|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|15-233||1st Cir.||Mar 22, 2016||Jun 13, 2016||5-2||Thomas||OT 2015|
Holding: Section 903(1) of the Bankruptcy Code, which pre-empts state bankruptcy laws that enable insolvent municipalities to restructure their debts over the objections of creditors and instead requires municipalities to restructure such debts under Chapter 9 of the federal Bankruptcy Code, pre-empts the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act, which was enacted to enable the commonwealth’s public utilities to implement a recovery or restructuring plan for their debt.
Judgment: Affirmed, 5-2, in an opinion by Justice Thomas on June 13, 2016. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Ginsburg joined. Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Aug 21 2015||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 23, 2015)|
|Sep 14 2015||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including October 23, 2015, for all respondents.|
|Sep 23 2015||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Fundacion Angel Ramos, Inc., et al.|
|Sep 23 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Eduardo Bhatia, President of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico filed.|
|Oct 23 2015||Brief of respondent BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC in opposition filed. VIDED.|
|Oct 23 2015||Brief of respondents Franklin California Tax-Free Trust, et al. in opposition filed. VIDED.|
|Nov 9 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 24, 2015.|
|Nov 9 2015||Reply of petitioners Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Nov 30 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 4, 2015.|
|Dec 4 2015||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Fundacion Angel Ramos, Inc., et al. GRANTED. Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.|
|Dec 4 2015||Petition GRANTED. The petition for a writ of certiorari in No. 15-255 is GRANTED. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of these petitions.|
|Dec 10 2015||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party received from counsel for the petitioners.|
|Jan 6 2016||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party received from counsel for the respondents.|
|Jan 15 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Gregorio Igartua filed.|
|Jan 19 2016||Joint appendix filed. (Two Volumes) VIDED. (Statement of costs filed)|
|Jan 19 2016||Brief of petitioners Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, et al. filed.|
|Jan 19 2016||Brief of petitioners Melba Acosta-Febo, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 25 2016||Brief amici curiae of Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 26 2016||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for respondent BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC ("BlueMountain"). VIDED|
|Jan 26 2016||Brief amici curiae of Fundacion Angel Ramos, Inc., et al. filed.|
|Jan 26 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 26 2016||Brief amici curiae of Professors Clayton P. Gillette and David A. Skeel, Jr. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 26 2016||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association. VIDED.|
|Jan 26 2016||Brief amici curiae of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jan 29 2016||SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, March 22, 2016. VIDED|
|Feb 8 2016||Record requested from U.S.C.A. 1st Circuit.|
|Feb 10 2016||CIRCULATED.|
|Feb 10 2016||Record received from U.S.D.C. District of Puerto Rico is electronic and located on PACER.|
|Feb 11 2016||Record received from U.S.C.A. 1st Circuit is electronic and located on PACER, with the exception of Joint Appendix. (1 Box)|
|Feb 18 2016||Brief of respondent BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Feb 18 2016||Brief of respondents Franklin California Tax-Free Trust, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Feb 25 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Scotiabank de Puerto Rico, as Agent for Local Bank Lenders to PREPA filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Feb 25 2016||Brief amicus curiae of The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Feb 25 2016||Brief amicus curiae of The Association of Financial Guaranty Insurers filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 14 2016||Reply of petitioners Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Mar 15 2016||Reply of petitioners Melba Acosta-Febo, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 22 2016||Argued. For petitioners: Christopher Landau, Washington, D. C. For respondents: Matthew D. McGill, Washington, D. C. VIDED|
|Jun 13 2016||Adjudged to be AFFIRMED. Thomas, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Breyer, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Sotomayor, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Ginsburg, J., joined. Alito, J., took no part in the consideration or decision of these cases. VIDED|
|Jul 15 2016||JUDGMENT ISSUED|
|Aug 18 2016||Record from U.S.C.A. 1st Circuit has been returned.|
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