicate civil tort claims against non-members, focusing on its implications for state and local governments.
  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Judith Schaeffer discusses Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a class-action case in which the Court will hear oral arguments this fall, in light of her own experiences as a named plaintiff in a class action.

 [Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioners in Dollar General. However, I am not affiliated with the firm.]

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Tuesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 22, 2015, 7:44 AM),