Willamette Law Online

United States Supreme Court

( 9 summaries )

Opinions Filed in December 2011

Hardy v. Cross

Habeas Corpus: Certiorari granted and the judgment of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Cross v. Hardy is reversed.

(Filing Date: 12-12-2011)

Judulang v. Holder

Immigration: The BIA’s policy for applying §212(c) in deportation cases is “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedures Act.

(Filing Date: 12-12-2011)

Mayo v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc

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

(Filing Date: 12-07-2011)

PPL Montana v. Montana

Constitutional Law: (Whether the constitutional test for determining if a river is navigable for title purposes requires an inquiry into whether the stretch in controversy was navigable at the time that the State joined the Union or whether the appropriate test is whether the river as a whole is navigable based on present day use)

(Filing Date: 12-07-2011)

Martel v. Clair

Habeas Corpus: Whether a condemned state prisoner in a federal habeas proceeding is entitled to replace his court appointed attorney with another court appointed attorney based on his dissatisfaction with the initial attorney's performance.

(Filing Date: 12-06-2011)

Williams v. Illinois

Evidence: Whether a state violates a criminal defendant's constitutional right to be confronted with the witnesses against him when it allows an expert to testify about DNA reports prepared by analysts who do not appear at trial.

(Filing Date: 12-06-2011)

Caraco v. Novo Nordisk

Administrative Law: Whether the provision in the Hatch-Waxman Act allowing generic drug manufacturers to “counterclaim” and seek an FDA order requiring changes by the patent holder applies to (1) approved methods of use of the drug and (2) corrections to the patent’s scope.

(Filing Date: 12-05-2011)

Messerschmidt v. Millender

Criminal Procedure: 1. Whether police officers are entitled to qualified immunity when they obtained a facially valid warrant but failed to find that for which they were searching. 2. Whether the Malley/Leon standards for excluding evidence in a criminal proceeding or imposing civil liability under 42 U.S.C. §1983 should be reconsidered or clarified.

(Filing Date: 12-05-2011)

Reichle v. Howards

Constitutional Law: ((1): Whether the existence of probable cause to make an arrest bars a First Amendment retaliatory arrest claim; and (2): Whether Secret Service agents should receive qualified and absolute immunity when making split second decisions when protecting the Vice President or the President).

(Filing Date: 12-05-2011)