Willamette Law Online

(16 summaries)

Jacqueline Leung

United States Supreme Court

TitleExcerptFilling Date
Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc.Constitutional Law: A Medicaid provider does not have a private right of action to sue under the Medicaid Act because the Supremacy Clause does not give the right to do so.(03-31-2015)
National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning et al.Constitutional Law: When there is a vacancy, the Recess Appointment Clause enables the President to appoint an officer to the vacancy if the Senate is in recess, but not when the Senate is not officially adjourned. (06-26-2014)
Halliburton Co. et al. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., FKA Archdiocese of Milwaukee Supporting Fund, Inc.Corporations: When investors can prove their reliance on a business' misrepresentation in determining whether to buy or sell company stock, investors can recover damages in a private securities fraud action. (06-23-2014)
Susan B. Anthony List v. DriehausConstitutional Law: When determining if a party meets Article III standing requirements, a credible threat of enforcement meets the injury in fact portion of the standing requirements.(06-16-2014)
Limelight Networks, Inc v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. Patents: A defendant is not liable for inducing patent infringement when there has been no direct infringement upon the patent.(06-02-2014)
Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway, et al. First Amendment: There is no violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause when a town meeting is opened with a prayer, given the precedence in legislative history. (05-05-2014)
Paroline v. United StatesRemedies: Restitution for victims of child pornography is proper under §2259, and determined on a case-by-case basis, compensating victims to the extend that the defendant proximately caused the victim's losses. (04-23-2014)
Ray Haluch Gravel Co. v. Central Pension Fund of Operating Engineers and Participating EmployersAttorney Fees: A judgment on the merits is final even if the amount or award of attorneys' fees is still pending. (01-15-2014)
Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.Patents: A naturally occurring segment of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is not patent eligible under 35 U. S. C. §101. However, Non-natural occurring segments are patent eligible.(06-13-2013)
McBurney v. YoungConstitutional Law: Virginia's Freedom of Information Act does not violate the Privileges and Immunity Clause or the dormant Commerce Clause by granting Virginia citizens access to public records, but grants no such right to non-Virginians. (04-29-2013)

United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted

TitleExcerptFilling Date
Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. AlabamaElection Law: The redistribution of majority-minority voters into fewer districts is unconstitutional when it decreases the overall strength of voters within the state.(03-25-2015)
McFadden v. United StatesCriminal Law: Whether the government must prove a defendant knew a substance was a controlled substance before convicting the defendant for distribution of a controlled substance.(01-16-2015)
Davis v. AyalaConstitutional Law: Whether a federal constitutional error occurred as the result of excluding Petitioner from ex parte Batson proceedings and if the error was harmless, and whether the court correctly applied the Brecht v. Abrahamson standard. (10-20-2014)
United States v. Wong Tort Law: Whether 28 U.S.C. § 2401(b) of the Federal Tort Claims Act is a “jurisdictional” statute and entitled to presumptions of equitable tolling.(06-30-2014)
Zivotofsky v. KerryConstitutional Law: Whether a federal statute directing the Secretary of State to list the birthplace of American citizens born in Jerusalem as Israel on the Consular Report of Birth Abroad and on the U.S. passport is unconstitutional because the statute "impermissibly infringes on the President's exercise of the recognition power reposing exclusively in him."(04-21-2014)
Marvin M. Brandt Irrevocable Trust v. United StatesProperty Law: Whether the United States held an implied reversionary interest in rights-of-way created by the General Railroad Right of Way Act in 1875 rights-of-way after the aforementioned lands were transferred to private ownership.(10-01-2013)