Category Archives: Oral Argument Report

Hovercrafts & Uranium: Oral Argument Roundup for November 5, 2018

On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases: Sturgeon v. Frost and Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren. Sturgeon v. Frost In Sturgeon, the Court faced the question of whether the National Park Service (NPS) can prohibit the use of hovercrafts on public waterways. John Sturgeon, an Alaskan moose hunter, … Continue reading Hovercrafts & Uranium: Oral Argument Roundup for November 5, 2018

October 31 Oral Argument Report

On October 31, the Court heard arguments in Frank v. Gaos. The case presents the issue of whether, or in what circumstances, a cy pres award of class action proceeds that provides no direct relief to class members supports class certification and complies with the requirement that a settlement binding class members must be “fair, … Continue reading October 31 Oral Argument Report

Oral Argument October 30: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

On October 30, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Garza v. Idaho, a case involving a criminal defendant’s claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. Garza argues that his lawyer was ineffective because he failed to file an appeal when Garza had requested that he do so. Garza’s lawyer counters that he did not file … Continue reading Oral Argument October 30: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Oral Argument October 29: Arbitration Again

On Monday, the Court started its newest argument session by hearing arguments for two cases revolving around the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The FAA compels parties that contract for arbitration to resolve that dispute with an arbitrator instead of a court. In recent years, the Court has read the FAA expansively, including last Term.   The first case, … Continue reading Oral Argument October 29: Arbitration Again

October 10 Oral Argument: Statutory Interpretation in Immigration Law and Tort Liability in Maritime Law

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two cases: Nielsen v. Preap and Air & Liquid Systems Corp. v. DeVries. In Nielsen, the Court will decide whether immigrants, with prior criminal convictions, are exempt from mandatory detention if the Department of Homeland Security does not immediately take them into custody after their release. … Continue reading October 10 Oral Argument: Statutory Interpretation in Immigration Law and Tort Liability in Maritime Law

October 9 Oral Arguments: Questions about the Armed Career Criminal Act

Tuesday, October 9 was Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first day on the bench, and the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases. (For a brief overview of these cases, click here.) As the New York Times reported, Chief Justice John Roberts began the day by welcoming the newest justice, stating “we wish you a long … Continue reading October 9 Oral Arguments: Questions about the Armed Career Criminal Act