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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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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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Over Gorsuch dissent, justices deny review in dispute over definition of “minister” for tax-exemption purposes

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 18, 2022 at 5:11 pm After adding five cases to its merits docket for the spring on Friday, the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning issued more orders from the justices’ private conference last week. As expected, the justices did not grant any new cases. Perhaps most notably, they […]

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Court will take up five new cases, including lawsuit from football coach who wanted to pray on the field

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 14, 2022 at 8:08 pm In a term in which the justices are already slated to weigh in on disputes over public funding for private schools that teach religion, the role of spiritual advisers in the execution chamber, and the flying of a religious flag on a city […]

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Justices add new cases on bankruptcy, workers’ comp, and relief from final judgments

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 10, 2022 at 5:19 pm The Supreme Court on Monday morning added three new cases — involving bankruptcy law, civil procedure, and workers’ compensation — to its docket for the 2021-22 term. But the orders that the justices issued from their private conference on Jan. 7 were just […]

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The statistics of relists over the past five terms: The more things change, the more they stay the same

STATISTICS By Ralph Mayrell and John Elwood on Jan 4, 2022 at 4:14 pm Regular readers of SCOTUSblog know that in addition to flyspecking the Supreme Court’s docket most weeks to identify cert petitions that the justices are considering repeatedly at consecutive conferences (a practice called “relisting” cases), we periodically crunch the numbers to determine […]

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The Penobscot River and claims against military subcontractors

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm on Dec 24, 2021 at 4:31 pm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether the Penobscot Nation has regulatory authority over the Penobscot River or only over certain islands in the river, and how broadly to construe the […]

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Illegal firearm possession and courtroom closures

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm on Dec 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether the prosecution in a case of illegal gun possession by a person with a nonimmigrant visa must prove he knew of his legal status, […]

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Two death penalty cases and free speech at animal facilities

Petitions of the Week By Andrew Hamm on Dec 10, 2021 at 4:54 pm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals properly followed the Supreme Court’s orders in a capital defendant’s case claiming ineffective assistance of counsel, whether Georgia […]

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Trump’s steel tariffs, UNC affirmative action, and Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm on Dec 3, 2021 at 3:06 pm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, challenges to President Donald Trump’s 50% tariff on Turkish steel, the University of North Carolina’s use of race in admissions, and Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate […]