Supreme Court of the United States

The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the United States and is charged with interpreting federal law, including the United States Constitution. The Court's docket is largely discretionary... more +
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the United States and is charged with interpreting federal law, including the United States Constitution. The Court's docket is largely discretionary with only a limited number of cases granted review each term.  The Court is comprised of one chief justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to hold lifetime positions. less -
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A Sea Change after Alice: Recent Court Decisions Show Patents Are Vulnerable under Section 101 Attack

Since 2010, the Supreme Court has issued four decisions on patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In the most recent decision, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court continued the restrictive approach set forth in...more

Impact of Supreme Court’s Recent Actions on Employee Benefits

Did the Supreme Court legalize same-sex marriage? On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of seven petitions challenging federal court of appeal rulings in the Fourth, Seventh, and...more

Wage and Hour Cases to Watch at the Supreme Court: Part 1--Integrity Staffing

This month marked the opening of the Supreme Court’s new term. For employment law practitioners, this session will be particularly busy with seven cases analyzing a range of employment questions, from the scope of the EEOC’s...more

How Have Courts Interpreted the Recent Guidance of the Supreme Court on When to Afford Attorneys’ Fees Under the Patent Act?

During the last term, the Supreme Court issued a number of opinions related to patents. One of these opinions was Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1749, 188 L. Ed. 2d 816 (2014), a case dealing...more

Delaware Program Struck Down: Independent Legal Counsel Still Best Avenue for Private Arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court decided last Monday to not hear a case involving the State of Delaware's effort to create a state-sponsored program where sitting judges could confidentially arbitrate business disputes. Lower courts...more

Asset Protection for Inherited IRAs

Owners of large retirement accounts may be lulled into complacency concerning the asset protection available to these special assets. The funds which you (and perhaps also your employer through a matching program) have...more

Supreme Court Allows Texas to Enforce Voter ID Law

Texas can enforce its voter identification law for the upcoming midterm elections, the U.S. Supreme Court said. In an order issued Oct. 18, the Court denied emergency requests to allow immediate implementation of the District...more

Second Circuit Aluminum Warehousing Appeal Halted Until SCOTUS Weighs In

On October 23, 2014, the Second Circuit agreed to hold an appeal in abeyance until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on an issue of appellate procedure in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp. (formerly known as In re LIBOR-Based...more

Supreme Court Adds Another CEQA Case To Its Docket, Will Review Fifth District’s Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (“Friant Ranch”)...

On October 1, 2014, the California Supreme Court granted the Real Party in Interest developer’s petition for review in Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (5th Dist. 2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 704, now unciteable and pending review...more

State Action Doctrine Tested by Supreme Court for Second Time in Two Years

After nearly two decades of silence on the state action doctrine, on October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Court’s second case on the subject in two years: The North Carolina Board of...more

Resource Update: NLRB's Continuing Expansion of Off-Duty Access Rights

Since the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Republic Aviation v. NLRB almost seventy years ago, courts and the National Labor Relations Board have been weighing employers' property rights against union rights under...more

The Supreme Court Considers The Requirements For Removal

The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) outlines the federal courts’ diversity jurisdiction over class actions. Among other things, it increased the amount in controversy to $5 million (28 U.S.C. § 1332(d)(2), (6)),...more

Oral Argument In Teva Pharmaceuticals: Supreme Court To Decide Federal Circuit’s Standard Of Review Of District Court Claim...

On October 15, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. (No. 13-854). The issue presented in the case is “Whether a district court’s factual finding in support of its...more

Standard for Induced Patent Infringement in Flux

Recent developments in a court case concerning induced patent infringement may have a significant impact on patent owners and patent portfolio valuations, pending review by the Supreme Court. On October 16, 2014, the...more

Supreme Court Declines to Address CAFA Removal Circuit Split

Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Romo, a case that implicates the mass action removal requirements of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). The...more

Supreme Court Makes Necessary Expansions to Whistleblower Law

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Lawson v. FMR, LLC that people employed by a private company that is either a contractor or subcontractor or a public company are to be extended the same...more

The Line Out of This Place Is as Long as the Amazon.com River

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in a case that would seem to raise easy enough questions: When does an employee’s workday begin and end? What activities count as “work”? However, these questions have given...more

Who Is Alice and Why Is She Invalidating Patents?

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, clarifying what it means to be patentable subject matter. With one stroke of the pen, the Supreme Court...more

Circuits Split on When to Impute Employees’ Knowledge to Corporation for Section 10(b) Claims

One of the most significant challenges facing plaintiffs in pleading a violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is sufficiently alleging that the defendant company possessed scienter, or an “intent to...more

Court Decisions in the U.S. and China Bolster Law Enforcement’s Ability to Prosecute Global Corporate Corruption

On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)—the U.S. statute that criminalizes the bribing of foreign officials. The...more

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Appellate Standard of Review Over Patent Claim Construction

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument October 15, 2014, in Teva Pharm. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 13-854. (The transcript and audio recording are available here.) The question before the Court in this case...more

United States Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Case Involving Use of General Verdict

Monday, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Khan v. Chowdhury, Case No. 13-1479. Notwithstanding the denial, this case is notable, as it highlights a recurring issue in preserving error for appeal: proposing...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Two Immigration Cases in 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this month which cases it will hear in the coming year. Two of such cases are immigration cases that could have significant implications on immigration law depending on how they are ultimately...more

Employment Law - Oct 2014 #2

EEOC Sues Over Transgender Discrimination - Why it matters: In its first cases alleging bias against transgender employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Florida eye clinic and a...more

ev3, Inc. v. Lesh, C.A. No. 515, 2013 (Del. Sept. 30, 2014)

In this en banc Memorandum Opinion, the Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court’s denial of the defendant-below’s motion for a new trial following a jury verdict and remanded the case for a new trial. The Supreme Court...more

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