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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address the statute of limitations that applies to relators in a qui tam action, the cause requirement to force entry into a home to arrest a suspect, and the question of whether the transformative use of a copyrighted work can be a cognizable market harm.

The petitions of the week are:


Issue: Whether a relator in a False Claims Act qui tam action may rely on the statute of limitations in 31 U.S.C. § 3731(b)(2) in a suit in which the United States has declined to intervene and, if so, whether the relator constitutes an “official of the United States” for purposes of Section 3731(b)(2).


Issue: Whether the transformative use of a copyrighted work can cause a cognizable market harm under 17 U.S.C. § 107(4) if it is used in connection with a commercially successful business that the author is unlikely to enter or authorize.


Issue: Whether the Fourth Amendment requires police officers to have probable cause to believe that a suspect is present in a home before forcing entry into that home to execute an arrest warrant for the suspect.

Recommended Citation: Aurora Barnes, Petitions of the week, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 12, 2018, 3:43 PM),