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Lefemine v. Wideman

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-168 4th Cir. Not Argued Nov 5, 2012 TBD Per Curiam OT 2012

Holding: In a lawsuit alleging that the conduct of government officials violates the Constitution, a plaintiff who obtains a permanent injunction but no money damages is a “prevailing party” because the injunction ordered the officials to change their behavior in a way that directly benefitted the plaintiff. The plaintiff is therefore entitled to receive his attorney’s fees unless special circumstances would render such an award unjust.

Judgment: Granted, vacated and remanded in a per curiam opinion on November 5, 2012.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jun 27 2012Application (12A17) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from July 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Jul 9 2012Application (12A17) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until July 31, 2012.
Jul 31 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 5, 2012)
Sep 5 2012Brief of respondents Dan Wideman, et al. in opposition filed.
Sep 18 2012Reply of petitioner Steve Lefemine filed. (Distributed)
Sep 19 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 5, 2012.
Oct 9 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 12, 2012.
Oct 15 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 26, 2012.
Oct 29 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 2, 2012.
Nov 5 2012Petition GRANTED. Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED. Opinion per curiam. (Detached Opinion)