Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lundgren
The Lundgrens have a property dispute with the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. The tribe claims immunity, but can the disputed property be pulled into court regardless?
National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
A California law requires anti-abortion pregnancy centers to tell women that abortions are available. NIFLA argues the law violates the centers' First Amendment rights.
Sveen left his ex-wife designated as his life insurance beneficiary. Can a Minnesota law apply retroactively to revoke the ex-spouse designation?
February 28, 2018 Argument:
Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky
Can Minnesota ban political apparel on clothes around polling places? MVA argues the law violates the First Amendment.
February 27, 2018 Arguments:
United States v. Microsoft
Can the government force Microsoft to hand over consumer information stored overseas?
Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, FL
Can the police get in trouble for retaliatory arrest if they had probable cause to arrest anyway?
February 26, 2018 Arguments:
Can the states prove Amex's contract with merchants is illegal without proving negative effects on cardholders?
Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Can government employees be required to pay union collective bargaining fees?
February 21, 2018 Arguments:
Rosales-Mireles v. United States
What happens when the judge messes up? The Supreme Court will decide if the mistake in Rosales-Mireles' case was serious enough that it must be fixed.
The judge issued wiretap orders outside of the judge's jurisdiction. Can Dahda get the wire-tapped communications suppressed?
February 20, 2018 Arguments:
Can Currier be convicted of firearm possession if a different jury decided he wasn't involved?
City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt
Is the city liable for using coerced statements in the pre-trial hearing?
January 17, 2018 Arguments:
Did McCoy's lawyer have the right to overrule McCoy's choice to plead innocent?
Encino Motorcars v. Navarro
Does the service advisor at a car dealership get overtime pay?
January 16, 2018 Arguments:
Consolidated Military Court Appeals
Can the appeals court judges serve on both the military court and the civil court? Petitioners argue no, and that their appeals should be voided.
Ortiz v. U.S.
Cox v. U.S.
Dalmazzi v. U.S.
The lower court tried two related cases together. While one of them is still ongoing, can the other be appealed?
January 10, 2018 Argument:
Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute
Plaintiffs claim Ohio's voter roll purging process kicks people off the list illegally. Does the process violate federal law?
January 9, 2018 Arguments:
Can you expect privacy (i.e. Fourth Amendment protections) in a rental car if you are not on the lease?
Can police search a motorcycle parked outside a home, covered almost fully by a tarp without a warrant?
January 8, 2018 Arguments:
Texas argues New Mexico is violating a 1938 agreement that allocates usage of the Rio Grande River water. New Mexico argues Texas doesn't have a case. Will the Supreme Court dismiss it?
Florida argues Georgia is using up too much river water that Florida needs for its ecosystem and economy. Will the Supreme Court grant Florida an "equitable apportionment"?
December 6, 2017 Arguments:
Marinello v. United States
Does the felony tax provision apply to Marinello?
How much of the prisoner's monetary award must go to his attorney's fees?
December 5, 2017 Argument:
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?
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:
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?
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:
Carpenter v. United States
Can the government get our cell phone location data without 4th Amendment protections?
November 28, 2017 Arguments:
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"?
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:
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?
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:
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?
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:
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.
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:
Is Ayestas entitled to a government-paid investigator?
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):
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.
National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense
Should these EPA challenges start directly in the appeals courts?
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):
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?
Class wants to challenge the law he violated as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. But he pled guilty. Can he do that?
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.
Are noncitizen entitled bond hearings when detained 6 months or more awaiting a decision on deportation?
Employment Contracts Cases
Can you sign away your right to bring a class action against your employer?
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?