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Petitions of the week: Telework taxation, a Kentucky abortion law, background checks at traffic stops and more

Posted Fri, December 4th, 2020 4:31 pm by Andrew Hamm This week we highlight cert petitions — and one original action — that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether Massachusetts may tax New Hampshire teleworkers, whether Kentucky’s attorney general may step in to defend a Kentucky abortion restriction, and whether police […]

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What Federal Policymakers Can Learn from Business Tax Refunds in 2020

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the ways federal policymakers and the White House could build on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn. As part of this report, GAO reviewed how the relief measures for businesses and individuals have worked through 2020, including information about tax refund […]

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Justices tell lower court to take another look at California COVID-19 restrictions on indoor worship

Posted Thu, December 3rd, 2020 12:53 pm by Amy Howe Last week the Supreme Court granted requests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues to lift New York’s coronavirus-related attendance limits on worship services. The broader impact of that ruling became even more apparent on Thursday morning, when the justices ordered a […]

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Additional Pandemic Relief Might Be Taking Shape

With fewer than 10 days until government funding runs out, congressional lawmakers are down to the wire to fund the government and provide additional pandemic-related relief to the households and businesses trying to make it through the winter. This week, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers released new […]

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Confusing Supreme Court counsel with their clients

Posted Wed, December 2nd, 2020 1:56 pm by Tom Goldstein Tuesday’s argument in Nestlé USA v. Doe I  and Cargill, Inc. v. Doe I addressed an important question about whether American companies can be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute. Less important to the larger world, but still important to those who practice law […]

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Poland Borrows an Idea from Estonia’s Tax System, but Misses the Point

Poland and Estonia have dramatically different tax systems. While Estonia has earned the top rank in our International Tax Competitiveness Index for seven years running, Poland consistently ranks toward the bottom of the Index. This year Poland ranks 34th out of 36 countries. While consumption and property tax policies are key contributors to this low […]

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Case preview: Justices will hear argument on whether unanimous jury ruling applies retroactively

In April, the Supreme Court ruled in Ramos v. Louisiana that the Sixth Amendment establishes a right to a unanimous jury that applies in both federal and state courts. On Wednesday in Edwards v. Vannoy, the justices will hear argument on whether inmates whose convictions became final before that decision can now take advantage of […]

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Indiana Lawmakers Consider Cigarette Tax Increase

Cigarette smokers in Indiana may be asked to pay a 200 percent higher state excise tax on their cigarettes if lawmakers move ahead with a recent proposal from legislative leaders. The current state tax rate is 99.5 cents per pack but the proposal would increase this rate to $3 per pack. That rate does not […]

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Legal research no longer limited to keywords

Posted Mon, November 30th, 2020 12:37 pm by Tom Goldstein Longtime readers of SCOTUSblog are by now familiar with Casetext’s legal search tool. It solves an ever-present need for our team: finding opinions from all levels of the court system for our articles and case pages. Practitioners who read this blog, on the other hand, […]

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Case preview: Justices to consider breadth of federal computer fraud statute

Posted Sun, November 29th, 2020 12:52 pm by Ronald Mann Van Buren v. United States gives the Supreme Court its first chance ever to interpret the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal statute that imposes civil and criminal liability for unauthorized access of computers. The case, which will be argued on Monday, presents a […]