Supreme Court Report


Court strikes down DOMA,
nixes Prop 8 appeal


WASHINGTON – In a ruling that will have an immediate effect on more than 1,000 federal laws and programs, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, holding that the law prohibiting recognition of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages for federal purposes unconstitutionally violates equal protection principles.

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Defense lawyers celebrate high
court win on supervisor liability

Defense lawyers are touting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this week on Title VII supervisor liability as a significant win for employers, providing a welcome clarification to the law while dealing a blow to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Supreme Court overturns N.Y. extortion conviction

Court strikes down Voting Act’s preclearance formula

Court takes up peeved airline flyer’s preemption case

Justices take aiding and abetting gun case

Court to clarify burden of proof in Medtronic ‘non-infringement’ action

Court to rule on whether private employees get SOX retaliation shield

Wife’s action to recover life insurance proceeds preempted, justices rule

Supreme Court vacates another class action

Supreme Court will decide standing factors in Lanham Act claims

Supreme Court OKs warrantless DNA collection

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DC Dicta

Grants of Certiorari

Supreme Court Decisions


The number of justices who were previously judges on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in D.C. That court’s newest judge, Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan, is also generating Supreme Court buzz.

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“I do not apply universal rights. It’s my job to apply American law as expressed in the constitution and in the laws passed by Congress. I do not apply the laws of God or of anyone who promulgates so-called international law.”

-Justice Antonin G. Scalia in a phone interview with a reporter from the Italian publication Corriera Della Sera. The justice spoke this week in at an event in Turin celebrating the centennial anniversary of philosopher and lawyer Bruno Leoni’s birth.

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The Funniest Justice

And the Funniest Justice is…

During oral arguments Tuesday, Justice Antonin G. Scalia asked why “my choice of marrying whom I want” can’t be considered property.

“I think it’s more properly viewed as a liberty interest,” said Justice Department attorney Sarah E. Harrington. “It’s not a source of economic value in the sort of traditional sense.”

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