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On Friday, the Supreme Court released orders from the January 17 conference, granting six cases for a total of three hours of oral argument. The justices are expected to release additional orders from the conference on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Shular v. United States. Click to read our preview from Leah Litman.
On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in GE Energy Power Conversion France v. Outokumpu Stainless USA. Click to read our preview from Ronald Mann.

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.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

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)
Dec 7 2012JUDGMENT ISSUED.
 
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