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Court takes up bankruptcy jurisdictional case

Issue has split circuits since 2011 Anna Nicole Smith ruling

WASHINGTON — Taking up a complicated jurisdictional issue that has split the circuits since the justices ruled in the case involving the late pinup Anna Nicole Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether bankruptcy court judges can rule on matters normally reserved for Article III judges if the parties in the matter consent — and whether such consent can be implied from the parties’ conduct.

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