Willamette Law Online

United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted

( 5 summaries )

Opinions Filed in April 2013

Burrage v. United States

Criminal Procedure: (1) Whether the crime of distribution of drugs causing death under 21 U.S.C. §841 is a strict liability crime; and (2) whether jury instructions which allow a conviction by distribution of heroin which "contributed to" death, but was not the sole cause.

(Filing Date: 04-29-2013)

DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman

Civil Procedure: Whether a court may exercise personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based solely on its relationship to a subsidiary in the forum state.

(Filing Date: 04-22-2013)

Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance Co.

Civil Procedure: Whether judicial review of the statute of limitations in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disability benefit claim may begin to run before the claimant can bring a legal action.

(Filing Date: 04-15-2013)

Sprint Communications Co. v Jacobs

Civil Procedure: Whether the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit erred in applying the abstention doctrine to a review a "coercive" or "remedial" state proceeding.

(Filing Date: 04-15-2013)

Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Civil Procedure: (1) Whether a forum-selection clause designating an alternative federal forum is enforceable under Stewart Organization, Inc. v. Ricoh Corp., limited to review under a discretionary balancing-of-conveniences analysis under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) and (2) Whether district courts should allocate the burden of proof between parties seeking to enforce or avoid forum-selection clauses.

(Filing Date: 04-01-2013)