Monday, June 29, 2009
"Exxon to pay interest on spill damages": The Anchorage Daily News has an update that begins, "Exxon Mobil Corp. said today it won't appeal nearly $500 million in interest that a court recently ordered it to pay to Alaska fishermen, business owners and others harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill."
"Discrimination ruling shapes Sotomayor debate": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 06:25 PM by Howard Bashman
"The Supreme Court Gets Ready To Turn on the Corporate Fundraising Spigot: The case about the anti-Hillary ad got pushed back till September--and got bigger." Law professor Richard L. Hasen -- author of the "Election Law Blog" -- has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 03:40 PM by Howard Bashman
"U.S high court: Saudi Arabia can't be sued over 9/11." The Philadelphia Inquirer has this news update.
Posted at 02:57 PM by Howard Bashman
Access online this afternoon's Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court: This Order List contains one additional grant of review. The Order List also contains the supplemental briefing order in Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, No. 08-205. And last but not least, the Order List contains a new Allotment Order assigning Justice Stephen G. Breyer to serve as Circuit Justice for the First Circuit and assigning Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to serve as Circuit Justice for the Third Circuit.
"U.S. Supreme Court looks over 9th Circuit's shoulder; This term, justices reversed, at least partially, 94% of the Western appeals court's rulings; Part of the reason, experts say, is the court is perceived as liberal and partial to the underdog": Carol J. Williams has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 01:15 PM by Howard Bashman
"White firefighters were victims of discrimination, Supreme Court rules; Justices rule, 5-4, that New Haven, Conn., was wrong to deny promotions to the firefighters, who outscored black colleagues on a test; The decision overturns a ruling supported by Sonia Sotomayor": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this news update.
Posted at 01:12 PM by Howard Bashman
"High Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit; Ruling Reverses High-Profile Decision by Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this news update.
Posted at 12:32 PM by Howard Bashman
"Supreme Court rules for white firefighters in bias case": Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has this report.
James Vicini of Reuters reports that "Supreme Court rules against city in race-based promotions case."
Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that "Sotomayor Firefighter Ruling Reversed by High Court."
The Hartford Courant has a news update headlined "Court Rules For White New Haven Firefighters Over Promotions; Opinion reverses a decision that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed."
And The New Haven Register has a news update headlined "Court rules for white firefighters over promotions."
"Souter bids goodbye to Supreme Court colleagues": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 11:40 AM by Howard Bashman
"Chief Justice Roberts Speaks on Too-Long Briefs, Too Many Questions": Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times." Via LexisNexis News, you can access a transcript of the Chief Justice's remarks Satuday at the Fourth Circuit's Judicial Conference by clicking here.
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman
Access online today's Order List and final decisions in cases argued this term at the U.S. Supreme Court: At 10 a.m. eastern time today, the Supreme Court of the United States will issue an Order List and its rulings in the final three undecided argued cases from this Term.
In alphabetical order, the three remaining undecided cases are:
1. Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, No. 08-205. You can access the oral argument transcript at this link. Update: There will be no ruling in the Citizens United case today because the Court has ordered reargument next Term.
2. Cuomo v. Clearing House Assn., L.L.C., No. 08-453. You can access the Court's ruling at this link (update: now available online) and the oral argument transcript at this link. Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer joined. Justice Clarence Thomas issued an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which the Chief Justice and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. joined. You can also access the Cuomo ruling by clicking here.
3. Ricci v. DeStefano, No. 07-1428. You can access the Court's ruling at this link (udpate: now available online) and the oral argument transcript at this link. Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, in which the Chief Justice and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, Jr. joined. Justice Scalia also issued a concurring opinion, Justice Alito also issued a concurring opinion, in which Justices Scalia and Thomas joined. Justice Ginsburg issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Stevens, Souter, and Breyer joined. You can also access the Ricci ruling by clicking here.
You can access today's Order List at this link (update: now available online). The Court granted review in six cases.
"SCOTUSblog" will provide live coverage of the announcement of today's rulings via a post you can access here.
Decisions in argued cases are announced in reverse order of seniority of the Justice who wrote the opinion of the Court or whose opinion announces the judgment of the Court. On Thursday of last week, the Court was posting its opinions in argued cases almost immediately after the decision was announced in the courtroom.
In early news coverage, The Associated Press has reports headlined"Court rules for white firefighters over promotions"; "Court: AG must go to court to probe nat'l banks"; "Court fails to decide on anti-Hillary movie"; "Court takes case over licensing of NFL apparel"; "Court takes on international child custody case"; "Court won't hear Sept. 11 claims vs. Saudi Arabia"; "High court won't block remote storage DVR"; "Court won't decide privacy of prescription pads"; "Court rejects Mo. appeal on funeral protest law": and "Court won't get involved in Bible club question."
"Judgement Day: Supreme Court to issue discrimination ruling." Today's edition of The New Haven Register contains an article that begins, "As eyes across America focus on New Haven and await a potentially landmark Supreme Court decision today on the firefighters' promotion case, it's all old news in the city firehouses."
"New Guidance Issued on Military Trials of Detainees": This article appears today in The New York Times.
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman
"Private Thomas": Yoni Brenner has this "Shouts & Murmurs" essay in the Talk of the Town section of the July 6, 2009 issue of The New Yorker.
Posted at 08:15 AM by Howard Bashman
"Assembly confirms Suttell as chief justice": Last Friday's edition of The Providence (R.I.) Journal contained an article that begins, "In 13 minutes flat, the state Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed Supreme Court Justice Paul A. Suttell as Rhode Island's 51st chief justice."
Posted at 08:10 AM by Howard Bashman
"Newtown Square mom may take case to Supreme Court": The Philadelphia Inquirer today contains an article that begins, "The decision that Donna Kay Busch and her attorneys must make by Aug. 31 could put the Newtown Square mother of three before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is considering whether to continue with a case that tackles issues of free speech and separation of church and state. If she goes forward, Busch says, the only cause she wants to strike a blow for is her son Wesley."
Posted at 08:07 AM by Howard Bashman
"Supreme Court bidding goodbye to Souter": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:04 AM by Howard Bashman