|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|08-1438||5th Cir.||Nov 2, 2010||Apr 20, 2011||6-2||Thomas||OT 2010|
Disclosure: Goldstein, Howe & Russell represents the petitioner in this case.
Holding: When they accept federal funding, states do not consent to waive their sovereign immunity to private lawsuits for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. (Kagan, J., recused).
Plain English Holding: State prisons are not subject to suit for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Thomas on April 20, 2011. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissent, joined by Justice Breyer. (Kagan, J., recused).