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Arguments


December 6, 2017 Arguments:

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Marinello v. United States

Does the felony tax provision apply to Marinello?

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Murphy v. Smith

How much of the prisoner's monetary award must go to his attorney's fees?


December 5, 2017 Argument:

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Part II: Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. Colorado said the cake shop must sell the couple a cake if it sells wedding cakes to the public generally. Is Colorado compelling the cake shop to express a government view (in favor of same-sex marriage) on its cake-art?

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Part I: Understanding the Legal Claims. How does this case differ from the same-sex marriage case?


December 4, 2017 Arguments:

Rubin v. Iran

Plaintiffs are victims of a terrorist attack that won a $71.5 million judgment against Iran for sponsoring the attack. Can Rubin, et al. attach Iran's artifacts in the U.S. to collect on the judgment?

Christie v. NCAA

New Jersey wants to legalize sports betting, but a federal law says it can't. Does the federal law violate the Constitution?


 

November 29, 2017 Argument:

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Carpenter v. United States

Can the government get our cell phone location data without 4th Amendment protections?

 

November 28, 2017 Arguments:

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Cyan v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund

Plaintiffs are shareholders of Cyan that accused the company of misleading in its securities filings. Can the plaintiffs' case continue in state court, or will it be stopped by a policy that prevents "forum shopping"?

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Digital Realty Trust v. Somers

Paul Somers was Vice President of Digital Realty Trust. He reported potential securities law violations to upper management, then got fired. Can Somers claim whistleblowing protection under Dodd-Frank?


November 27, 2017 Arguments:

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SAS Institute v. Matal

SAS challenged Matal's patent, and the review board did not address all of SAS's claims. Can the patent review board pick and choose the claims it will start a review for?

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Oil States Energy Services v. Greene's Energy Group

Oil States Energy Services lost its patent protection. Now it argues the administrative court did not have the Constitutional authority to take away its right. See if the case belonged in a "real" judicial court instead.


November 6, 2017 Argument:

November 7, 2017 Argument:

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Patchak v. Zinke

Congress used its power to establish jurisdiction in a unique way: instead of establishing jurisdiction generally, it aimed to end a particular case. Did Congress encroach on the judicial power?

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Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting

Two Pennsylvania racetracks merged to build a "racino" (race track + casino). The surviving company couldn't get the permit and filed for bankruptcy. Can the company that sold out of the deal keep its distance, or will bankruptcy law take suspicion?


October 31, 2017 Argument:

November 1, 2017 Argument:

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Artis v. District of Columbia

Did Artis file her D.C. law claims too late? See how the Supreme Court interprets a claim filing deadline in a law on jurisdiction.

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U.S. Bank National Association v. Village at Lakeridge

Shortly after Village at Lakeridge filed for bankruptcy, Dr. Rabkin bought a claim worth $2.76 million for $5,000.  How strictly should the appellate court review the bankruptcy court decision that Rabkin was not a statutory insider?


October 30, 2017 Arguments:

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Ayestas v. Davis

Is Ayestas entitled to a government-paid investigator?

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Wilson v. Sellers

Will Wilson's last chance to avoid the death penalty be based on review of a one-sentence decision?


Week 2 Arguments (October 10-11, 2017):

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Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

This case gets to the heart of what it means to be a lawyer.  The Court will determine if a court filing rule can be waived, or if a court can give an exception to it.

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National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense

Should these EPA challenges start directly in the appeals courts?


 
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Jesner v. Arab Bank

Plaintiffs, victims of terrorist attacks, sued a foreign bank claiming the bank held accounts for known terrorists. The Court will decide if the bank - a corporate defendant - can be sued under the Alien Tort Statute (the law the plaintiffs are using).

 

Week 1 Arguments (October 2-4, 2017):

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District of Columbia v. Wesby

Did the officers have probable cause to arrest the plaintiffs, who were partying in a house that turned out not to belong to the person who invited them?

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Class v. United States

Class wants to challenge the law he violated as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. But he pled guilty. Can he do that?


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Gill v. Whitford

The Supreme Court may invoke the "political question" doctrine to avoid this case. Learn why a political gerrymander case might be outside the judiciary's province.

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Jennings v. Rodriguez

Are noncitizen entitled bond hearings when detained 6 months or more awaiting a decision on deportation?


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Employment Contracts Cases

Can you sign away your right to bring a class action against your employer?

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Sessions v. Dimaya

The Immigration and Nationality Act says foreign residents who serve time twice for a "crime of violence" can be deported. Is the definition of "crime of violence" well enough defined, or does it violate the Constitution?