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Congregation Jeshuat Israel v. Congregation Shearith Israel

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
18-530 1st Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether, in ordinary trust and property disputes, the establishment clause precludes courts from considering secular evidence that is relevant and admissible under governing state law merely because the litigants are religious parties; (2) whether, in ordinary trust and property disputes, excluding secular evidence that is relevant and admissible under state law merely because the litigants are religious parties violates the free exercise clause by treating religious parties differently from—and, here, less favorably than—secular parties; and (3) whether, in ordinary trust and property disputes, federal courts sitting in diversity may disregard governing state substantive law and fashion federal common law merely because the litigants are religious parties.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Aug 14 2018Application (18A174) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from September 5, 2018 to October 22, 2018, submitted to Justice Breyer.
Aug 20 2018Application (18A174) granted by Justice Breyer extending the time to file until October 22, 2018.
Oct 22 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 23, 2018)
Nov 16 2018Waiver of right of respondent Congregation Shearith Israel to respond filed.
Nov 16 2018Brief amicus curiae of State of Rhode Island filed.
Nov 19 2018Brief amicus curiae of Simon Wiesenthal Center filed.
Nov 28 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/4/2019.
Dec 04 2018Response Requested. (Due January 3, 2019)
Dec 10 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from January 3, 2019 to February 4, 2019, submitted to The Clerk.
Dec 13 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including February 4, 2019.
 
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