Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-1657 1st Cir. Feb 20, 2019
Tr.Aud.
May 20, 2019 8-1 Kagan OT 2018

Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel on an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in this case.

Holding: A bankruptcy debtor’s rejection of an executory contract under 11 U.S.C. §365 has the same effect as a breach of that contract outside bankruptcy; such an act thus cannot rescind rights that the contract previously granted.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Kagan on May 20, 2019. Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion. Justice Gorsuch filed a dissenting opinion.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 27 2018Application (17A1060) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from April 12, 2018 to June 11, 2018, submitted to Justice Breyer.
Apr 02 2018Application (17A1060) granted by Justice Breyer extending the time to file until June 11, 2018.
Jun 11 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 12, 2018)
Jun 28 2018Waiver of right of respondent Tempnology, LLC, n/k/a Old Cold LLC to respond filed.
Jul 03 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/24/2018.
Jul 09 2018Response Requested. (Due August 8, 2018)
Jul 11 2018Brief amicus curiae of The International Trademark Association filed.
Jul 20 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from August 8, 2018 to September 7, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Jul 24 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including September 7, 2018.
Aug 08 2018Brief amici curiae of Law Professors filed.
Sep 07 2018Brief of respondent Tempnology, LLC, n/k/a Old Cold LLC in opposition filed.
Sep 25 2018Reply of petitioner Mission Product Holdings, Inc. filed.
Sep 26 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/12/2018.
Oct 22 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/26/2018.
Oct 25 2018Letter of October 23, 2018 from counsel for respondent received. (Distributed)
Oct 26 2018Letter of October 25, 2018 from counsel for petitioner received. (Distributed)
Oct 26 2018Petition GRANTED limited to Question 1 presented by the petition.
Dec 10 2018Brief of petitioner Mission Product Holdings, Inc. filed.
Dec 10 2018Joint appendix (2 volumes) filed.
Dec 12 2018Brief amicus curiae of Intellectual Property Owners Association in support of neither party filed.
Dec 17 2018Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Dec 17 2018Brief amici curiae of Law Professors filed.
Dec 17 2018Brief amicus curiae of New York Intellectual Property Law Association filed.
Dec 17 2018Brief amicus curiae of American Intellectual Property Law Association in support of neither party filed.
Dec 17 2018Brief amicus curiae of The International Trademark Association filed.
Dec 21 2018SET FOR ARGUMENT on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
Dec 21 2018Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Jan 09 2019Brief of respondent Tempnology, LLC, n/k/a Old Cold LLC filed.
Jan 11 2019Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 1st Circuit.
Jan 15 2019CIRCULATED
Jan 18 2019Record from the U.S.C.A. 1st Circuit is electronic and located on PACER, with the exception of one envelop containing the Joint Appendix.
Jan 22 2019Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Feb 08 2019Reply of petitioner Mission Product Holdings, Inc. filed. (Distributed)
Feb 20 2019Argued. For petitioner: Danielle Spinelli, Washington, D. C.; and Zachary D. Tripp, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondent: Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, Washington, D. C.
May 20 2019Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Kagan, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, and Kavanaugh, JJ., joined. Sotomayor, J., filed a concurring opinion. Gorsuch, J., filed a dissenting opinion.
Jun 21 2019JUDGMENT ISSUED.
 
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