Willamette Law Online

United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted

( 5 summaries )

Opinions Filed in February 2012

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

Corporations: (1) Whether the question of corporate civil tort liability under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), 28 U.S.C. §1350, is a question of merits or one of subject matter jurisdiction; and (2) whether, like any other private party, a corporation may be held liable under the ATS for committing a tort, such as torture or genocide, in violation of the law of nations, or whether it is immune from liability.

(Filing Date: 02-28-2012)

Fisher v. University of Texas

Constitutional Law: Whether including race as a factor in determining undergraduate admissions was a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

(Filing Date: 02-21-2012)

Lozman v. The City of Riviera Beach, Florida

Admiralty: Whether a floating structure that is indefinitely moored, receives power and other utilities from shore, and is not intended to be used in maritime transportation or commerce, constitutes a “vessel” under 1 U.S.C. § 3, thus triggering federal maritime jurisdiction.

(Filing Date: 02-21-2012)

Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan

Civil Procedure: (Whether an award of costs for interpretation includes costs for translation of documents.)

(Filing Date: 02-21-2012)

Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp.

Employment Law: Whether donning and doffing safety clothing falls within the meaning of “changing clothes” in Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

(Filing Date: 02-19-2012)