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March argument calendar, day by day

The Supreme Court released on Friday the argument calendar for its March sitting, showing that the seven cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate are set for a ninety-minute hearing on March 23.  There will be one more argument sitting, in April.

The daily schedule for March, with a summary of the legal issues at stake, follows the jump.

Monday, March 21:

Wittman v Personhuballah — Claim of racial gerrymander in redistricting House of Representatives District 3 in Virginia; also, question of standing to sue

RJR Nabisco v. European Community — Application of civil RICO law outside the United States (Justice Sonia Sotomayor is recused)

Tuesday, March 22:

Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust (consolidated with a companion case for one hour of oral arguments) — Exclusion of Puerto Rico from federal bankruptcy eligibility (Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., is recused)

Simmons v. Himmelreich — Whether a claim under the False Claims Act can be made in a subsequent lawsuit after dismissal of that claim earlier based upon an exception to liability under the Act

Wednesday, March 23:

Zubik v. Burwell (consolidated with six companion cases for ninety minutes of oral argument) — Religious non-profit institutions’ plea for complete exemption from any role in the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate

Monday, March 28:

CRST Van Expedited v. EEOC — Right to attorney’s fees for the sued party after dismissal of a Title VII discrimination case based upon the EEOC’s failure to perform its review duties

Betterman v. Montana — Plea to apply to the sentencing phase of a criminal trial the Sixth Amendment’s requirement of a speedy trial

Tuesday, March 29:

Sheriff v. Gillie — Legality under federal law of the use of special counsel to a state attorney general to act on that officer’s behalf in collecting debts owed to the state government

Ross v. Blake — Whether a prison inmate’s participation in an internal prison investigation of an incident qualifies as exhaustion of remedies before suing under the Prison Litigation Reform Act

Wednesday, March 30:

Welch v. United States — Retroactivity of the Supreme Court’s decision in Johnson v. United States striking down the “residual clause” of the Armed Career Criminal Act

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. — Definition of final agency action for purposes of judicial review of the Corps’ finding that private property contains waters of the United States

Recommended Citation: Lyle Denniston, March argument calendar, day by day, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 29, 2016, 7:14 PM),