Category Archives: Opinions of the Court

Opinion Analysis—Ayestas v. Davis and Marinello v. United States

On Wednesday, the Court released two opinions. In Ayestas v. Davis, Ayestas, a Honduran national, was sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering a woman during a home invasion. (See our Arguments Preview for more on case.) He appealed, arguing that he had ineffective counsel and was entitled, under federal law, to state investigative … Continue reading Opinion Analysis—Ayestas v. Davis and Marinello v. United States

Opinion Analysis—Cyan v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, a case involving the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA). Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, along with other pension funds and individual investors, bought shares of Cyan, a telecommunications company, during its initial public offering. When the stock’s value … Continue reading Opinion Analysis—Cyan v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund

Opinion Analyses for opinions released February 21, 2018

On February 21, 2018, the Supreme Court issued opinions in three cases: Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, Class v. United States, and Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran. Digital Realty Trust v. Somers In Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, Paul Somers sued his former employer, Digital Realty Trust. Among his allegations was that he … Continue reading Opinion Analyses for opinions released February 21, 2018

Prisoners Rights and Attorneys Fees: Opinion Analysis of Murphy v. Smith

In an opinion published Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the Supreme Court decided a case about prisoners’ civil rights, Murphy v. Smith. This case stemmed from a 2011 incident at Vandalia Correctional Center in Illinois in which Petitioner Charles Murphy was punched in the right eye by a prison guard, placed into a chokehold during which … Continue reading Prisoners Rights and Attorneys Fees: Opinion Analysis of Murphy v. Smith

Opinion Update: Environmental Litigation and Statutes of Limitation

In two recent decisions, the Court has delved into procedural issues with significant impact on the course of actual litigation. In  Artis v. District of Columbia, the issue was what happens to the statute of limitations for state law claims when a plaintiff brings both those claims and federal claims in federal court, but the … Continue reading Opinion Update: Environmental Litigation and Statutes of Limitation