Rory Gates

United States Supreme Court (9 summaries)

Mayo v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc

One must do more than simply describe a multi-step application of an unpatentable law of nature to transform it into a patent-eligible application of such a law.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Patents

Astrue v. Capato

Whether a child conceived after a biological parent's death is eligible for Social Security survivor benefits.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Administrative Law

Marmet Health Care Center, Inc. v. Brown

West Virginia's prohibition of pre-dispute agreements to arbitrate personal-injury or wrongful-death claims against nursing homes is contrary to the terms and coverage of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA).

Area(s) of Law:
  • Contract Law

Nat’l Meat Ass’n v. Harris

The Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) expressly preempts California's amended penal code application against federally inspected swine slaughterhouses.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Preemption

U.S. v. Home Concrete & Supply

[1] Whether an understatement of gross income attributable to an overstatement of basis in sold property is an "omi[ssion] from gross income" that can trigger the extended six-year assessment period; and [2] whether a final regulation promulgated by the Department of the Treasury, which reflects the IRS's view that an understatement of gross income attributable to an overstatement of basis can trigger the extended six-year assessment period, is entitled to judicial deference.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Tax Law

Smith v. Cain

Failure to disclose material evidence violates Brady and may require reversal of conviction.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Criminal Procedure

Mayo v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc

Whether the correlation between blood test results and patient health is patentable.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Patents

Nat’l Meat Ass’n v. Harris

PREEMPTION (Whether federal regulations authorized by the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. § 601, et seq.) that require slaughterhouses to hold nonambulatory animals for observation for evidence of disease preempts a state law that requires such animals be immediately killed.)

Area(s) of Law:
  • Preemption

Judulang v. Holder

(Whether a lawful permanent resident convicted of an offense that renders him deportable and excludeable under different statutory subsections, but did not depart or reenter the United States after conviction, is categorically foreclosed from seeking discretionary relief under former Section § 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationalty Act)

Area(s) of Law:
  • Immigration

United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted (1 summary)

Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. (11-204)

(1) Whether deference is owed to the to the Secretary of Labor’s interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s sales exemption; and (2)whether the FLSA’s outside sale exemption applies to pharmaceutical sales representatives.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Administrative Law