Does a patentee bear the burden of proving infringement when a licensee brings a declaratory judgment action to establish non-infringement?
Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp., No. 12-1128. Certiorari granted: May 20, 2013. Ruling below: 695 F.3d 1266 (Fed.Cir. 2012).
Must a tenant who previously objected to a warrantless search of an apartment be personally present and objecting to prevent a search when police officers later ask a co-tenant for consent to search?
Fernandez v. California, No. 12-7822. Certiorari granted: May 20, 2013. Ruling below: 28 Cal.App.4th 200 (2012).
Published: May 20, 2013
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Does a legislative prayer practice violate the Establishment Clause notwithstanding the absence of discrimination in the selection of prayer-givers or forbidden exploitation of the prayer opportunity?
Town of Greece v. Galloway, No. 12-696.Certiorari granted: May 20, 2013. Ruling below: 681 F.3d 20. (2nd Cir. 2012).
Published: May 13, 2013
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Did the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals err in holding that the in forma pauperis statute prohibits indigent plaintiffs from amending their complaints?
Burnside v. Walters, No. 12-7892.Certiorari granted: May 13, 2013. Ruling below: Unpublished, 2012.
Published: April 29, 2013
Is the crime of distributing drugs causing death a strict liability crime, and can jury instructions allow conviction when heroin contributed to death but was not the sole cause of the death?
Burrage v. United States, No. 12-7515.Certiorari granted: April 29, 2013. Ruling below: 687 F.3d 1015 (8th Cir. 2012).
Does it violate due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based solely on the fact that an indirect corporate subsidiary performs services on behalf of the defendant in the forum state?
DaimlerChrysler v. Bauman, No. 11-965. Certiorari granted: April 22, 2013. Ruling below: 644 F.3d 909 (9th Cir. 2011).
When does the statute of limitations accrue for the judicial review of an ERISA disability benefits adverse determination?
Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance, No. 12-729. Certiorari granted: April 15, 2013. Ruling below: 496 Fed. Appx. 129 (2nd Cir. 2012).
Should a federal court abstain from hearing a matter pursuant to Younger v. Harris (401 U.S. 37) when there is an ongoing, related state proceeding that is “remedial” rather than “coercive” in nature?
Sprint Communications v. Jacobs, No. 12-815. Certiorari granted: April 15, 2013. Ruling below: 690 F.3d 864 (8th Cir. 2012).
Should a federal court subject a contractual forum selection clause to a balancing-of-conveniences analysis, even when it designates a specific alternative federal forum?
Atlantic Marine Construction v. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, No. 12-929. Certiorari granted: April 1, 2013. Ruling below: 701 F.3d 736 (5th Cir. 2012).
Does the Internal Revenue Code’s penalty for an underpayment of federal income tax that is “attributable to” an overstatement of basis in property apply to an underpayment resulting from an IRS determination that a transaction lacks economic substance?
U.S. v. Woods, No. 12-562. Certiorari granted: March 25, 2013. Ruling below: 471 Fed. Appx. 320 (5th Cir. 2012).