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The rise of certiorari before judgment

SCOTUS FOCUS By Steve Vladeck on Jan 25, 2022 at 5:44 pm For obvious reasons, the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to grant certiorari in a pair of cases challenging race-based affirmative action in higher education drew major headlines. Less well noticed was a curious procedural feature of the second case, Students for Fair Admissions […]

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2022 VAT Rates in Europe

More than 170 countries worldwide—including all European countries—levy a Value-Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services. As today’s tax map shows, although harmonized to some extent by the European Union (EU), EU member states’ VAT rates vary across countries. The VAT is a consumption tax assessed on the value added in each production stage of […]

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Mississippi Nears Income Tax Repeal but Additional Work Is Necessary

Mississippi, like most states, realized a significant budget surplus in 2021 and projects continued revenue growth over the coming years. As lawmakers in Jackson determine how to best invest these funds, they must also reconcile the state’s position in an increasingly competitive tax environment. Over the last two years, Mississippians watched as the region was […]

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Court reaffirms duties of retirement-plan sponsors to monitor and update plan options

OPINION ANALYSIS By Ronald Mann on Jan 24, 2022 at 4:24 pm Monday’s decision in Hughes v. Northwestern University will be a strong contender for shortest decision of the term – Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s opinion for a unanimous court did not fill six pages, and included only six paragraphs of explanation following her summary of […]

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Suing the International Finance Corporation, and Chicago police’s destroy-or-sell policy

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm on Jan 21, 2022 at 3:49 pm Jeffrey Fisher argues for the plaintiffs in Jam v. International Finance Corp. in 2018. (Art Lien) This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether the International Finance Corporation is immune from suit […]

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Justices will review scope of McGirt decision, but won’t consider whether to overturn it

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 21, 2022 at 3:22 pm Less than two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma by a vote of 5-4 that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma, which was reserved for the Creek Nation in the 19th century, remains a reservation for purposes of a […]

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The morning read for Friday, Jan. 21

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Jan 21, 2022 at 9:23 am Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com. Here’s the Friday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: James […]

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Majority turns down request to send Texas abortion litigation back to federal district court

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 20, 2022 at 5:30 pm The Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon rejected abortion providers’ request to order a federal appeals court to send their challenge to a Texas law banning almost all abortions in the state promptly back to the friendlier confines of a federal district court in […]

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Summary of the Latest Federal Income Tax Data, 2022 Update

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released data on individual income taxes for tax year 2019, showing the number of taxpayers, adjusted gross income, income tax paid, and income tax shares by income percentiles.[1] The new data outlines the tax system under the second year of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the last […]

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Court rebuffs Trump’s bid to block release of documents related to Jan. 6 riot

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Jan 19, 2022 at 8:26 pm Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Pennsylvania in 2018. (Evan El-Amin via Shutterstock) In a major victory for the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court turned down a request by former […]