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.

Posted in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. U.S., ex rel. Hunt, TVEyes Inc. v. Fox News Network, LLC, Harper v. Leahy, Cases in the Pipeline

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