Douglas Worley

United States Supreme Court (16 summaries)

Whitfield v. United States

The word "accompany" in 18 U.S.C. §2113, which creates increased penalties for actions taken during the commission of, or flight from, a bank robbery, means "to go with" even over short distances.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Criminal Law

Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk

Time spent in post-work security screenings, and waiting in line for those screenings, is not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Labor Law

McCullen v. Coakley

Banning the presence of all but an exempt few from the area around the entrances to reproductive health facilities unconstitutionally burdens the public's First Amendment rights.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd.

The Federal Sovereign Immunities Act does not protect sovereign debtors against postjudgment discovery.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Sovereign Immunity

CTS Corp. v. Waldburger

Section 9658 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 preempts state statutes of limitations, but does not preempt state statutes of repose.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Civil Procedure

Wood v. Moss

There is no "clearly established" law that ensures that groups with different viewpoints are positioned similarly when presidential safety is at issue.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Qualified Immunity

Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

Where Congress has provided a statute of limitations under Section 507(b) of the Copyright Act, the defense of laches is only available in extraordinary circumstances.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Civil Procedure

Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation

The Environmental Protection Agency's interpretation of the Clean Air Act and the regulations promulgated in furtherance of that act are reasonable and subject to deference.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Administrative Law

Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)

Michigan's constitutional amendment banning discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, and contracting is upheld.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

BG Group plc v. Argentina

When a United States court reviews an arbitration award under the Treaty, the provisions of the arbitration and award should be examined under the principles of contract law.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Arbitration

Lawson v. FMR LLC

The whistleblower protection provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act shelters employees of private contractors and subcontractors.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Employment Law

United States v. Apel

For 18 U.S.C. § 1382 purposes, a military installation includes the commanding officer's area of responsibility.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Property Law

Medtronic, Inc. v. Merowski Family Ventures, LLC

The burden of persuasion in a declaratory judgment action stemming from a patent infringement suit is on the patentee.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Civil Procedure

United States v. Windsor

Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutionally violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

The Fifth Circuit erred by not applying strict scrutiny as articulated in Grutter and Regents of Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke, 438 U. S. 265.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Ariz.

"Evidence-of-citizenship requirements, as applied to federal applicants, is preempted by the National Voter Registration Act’s mandate that States “accept and use” the Federal Form."

Area(s) of Law:
  • Preemption

United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted (10 summaries)

Kansas v. Reginald Carr

Whether the Eight Amendment requires either severance of co-defendants' cases at sentencing or affirmative instructions to sentencing juries that mitigating circumstances need not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Sentencing

Ocasio v. United States

Whether the federal statute forbidding extortion requires a conspiracy to commit extortion to target a victim outside the conspiracy.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Criminal Law

Glossip v. Gross

Whether Oklahoma's prisoner execution protocols violate the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

Chen v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland

Whether, under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m), a district court has discretion to extend the time for service of process absent a showing of good cause.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Civil Procedure

Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar

Whether a rule of judicial conduct that prohibits judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.

Whether the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's findings preclude the relitigation of those same issues in subsequent litigation.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Civil Procedure

Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp.

Whether a final order renders a suit immediately appealable when that suit has been consolidated with other suits that have not concluded.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Civil Procedure

Whitfield v. United States

Whether "forced accompaniment" during a bank robbery must be substantial in order to trigger the increased penalty under 18 U.S.C. § 2113(e).

Area(s) of Law:
  • Criminal Law

BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina

Whether an arbitrator or court has power to determine whether a prerequisite to arbitration has occurred.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Arbitration

Lawson v. FMR LLC

Whether the First Circuit erred when it construed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), 18 U.S.C. § 1514A, to only protect whistleblower employees of publicly traded companies, but not private companies.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Employment Law