Weekly Roundup – April 3, 2015

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The Court ruled unanimously on Monday that the government’s use of a GPS tracking device on a person is a form of search and seizure, and thus a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

In a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, the Court ruled against developmental disability providers in Idaho, arguing that private companies cannot force Medicaid programs to raise reimbursement rates.

Should royalty fees go to a patent’s inventor even after that patent has expired? The Court appeared reluctant to go that route, which would overturn 50 years of precedent, in Tuesday’s Kimble v. Marvel.

In The New York Times, columnist Linda Greenhouse looks at the Supreme Court’s recent actions regarding the death penalty.

Fifteen states, including eight that allow same-sex marriage, filed a brief on Thursday urging the Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

Mary Bonauto, the attorney who won the nation’s first gay marriage lawsuit, will represent 35 petitioners from multiple states in the same-sex marriage case the Supreme Court will hear this month.

Passionate dissenting opinions can feel good in the moment, but they might also have a major, unintended consequence, according to Bloomberg’s Kimberly Ronbinson: bringing about the very thing the author is dissenting against.

NPR recounts the story of Maria Altmann, who fought her way to the Supreme Court in an effort to recover a Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which had been confiscated by the Nazis during World War II.

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