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The Supreme Court will release orders from the March 22 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Monday the Supreme Court hears oral argument in PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc.; Christopher Walker has our preview.
On Monday the Supreme Court also hears oral argument in The Dutra Group v. Batterton; Joel Goldstein has our preview.

Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-103 2nd Cir. Oct 7, 2009
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Mar 2, 2010 8-0 Thomas OT 2009

Holding: A copyright holder must register her work with the Copyright Office before suing for copyright infringement. However, the failure of some copyright holders to register does not stop a federal court from deciding a class-action lawsuit for copyright infringement so long as some holders involved in the lawsuit did register.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas on March 2, 2010. Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justices Stevens and Breyer, filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. Justice Sotomayor took no part in the proceedings.

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