The justices of the Supreme Court head back to work today, where they are scheduled to conference for the first time this month. They could grant some petitions for certiorari or issue other orders today, and this blog will be updated with news on that front.
Next week, after the President’s Day holiday Monday, oral arguments resume, and two cases on the court’s docket involve employment retaliation claims. (As always, links go to the case summaries by the Oyez Project).
Tuesday, the Court will consider whether a federal employee, who has complained of age discrimination and was later fired, can bring a retaliation claim against her employer under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act in Gomez-Perez v. Potter, No. 06-1321. In Wednesday’s oral argument in CBOCS West, Inc. v. Humphries, No. 06-1431, the justices will consider whether an employee, fired after complaining that his supervisor used racial slurs, can bring a retaliation claim under 42 U.S.C. §1981 (the Civil Rights Act of 1866).
Tuesday, The Court will also consider whether the government can allow utility companies to renegotiate long-term contracts with wholesale energy suppliers in Morgan Stanley Capital Group v. Public Utility District No. 1, No. 06-1457, consolidated with Calpine Energy Services v. Public Utility District No. 1, No. 06-1462.
Lawmakers in the House don’t like the wiretap bill. (WaPo)
Lawmakers in the Senate don’t like waterboarding. (NYT).
Unhappy with the FDA’s performance, Michigan Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak called for agency Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach’s resignation. (AP)
One lawmaker is pushing to give banks immunity from patent infringement lawsuits. (WaPo).
Rep. Tom Lantos is remembered. (SF Chronicle)