Willamette Law Online

(12 summaries)

Noah Gordon

United States Supreme Court

TitleExcerptFilling Date
Holt v.HobbsFirst Amendment: RLUIPA does not allow a Department of Corrections to enforce a policy that prohibits an inmate from growing a half inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.(01-20-2015)
Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home LoansCivil Procedure: Under the Truth In Lending Act a borrower only needs to give written notice to his lender within three years when the borrower chooses to rescind a loan; the borrower does not need to file a lawsuit.(01-13-2015)
Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Company, LLC v. OwensCivil Procedure: A defendant's notice of removal only needs to include a plausible allegation that the amount in controversy is more than the jurisdictional threshold; it does not need to contain evidentiary submissions.(12-15-2014)
Harris v. QuinnConstitutional Law: The First Amendment prohibits collecting an agency fee from non-public employees who do not support or wish to join a union.(06-30-2014)
Fifth Third Bancorp v. DudenhoefferCorporations: There is no "presumption of prudence" for an Employee Stock Ownership Plan fiduciary; they are subject only to the duty of prudence that applies to all ERISA fiduciaries in general, with the exception of the diversification requirement.(06-25-2014)
Loughrin v. United StatesCriminal Law: 18 U.S.C. §1344(2) does not require the government to prove that a defendant intended to defraud a financial institution.(06-23-2014)
Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.Patents: A patent’s indefiniteness renders it invalid if its claims fail to inform skilled artisans about the scope of the invention with reasonable certainty.(06-02-2014)
Martinez v. IllinoisCriminal Procedure: Jeopardy attaches when a jury is empanelled and sworn, thus a not-guilty verdict cannot be appealed without subjecting a defendant to double jeopardy.(05-27-2014)
Octane Fitness, LLC. v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.Patents: The Brooks Furniture framework is unduly rigid and inconsistent with the statutory text of 35 U.S.C. § 285.(04-29-2014)

United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted

TitleExcerptFilling Date
Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.Patents: Whether it was error for the Federal Circuit to hold that it is a defense to induced infringement under 35 U.S.C. 271(b) that a defendant thought a patent was invalid.(12-05-2014)
Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc.Constitutional Law: Whether Medicaid providers have a right to enforce 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(30)(A) under the Supremacy Clause where Congress did not give that right. (10-02-2014)
Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation Inc.Tax Law: Whether a state commits discrimination when it requires industrial and commercial businesses, including rail carriers, to pay sales-and-use-tax, but exempts rail carriers’ competitors from the tax, and whether other aspects of the state’s taxation should be considered in addition to the tax provision challenged.(07-01-2014)