|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|16-258||9th Cir. -||Mar 27, 2017||Jun 5, 2017||8-0||Kagan||OT 2016|
Holding: Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, a defined-benefit pension plan maintained by a principal-purpose organization -- one controlled by or associated with a church for the administration or funding of a plan for the church's employees -- qualifies as a "church plan," regardless of who established it.
Judgment: Reversed, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Kagan on June 5, 2017. Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion. Justice Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Aug 29 2016||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 28, 2016)|
|Sep 7 2016||Application (16A241) for a stay of mandate pending the disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari, submitted to Justice Kennedy.|
|Sep 8 2016||Response to application (16A241) requested by Justice Kennedy, due Monday, September 19, 2016, by 3 p.m. ET.|
|Sep 19 2016||Response to application from respondent Starla Rollins filed.|
|Sep 21 2016||Application (16A241) referred to the Court.|
|Sep 21 2016||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including October 17, 2016.|
|Sep 21 2016||Application (16A241) granted by the Court. The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is granted pending the disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the issuance of the judgment of this Court.|
|Oct 17 2016||Brief of respondent Starla Rollins in opposition filed.|
|Nov 1 2016||Reply of petitioners Dignity Health, et al. filed.|
|Nov 2 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 22, 2016.|
|Nov 28 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 2, 2016.|
|Dec 2 2016||Petition GRANTED The petitions for writs of certiorari in 16-74 and 16-86 are granted. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. VIDED.|
|Dec 14 2016||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for respondent Starla Rollins.|
|Dec 14 2016||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioners.|
|Jan 17 2017||Brief of petitioners Advocate Health Care Network, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 17 2017||Joint appendix filed. (2 Vols.) VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Church Alliance filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amici curiae of Alliance Defending Freedom, and Thomas More Society filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Inc. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amici curiae of Church Defendant filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amici curiae of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Catholic Health Association of the United States filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventists filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amici curiae of Christian Legal Society, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amici curiae of Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The American Center for Law & Justice filed. VIDED|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amicus curiae of the United States filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 24 2017||Brief amici curiae of The Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 31 2017||Letter containing additional disclosure pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 37.6 received from counsel for Church Defendants. VIDED.|
|Feb 3 2017||SET FOR ARGUMENT on Monday, March 27, 2017. VIDED|
|Feb 6 2017||Record requested from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.|
|Feb 7 2017||Record received from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit. The record is electronic and available on PACER. Also received SEALED pleadings.|
|Feb 7 2017||Motion of the Deputy Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed. VIDED.|
|Feb 16 2017||Brief of respondents Maria Stapleton, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Feb 22 2017||CIRCULATED.|
|Feb 22 2017||Brief amicus curiae of National Employment Lawyers Association filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Feb 23 2017||Brief amici curiae of Americans United for Separation for Church and State. filed. et al. VIDED (Distributed)|
|Feb 23 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Pension Rights Center filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Feb 23 2017||Brief amici curiae of AARP, and AARP Foundation filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Feb 23 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Professor Daniel I.Halperin filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 17 2017||Motion of the Deputy Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED. VIDED|
|Mar 20 2017||Reply of petitioners Advocate Health Care Network, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 27 2017||Argued. For petitioners: Lisa S. Blatt, Washington, D. C.; and Malcolm L. Stewart, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondents: James A. Feldman, Washington, D. C. VIDED.|
|Jun 5 2017||Judgment REVERSED. Kagan, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other Members joined, except Gorsuch, J., who took no part in the consideration or decision of these cases. Sotomayor, J., filed a concurring opinion. VIDED.|
|Jul 7 2017||JUDGMENT ISSUED.|
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