Willamette Law Online

United States Supreme Court

( 8 summaries )

Opinions Filed in May 2012

Coleman v. Johnson

Post-Conviction Relief: In reviewing a criminal conviction, a reviewing court may only set aside a jury verdict due to insufficient evidence “if no rational trier of fact could have agreed with the verdict." It is the jury’s responsibility to draw inferences and conclusions from the evidence offered at trial and deference must be given.

(Filing Date: 05-29-2012)

Radlax Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank

Bankruptcy Law: A debtor may not obtain confirmation of a Chapter 11 cramdown plan to sell an encumbered asset clear of liens under §1129(b)(2)(A) and prohibit creditors to credit-bid.

(Filing Date: 05-29-2012)

Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc.

Property Law: A violation of 12 U.S.C. § 2607(b) of RESPA only occurs when unearned fees for settlement services are split among multiple parties.

(Filing Date: 05-25-2012)

Blueford v. Arkansas

Criminal Procedure: The Double Jeopardy Clause does not bar a second trial on all charges where the first trial ended in a mistrial, even where the jury reported during the course of its deliberations that it was unanimous against guilt on some of the original charges.

(Filing Date: 05-24-2012)

Astrue v. Capato

Administrative Law: Posthumously conceived biological children are entitled to Social Security survivor’s benefits only if they could inherit from the deceased under state intestacy law or meet another statutory alternative.

(Filing Date: 05-21-2012)

Holder v. Gutierrez

Administrative Law: The Board of Immigration Appeals' decision to reject imputation of parental residency is reasonable and entitled to Chevron deference because it is “based on a permissible construction” of the statute.

(Filing Date: 05-21-2012)

Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd.

Civil Procedure: The Court Interpreters Act provides for compensation for oral translation but not document translation.

(Filing Date: 05-21-2012)

Hall v. United States

Bankruptcy Law: Under 11 U.S.C. § 1222(a)(2)(A), federal income tax liability resulting from individual debtors' sale of their farm during the course of a Chapter 12 bankruptcy is not "incurred by the estate" and thus not dischargeable.

(Filing Date: 05-14-2012)