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On Friday, the justices added four cases to their merits docket for the term, for a total of three hours of oral argument. Amy Howe covers the order list for this blog, in post that first appeared at Howe on the Court. At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr and Susan Decker report that the court “will hear an appeal from … Google in a multibillion-dollar clash that’s divided Silicon Valley, agreeing to decide whether the company improperly used copyrighted programming code owned by Oracle in the Android operating system.” [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in this case.] Perry Cooper reports at Bloomberg Law that the court will also consider whether rapes by members of the military” that occurred between 1986 and 2006 “should be subject to a statute of limitations.”

Also on Friday, President Donald Trump asked the court to block enforcement of a congressional subpoena for his financial records pending appeal. This blog’s coverage comes from Amy Howe, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court. For The Washington Post (subscription required), Robert Barnes and Ann Marimow report that “Trump’s private lawyers asked Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to put a hold on an appeals court decision that said the House Oversight and Reform Committee was within its rights to subpoena the information from Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA.”


  • At ImmigrationProf Blog, Kevin Johnson surveys “the immigration line-up for the 2019 Term,”noting that “there are nine non-consolidated immigration cases before the Supreme Court in the 2019 Term,” “the largest number of immigration cases before the Court in one Term in recent years.”
  • At The Economist, Steven Mazie writes that after last week’s oral argument in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, a challenge to the government’s decision to terminate the DACA program, which allowed immigrants brought to this country illegally as children to apply for protection from deportation, “[i]t seems the best Dreamers and their supporters can hope for when the justices rule in the spring is a decision tossing the ball back in the Trump administration’s court for a third shot at justifying DACA’s cancellation.”
  • At The National Law Journal, Tony Mauro reports that “Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in his first major public appearance since joining the court 13 months ago, spoke before an adulatory crowd of Federalist Society members Thursday night, thanking them, his friends, family and fellow justices for helping him get through his confirmation proceedings and his first year on the court.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 18, 2019, 6:40 AM),