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Grants of Certiorari

FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT

Is the federal government immune from tort liability for the alleged sexual assault of a prison inmate by correctional officers that occurred outside the scope of an arrest, search or seizure? See “Justices to decide if government immune in sexual ...

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CRIMINAL LAW

May courts take a modified categorical approach to determine whether a conviction for burglary, which requires fewer elements than generic burglary, qualifies as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act? See “Justices to decide if non-generic crimes trigger ...

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CHILD CUSTODY

Does an appeal of a U.S. District Court’s ruling on a Petition for Return of Children pursuant to the International Child Abduction Remedies Act become moot after the child returns to his or her country of habitual residence? Chafin v. ...

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CLEAN WATER ACT

May a citizen bring a private suit challenging the validity of a rule promulgated under the Clean Water Act alleging that stormwater from logging roads constitutes “industrial stormwater” under the Act – even though the Environmental Protection Agency has determined ...

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EMPLOYMENT

Does the term “supervisor” for purposes of an employer’s liability apply only to a harasser with the power to “hire, fire, demote, promote, transfer or discipline” the victim, or can it also apply to others who had the authority to ...

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FEDERAL JURISDICTION

In a challenge to a federally registered trademark, is a federal district court divested of Article III jurisdiction if the registrant promises not to assert its mark against the challenger’s then-existing commercial activities? Already v. Nike, No. 11-982. Certiorari granted ...

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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

Does equitable tolling apply to a 180-day time limit for filing an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review Board from a final Medicare payment determination made by a fiscal intermediary? Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center, No. 11-1231. Certiorari granted ...

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ANTITRUST

Did a state legislature render federal antitrust laws inapplicable under the “state action doctrine” when it vested a local government entity with general corporate powers to acquire and lease out hospitals? FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, No. 11-1160. Certiorari ...

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