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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, the constitutionality of New York City’s ban on the transportation of handguns outside of the city; the availability of punitive damages to a Jones Act seaman in a certain personal-injury action; the applicability of the particularity requirement to the probable-cause findings in a warrant; and the classification of a prior salary as a permissible differential when paying men and women different wages for the same work under the Equal Pay Act.

The petitions of the week are:


Issue: Whether punitive damages may be awarded to a Jones Act seaman in a personal-injury suit alleging a breach of the general maritime duty to provide a seaworthy vessel.


Issues: (1) Whether—when the Equal Pay Act permits employers to pay men and women different wages for the same work “where such payment is made pursuant to (i) a seniority system; (ii) a merit system; (iii) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or (iv) a differential based on any other factor other than sex,” 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)(1)—a prior salary is a “factor other than sex”; and (2) whether deceased judges may continue to participate in the determination of cases after their deaths.


Issue: Whether New York City’s ban on transporting a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits is consistent with the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause and the constitutional right to travel.


Issues: (1) Whether severance is the default remedy when part of a warrant is valid, or whether the Fourth Amendment requires that the valid sections make up “the greater part of the warrant”; (2) whether the particularity clause—which requires a warrant to describe “the place to be search[ed]” and “the things to be seized” with sufficient particularity— also requires a warrant to state its probable-cause findings with particularity; and (3) whether the exclusionary rule applies when the issuing judge signs off on the officer’s legal mistake in filling out a warrant form.

Recommended Citation: Aurora Barnes, Petitions of the week, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 19, 2018, 10:10 AM),