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Department of Commerce v. New York

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
18-966 S.D.N.Y. Apr 23, 2019
Tr.Aud.
Jun 27, 2019 5-4 Roberts OT 2018

Holding: The secretary of the Department of Commerce did not violate the enumeration clause or the Census Act in deciding to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire, but the district court was warranted in remanding the case back to the agency where the evidence tells a story that does not match the secretary’s explanation for his decision.

Judgment: Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on June 27, 2019. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court with respect to Parts I and II, and the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts III, IV–B, and IV–C, in which Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh joined; with respect to Part IV–A, in which Justices Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan and Kavanaugh joined; and with respect to Part V, in which Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan joined. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh joined. Justices Breyer filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan joined. Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 25 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment filed. (Response due February 25, 2019)
Jan 25 2019Motion to expedite consideration of the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by petitioners.
Jan 29 2019Response to petitioners' motion to expedite from respondents New York, et al. (Government Plaintiffs-Respondents) filed.
Jan 30 2019Motion DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/15/2019.
Feb 11 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/15/2019.
Feb 11 2019Brief of respondents New York et al. (Government Plaintiffs-Respondents) in opposition filed. (Distributed)
Feb 11 2019Brief amicus curiae of United States House of Representatives filed. (Distributed)
Feb 11 2019Brief amici curiae of Ronald A. Cass & Christopher C. DeMuth, Sr. filed. (Distributed)
Feb 11 2019Brief amicus curiae of Public Interest Legal Foundation filed. (Distributed)
Feb 11 2019Brief of respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al. in opposition filed. (Distributed)
Feb 11 2019Brief amici curiae of Judicial Watch and AEF filed. (Distributed)
Feb 12 2019Brief amicus curiae of Project on Fair Representation filed. (Distributed)
Feb 13 2019Reply of petitioners Department of Commerce, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Feb 15 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment GRANTED. The case will be set for argument in the second week of the April argument session.
Feb 19 2019Joint letter of the parties proposing briefing schedule filed.
Feb 21 2019Petitioner's brief on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support of petitioners or in support of neither party, are to be filed on or before Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Respondents' briefs on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support of respondents, are to be filed on or before Monday, April 1, 2019. The reply brief on the merits is to be filed in accordance with Rule 25.3 of the Rules of this Court.
Feb 22 2019SET FOR ARGUMENT on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 (10 a.m.).
Feb 25 2019Letter of petitioners filed.
Feb 27 2019Blanket Consent filed by respondents New York, et al. (government respondents).
Feb 27 2019Blanket Consent filed by respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al.
Mar 04 2019Motion of United States House of Representatives for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Mar 06 2019Joint appendix of petitioners filed (Volume 1). (Statement of costs filed)
Mar 06 2019Brief of petitioners Department of Commerce, et al. filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amicus curiae of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in support of neither party filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amici curiae of Ronald A. Cass & Christopher C. DeMuth, Sr. filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amici curiae of Oklahoma, et al. filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amicus curiae of Project on Fair Representation filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amicus curiae of Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amicus curiae of Public Interest Legal Foundation filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amici curiae of Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amici curiae of Citizens United, et al. filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amici curiae of Judicial Watch and Allied Educational Foundation filed.
Mar 06 2019Brief amicus curiae of Immigration Reform Law Institute filed. (Distributed)
Mar 08 2019Joint motion for enlargement of time for oral argument and for divided argument, and response to motion of United States House of Representatives for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed by respondents New York et al.
Mar 11 2019Letter of petitioners updating Court on related case filed. (Distributed)
Mar 13 2019Joint letter of respondents in response to letter of Solicitor General filed. (Distributed)
Mar 15 2019The parties are directed to brief and argue the following additional question: Whether the Secretary of Commerce’s decision to add a citizenship question to the Decennial Census violated the Enumeration Clause of the U.S. Constitution, art. I, §2, cl. 3. Respondents are allowed an additional 2,000 words in aggregate to address this question in their briefs on the merits. Petitioners are allowed an additional 1,000 words to address this question in their reply brief on the merits.
Mar 20 2019CIRCULATED
Mar 20 2019Blanket consent filed by petitioners.
Mar 21 2019Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 2nd Circuit.
Mar 26 2019Brief amici curiae of The KIPP Foundation, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 28 2019Record received from the U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York. The record is Sealed. (One Envelope).
