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Tuesday’s opinion in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, holding that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment does not moot a plaintiff’s case, continues to garner coverage and commentary.  Ronald Mann analyzed the decision for this blog; commentary comes from Hera Arsen at Ogletree Deakins and Archis Parasharami (and others) at Mayer Brown’s Class Defense Blog.

On Monday, the Justices announced that they would review United States v. Texas, the challenge to the Obama administration’s deferred-action policy for undocumented immigrants.  Coverage comes from Liz Goodwin at Yahoo! News, while commentary comes from Garrett Epps for The Atlantic and Eric Segall at ACSblog.Additional coverage of Tuesday’s argument in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, in which the Justices are considering whether the First Amendment prohibits the government from demoting an employee based on a supervisor’s perception that the employee supports a political candidate, comes from Steven Mazie for The Economist, with commentary from Jonathan Keim at National Review.


  • At Crime and Consequences, Kent Scheidegger discusses “dangerously sloppy language” in the Court’s opinion in Hurst v. Florida.
  • At BuzzFeed, Chris Geidner reports that, in response to a death-row inmate’s request to block his pending execution, yesterday Justice Stephen Breyer “reiterated his call for the Supreme Court to reconsider the constitutionality of the death penalty.”
  • At Liberty Blog, Tony Francois weighs in on Wednesday’s oral arguments in Sturgeon v. Frost, in which the Court was considering the case of an Alaska man who wants to use his hovercraft to hunt moose there.

 [Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the respondents in Heffernan v. City of Paterson.  However, I am not affiliated with the firm.]

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 22, 2016, 6:42 AM),