|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|10-235||7th Cir.||Mar 28, 2011||Jun 23, 2011||5-4||Ginsburg||OT 2010|
Holding: The Federal Employers Liability Act, which makes railroads liable for the injuries or deaths of their employees resulting in whole or in part from negligence, does not incorporate the proximate cause standards developed in non-statutory common-law tort cases; rather, a railroad causes or contributes to an employee's injury if the railroad's negligence plays any part in bringing about the injury.
Judgment: Affirmed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on June 23, 2011. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan joined Justice Ginsburgâ€™s opinion in full, while Justice Thomas joined all but Part III-A of the opinion. The Chief Justice filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Alito.
NEW: The Justice Department, as expected, says it plans to ask the Supreme Court to block enforcement of the Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
NEW: Biden's commission studying proposals for Supreme Court reform has released 200+ pages of "discussion materials" in advance of its final report, slated to be issued next month. The materials are divided into five categories and are available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/pcscotus/public-meetings/october-15-2021-pcscotus-meeting/
Curious: This morning the Supreme Court website had a dropdown menu option called “financial disclosure reports” (although nothing to see when you click on it). Now it’s gone
Today at SCOTUS: The Biden administration will appear before the justices asking to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- despite Biden's campaign pledge to end the death penalty and the DOJ's recent moratorium on federal executions.
Brett Kavanaugh was back on the bench today after participating in last week's arguments remotely due to his positive COVID test. Here's the full nine-person bench, in a sketch by @Courtartist.
#SCOTUS calls for the views of the US Solicitor General in Epic Systems v. Tata Consultancy Services, re whether a punitive damages award that complies with a state law that caps punitive damages passes constitutional muster