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Grants of Certiorari

EMPLOYMENT – RETALIATION

Are public employees protected from employment retaliation under the First Amendment’s Petition Clause when their complaint is about a personal grievance and not a matter of public concern?

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TENTH AMENDMENT

Does a criminal defendant convicted under a federal statute have standing to challenge her conviction on the grounds that, as applied to her, the statute is beyond the federal government’s enumerated powers and inconsistent with the Tenth Amendment?

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FOURTH AMENDMENT

Does the Fourth Amendment require a warrant, a court order, parental consent or exigent circumstances before law enforcement and child welfare officials are allowed to interview a suspected child abuse victim at a public school?

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CRIMINAL

Does the term “cocaine base” encompass every form of cocaine that is classified chemically as a base, or is the term “cocaine base” is limited to “crack” cocaine?

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PATENT INFRINGEMENT

What is the legal standard for the state of mind element of a claim of actively inducing patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b)? Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB, No. 10-6. Certiorari granted Oct. 12, 2010. Ruling below: 594 F.3d ...

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TRIBAL LAW

Does tribal sovereign immunity bar taxing authorities from foreclosing to collect lawfully imposed property taxes? Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation, No. 10-72. Certiorari granted Oct. 12, 2010. Ruling below: 605 E3d 149 (2d Cir. 2010).

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PRODUCT LIABILITY

Do state courts have general personal jurisdiction over a foreign company if its products were placed into the “stream of commerce” and injured residents of the state?

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FALSE CLAIMS ACT

Is a federal agency’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request a “report … or investigation” within the meaning of the False Claims Act public disclosure bar?

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ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL ACT

Does using a vehicle while knowingly or intentionally fleeing from a law enforcement officer after being ordered to stop constitute a ‘violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)? Sykes v. U.S., No. 09-11311. Certiorari granted ...

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