Willamette Law Online

(11 summaries)

Michael Jones

United States Supreme Court

TitleExcerptFilling Date
Elgin v. Department of the TreasuryCivil Procedure: The Civil Service Reform Act precludes district court jurisdiction over challenges to adverse employment action under the Military Selective Service Act, even when such action is challenged on constitutional grounds.(06-11-2012)
National Federation of Independent Business v. SebeliusConstitutional Law: Whether the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act must be invalidated because its mandate requiring individuals to obtain health insurance is non-severable from the remainder of the Act.(03-28-2012)
Elgin v. Department of the TreasuryEmployment Law: Whether the Civil Service Reform Act ("CSRA") prevents federal district courts from having jurisdiction over constitutional challenges to employment dismissals under the Military Selective Services Act ("MSSA").(02-27-2012)
Kawashima v. HolderImmigration: Convictions for making or assisting in the making of a false tax return constitute aggravated felonies under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(M)(i) when the loss to the government exceeds $10,000 and therefore subject petitioners to deportation under the Immigration and Nationality Act. (02-21-2012)
Knox v. Service Employees Int'l Union, Local 1000Labor Law: (1) Whether a union must provide nonunion public employees with adequate notice and an opportunity to object when the union imposes an emergency assessment intended solely for political and ideological expenditures. (2) Whether a state violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments when it conditions public employment on the payment of union fees used to fund the union’s political activities.(01-31-2012)
Maples v. ThomasCriminal Procedure: Petitioner must show adequate "cause" to excuse a failure to timely file an appeal when the filing deadline lapses. (01-18-2012)
Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOCConstitutional Law: The "ministerial exception," which is rooted in the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment, bars an employment suit brought on behalf of a minister, challenging her church's decision to fire her. (01-11-2012)
Williams v. IllinoisEvidence: 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.(12-06-2011)
Kawashima v. HolderImmigration: Whether petitioners' convictions for tax crimes constituted aggravated felonies under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(M)(i), and thus subjected them to deportation under 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(iii).(11-07-2011)
Elgin v. Department of the TreasuryEmployment Law: Whether the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) prevents Federal District Courts from having jurisdiction over constitutional challenges to employment dismissals under the Military Selective Services Act (MSSA).(10-17-2011)

United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted

TitleExcerptFilling Date
National Federation of Independent Business v. SebeliusConstitutional Law: Whether the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act must be invalidated because its mandate requiring individuals to obtain health insurance is nonseverable from the remainder of the Act.(11-14-2011)