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Sensational Smiles, LLC v. Mullen

Petition for certiorari denied on February 29, 2016
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
15-507 2d Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2015

Issue: (1) Whether protecting favored groups from economic competition is a legitimate government interest under the Fourteenth Amendment; and (2) whether, in a case challenging economic regulation under the Fourteenth Amendment, a plaintiff can defeat a motion for summary judgment by introducing evidence showing that there is no plausible connection between the challenged regulation and the government's asserted ends.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Oct 15 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 18, 2015)
Oct 20 2015Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioner.
Oct 27 2015Order extending time to file response to petition to and including January 19, 2016.
Nov 17 2015Brief amici curiae of Pacific Legal Foundation, and Cato Institute filed.
Nov 18 2015Brief amici curiae of Public Choice Economics Scholars filed.
Nov 18 2015Brief amici curiae of Southeastern Legal foundation, and St. Joseph Abbey filed.
Nov 18 2015Brief amicus curiae of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark filed.
Nov 18 2015Brief amicus curiae of Council for Cosmetic Teeth Whitening filed.
Jan 15 2016Brief of respondents Jewel Mullen, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Health, et al. in opposition filed.
Feb 1 2016Reply of petitioner Sensational Smiles, LLC, dba Smile Bright filed.
Feb 3 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 19, 2016.
Feb 29 2016Petition DENIED.
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