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

Posted in Featured, Merits Cases

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