Category Archives: Opinions of the Court

Opinions: Political Apparel in Polling Places and Foreign Law

Ordinarily, the Court decides all of the cases argued during a Term (beginning in October) by the end of June. Occasionally, it may hold a case over for reargument or for some other reason — this happened with Citizens United — but that’s quite rare. And following an unusually slow pace of issuing opinions, the … Continue reading Opinions: Political Apparel in Polling Places and Foreign Law

Opinions and Orders: Voting Rights, Contracts Clause, and Class Actions

In a 5-4 opinion, which was quickly criticized by some  as “flagrantly political” and “nakedly political,” and praised by others as “a victory for election integrity, ”the Court reversed the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute. The Court held that the voter list-maintenance process in Ohio does not violate the National … Continue reading Opinions and Orders: Voting Rights, Contracts Clause, and Class Actions

Orders and Opinions: Mandatory Minimums, Religious Freedom & Gay Rights

As we look ahead to the week at SCOTUS, here’s a recap of last week’s orders and opinions. Orders         In its June 4 orders, the Court called for the views of the Solicitor General regarding Airline Service Providers Association v. Los Angeles World Airports. The Court is considering whether to hear this case, which … Continue reading Orders and Opinions: Mandatory Minimums, Religious Freedom & Gay Rights

Opinions: Searching Vehicles Next to a Home and Restitution

The Court issued two opinions this week, and it disposed of one more case without a decision. In Collins v. Virginia, the Court considered the scope of the Fourth Amendment’s “automobile exception,” which allows a police officer to search a vehicle without first getting a warrant under some circumstances. The rationale for this exception is … Continue reading Opinions: Searching Vehicles Next to a Home and Restitution

Opinions: Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts and Sovereign Immunity for Indian Tribes

Justice Gorsuch wrote the two opinions announced earlier this week. The first, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, was a 5-4 decision, and it upheld the ability of employers to require their workers to settle employment disputes through individual arbitration rather than by collective suits or arbitrations. This holding reversed the National Labor Relations Board’s determination … Continue reading Opinions: Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts and Sovereign Immunity for Indian Tribes

Opinions: Sports Betting, Admissions of Guilt, and Rental Cars

The Term’s final stretch is here, and the Court is releasing opinions every Monday. (At some point in June, it will probably begin releasing opinions on Thursdays as well, and perhaps on other days.) On Monday, May 14th, the Court released five opinions dealing with issues as disparate as lawyers who concede their clients’ guilt, … Continue reading Opinions: Sports Betting, Admissions of Guilt, and Rental Cars

Opinions – The Calm Before the Storm

The Supreme Court is expected to issue opinions on Monday morning, May 14. Virtually all of the major cases argued this Term, even some from October, are yet to be decided, and the Court is off to its slowest start in many years, so Monday could be a bit of a blockbuster. But as we … Continue reading Opinions – The Calm Before the Storm

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