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Sturgeon v. Frost

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-949 9th Cir. Nov 5, 2018
Tr.Aud.
Mar 26, 2019 9-0 Kagan OT 2018

Holding: Alaska’s Nation River is not public land; and like all non-public lands and navigable waters within Alaska’s national parks, it is exempt under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act from the National Park Service’s ordinary regulatory authority.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Kagan on March 26, 2019. Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion, in which Justice Ginsburg joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 02 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 5, 2018)
Feb 05 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from February 5, 2018 to March 7, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Feb 05 2018Brief amicus curiae of State of Alaska filed.
Feb 05 2018Brief amicus curiae of Citizens Equal Rights Foundation filed.
Feb 05 2018Amicus brief of Citizens Equal Rights Foundation not accepted for filing. (February 09, 2018)
Feb 06 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including March 7, 2018.
Feb 28 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 7, 2018 to April 6, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Mar 01 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including April 6, 2018.
Apr 02 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from April 6, 2018 to May 7, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Apr 03 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including May 7, 2018
May 07 2018Brief of respondents Bert Frost, et al. in opposition filed.
May 21 2018Reply of petitioner John Sturgeon filed.
May 22 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/7/2018.
Jun 11 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/14/2018.
Jun 18 2018Petition GRANTED.
Jul 18 2018Motion for an extension of time to file the opening briefs on the merits filed.
Jul 31 2018Motion to extend the time to file the opening briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including August 7, 2018. The time to file respondents brief on the merits is extended to and including September 11, 2018.
Aug 02 2018Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, John Sturgeon
Aug 06 2018Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner John Sturgeon.
Aug 07 2018Brief of petitioner John Sturgeon filed.
Aug 09 2018Brief amicus curiae of State of Idaho, et al. filed.
Aug 14 2018Brief amicus curiae of Safari Club International filed.
Aug 14 2018Brief amicus curiae of Ahtna, Inc. in support of neither party filed.
Aug 14 2018Brief amicus curiae of State of Alaska filed.
Aug 14 2018Brief amicus curiae of Pacific Legal Foundation filed.
Aug 14 2018Brief amici curiae of Citizens Equal Rights Foundation and Central New York Fair Business Association filed.
Aug 20 2018SET FOR ARGUMENT on Monday, November 5, 2018
Sep 06 2018Motion of State of Alaska for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Sep 10 2018Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
Sep 11 2018Brief of respondents Bert Frost, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Sep 12 2018CIRCULATED
Sep 17 2018Brief amici curiae of Law Professors filed. (Distributed)
Sep 18 2018Brief amici curiae of National Parks Conservation Association, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Sep 18 2018Brief amici curiae of Alaska Native Subsistence Users filed. (Distributed)
Sep 19 2018Record received from the U.S.D.C. District of Alaska is electronic and located on PACER with the exception of 1 envelope of Clerk's Files.
Oct 01 2018Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED.
Oct 09 2018Motion of State of Alaska for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED. Justice Kavanaugh took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.
Oct 11 2018Reply of petitioner John Sturgeon filed. (Distributed)
Nov 05 2018Argued. For petitioner: Matthew T. Findley, Anchorage, Alaska; and Ruth Botstein, Assistant Attorney General, Anchorage, Alaska (for Alaska, as amicus curiae.) For respondents: Edwin S. Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.
Mar 26 2019Judgment REVERSED and REMANDED. Kagan, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. Sotomayor, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which Ginsburg, J., joined.
 
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