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Supreme Court Decides Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC

On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court decided Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712, holding that the “ inter partes” review process established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of...more

Supreme Court Decides Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC

On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court decided Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, No. 16-499, holding that foreign corporations may not be defendants in suits brought under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), 28 U.S.C. § 1350....more

Supreme Court Decides SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu

On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States decided SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, No. 16-969, holding that when the United States Patent and Trademark Office institutes an inter partes review, it must decide the...more

Supreme Court Decides Murphy v. Smith, No. 16-1067

On February 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided Murphy v. Smith, No. 16-1067, holding that when a prisoner receives a judgment under certain civil rights statutes, the district court must apply as much of the...more

Supreme Court Decides Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 16-534

On June 19, 2107 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, holding that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act allows some but not all of the property of a state sponsor of terrorism to be attached to...more

Supreme Court Decides Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, No. 16-1276

On June 19, 2107 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, holding that the Dodd-Frank Act’s prohibition on employer retaliation against whistleblowers extends only to individuals who have reported...more

Supreme Court Decides CNH Industrial N.V. v. Reese, No. 17-515

On February 20, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court decided CNH Industrial N.V. v. Reese, holding in a per curium opinion that collective-bargaining agreements are to be interpreted according to ordinary principles of contract law,...more

Supreme Court Decides Maslenjak v. United States, No. 16-309.

On June 22, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Maslenjak v. United States, holding that to revoke naturalized citizenship based on a crime committed in the naturalization process, the government must show that the crime had...more

Closing up Shop: Supreme Court Solidifies Protections Against Plaintiff Forum Shopping

At the end of 2016, we highlighted the United States Supreme Court’s hearing of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court as a decision “of great concern to drug and device companies” as it pertains to plaintiff forum...more

Supreme Court Decides Ziglar v. Abbasi, No. 15-1358.

On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Ziglar v. Abbasi, No. 15-1358, which was consolidated with Ashcroft v. Abbasi, No. 15-1359 and Hasty v. Abbasi, No. 15-1363, holding that detention-policy claims...more

Supreme Court Decides Matal v. Tam, No. 15-1293.

On June 19, 2107 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Matal v. Tam, holding that the Lanham Act’s prohibition on registering federal trademarks that “disparage” any person violates the First Amendment. The Lanham Act prohibits...more

Supreme Court Decides Packingham v. North Carolina, No. 15-1194.

On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Packingham v. North Carolina, No. 15-1194, holding that a North Carolina statute that bars registered sex offenders from accessing social networking websites that...more

Supreme Court Decides Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, No.16-466.

On June 19, 2107 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, holding that in determining whether a forum’s exercise of specific personal jurisdiction over a party complies with the Fourteenth...more

United States Supreme Court Decides Nelson v. Colorado

On April 19, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Nelson v. Colorado, No. 15-1256, holding that Colorado’s Compensation for Certain Exonerated Persons statute (Exoneration Act), which requires petitioners whose felony criminal...more

Supreme Court Decides Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, holding that the supplying of a single component of a multicomponent invention does not qualify as an...more

Supreme Court Decides Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools

On February 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-497, holding that a plaintiff need not exhaust administrative procedures under the Individuals with Disabilities...more

Supreme Court Decides Salman v. United States

On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Salman v. United States, No. 14-462, holding that a trader may be held liable for insider trading under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the SEC’s...more

Supreme Court Decides State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby, No. 15-513, holding that the False Claims Act (FCA) does not mandate dismissal of the case when a...more

Supreme Court Decides Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc., No. 15-777, holding that in the case of a multicomponent product, the “article of manufacture” that is the basis for an award...more

Supreme Court Decides McDonnell v. United States

On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474, holding that under the Hobbs Act and federal honest services fraud statute, the “official act” that is exchanged for...more

Supreme Court Decides Ocasio v. United States

A defendant may be convicted of conspiring to violate the Hobbs Act, 18 U. S. C. §1951, based on proof that the defendant reached an agreement with the owner of the property in question to obtain that property under color of...more

Supreme Court Decides Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt

On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, No. 14-1175, holding that under the Full Faith and Credit Clause, U.S. Const., Art. IV, § 1, a State may not decline to apply the law of...more

Supreme Court Decides Sturgeon v. Frost

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Sturgeon v. Frost, No. 14-1209, vacating a decision of the Ninth Circuit and leaving open the possibility that Section 103(c) of the Alaska National Interest...more

Supreme Court Decides Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, holding that a court may properly use representative, statistical evidence to certify a class action where each individual plaintiff...more

Supreme Court Decides Caetano v. Massachusetts

On March 21, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Caetano v. Massachusetts, No. 14-10078, reversing the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision upholding a Massachusetts law prohibiting the possession of stun guns. The...more

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