Mar 29 2019Brief amici curiae of The National School Boards Association, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Joint appendix of respondents filed (Volumes 2, 3 & 4). (Statement of costs filed). (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief of respondents New York, et al. (Government Plaintiffs-Respondents) filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief of respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Businesses and Business Organizations filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of Natural Resources Defense Council filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Norman Y. Mineta, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Certificate of Service filed with respect to brief of amicus curiae of Arab American Institute.
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of State of California filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Current Members of Congress and Bipartisan Former Members of Congress filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Proof of Service filed with respect to brief of amici Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), et al..
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Plaintiffs in Kravitz et al. v. United States Department of Commerce et al., No. 18-1041 (D.MD) filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of American Statistical Association, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of The Nielsen Company (US), LLC filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of United States House of Representatives filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of Arab American Institute filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of The Council of the Great City Schools filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Harris County, Texas, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Lawyers for Civil Rights, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of 190 Bipartisan Elected Officials, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Former Census Bureau Directors filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Foundations and Philanthropy-Serving Organizations filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Former Federal District Judges filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of National Asian Pacific Bar Association, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of County of Santa Clara, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Legal Services NYC, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of John R. Dunne, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Common Cause, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Historians and Social Scientists Margo Anderson, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of City of San Jose and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of Nicholas Bagley, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of National Council of Nonprofits, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amicus curiae of California Legislature filed. (Distributed)
Apr 01 2019Brief amici curiae of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 12 2019Motion of United States House of Representatives for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Apr 12 2019Joint motion for enlargement of time for oral argument and for divided argument filed by respondents GRANTED in part and the time is divided as follows: 40 minutes for petitioners, 20 minutes for respondents New York, et al., 10 minutes for respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al., and 10 minutes for amicus curiae United States House of Representatives.
Apr 16 2019Reply of petitioners Department of Commerce, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 23 2019Argued. For petitioners: Noel J. Francisco, Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. For respondents New York, et al.: Barbara D. Underwood, Solicitor General, New York, N. Y. For respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al.: Dale E. Ho, New York, N. Y. For United States House of Representatives, as amicus curiae: Douglas N. Letter, General Counsel, U. S. House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.
May 30 2019Letter of respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al. notifying Court of new proceedings in the district court (proposed redacted motion attached) filed. (Distributed)
Jun 03 2019Letter of petitioners updating Court on district court proceedings (Government's response to motion attached) filed. (Distributed)
Jun 05 2019Letter of respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al. notifying Court of reply filed in district court of (copy of reply attached) filed. (Distributed)
Jun 12 2019Motion for limited remand filed by respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al. (Distributed)
Jun 20 2019Petitioners' opposition to motion for limited remand filed. (Distributed)
Jun 24 2019Letter of respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jun 25 2019Letter of petitioners Department of Commerce, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jun 25 2019Letter in Response to Letter of Department of Commerce, et al. of La Union Del Pueblo Entero not accepted for filing. (June 26, 2019)
Jun 25 2019Letter of petitioners notifying Court of 4th Cir. ruling in related case filed. (Distributed)
Jun 25 2019Letter of respondents New York Immigration Coalition, et al. filed.
Jun 26 2019Motion DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/27/2019.
Jun 26 2019Joint letter in opposition to petitioners' letter of June 25, 2019, filed by respondents. (Distributed)
Jun 27 2019Adjudged to be AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, and case REMANDED. Roberts, C. J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court with respect to Parts I and II, and the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts III, IV–B, and IV–C, in which Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh, JJ., joined; with respect to Part IV–A, in which Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Kavanaugh, JJ., joined; and with respect to Part V, in which Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Thomas, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, JJ., joined. Breyer, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Alito, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.
 
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