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Kennedy v. Plan Admin. for DuPont Savings & Inv. Plan

United States Supreme Court
ERISA, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law
In an ERISA case involving the Act's limitation on assignment or alienation of benefits, and a divorced spouse's purported waiver of her entitlement...
01/26/2009 07-636

Van de Kamp v. Goldstein

United States Supreme Court
Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure
In the context of 42 U.S.C. section 1983 civil rights suits, a prosecutor's absolute immunity extends to claims that the prosecution failed to...
01/26/2009 07-854

Nelson v. US

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Sentencing
The Court re-emphasizes that its cases do not allow a sentencing court (as opposed to an appellate court) to presume that a sentence within the...
01/26/2009 08-5657

Crawford v. Metro. Gov't of Nashville

United States Supreme Court
Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
The protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids retaliation by employers against employees who report workplace race or...
01/26/2009 06-1595

US v. Eurodif S.A.

United States Supreme Court
Commercial Law, Contracts, International Trade, Tax Law
(Industry: Services)

In a case involving the propriety of the Commerce Department's treatment of certain transactions as sales of "foreign merchandise" subject to the...
01/26/2009 07-1059

Arizona v. Johnson

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence
In a case involving the authority of police officers to "stop and frisk" a passenger in a motor vehicle after a traffic stop, the Court rules that: 1)...
01/26/2009 07-1122

Locke v. Karass

United States Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Government Law, Labor & Employment Law
In a case involving circumstances where a local union charges nonmembers a service fee that (among other things) reflects an affiliation fee that the...
01/21/2009 07-610

Spears v. US

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Sentencing
In proceedings arising from the government's appeal of a sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and powder cocaine, a circuit court's...
01/21/2009 08-5721

Pearson v. Callahan

United States Supreme Court
Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence
In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action against state law enforcement officers who conducted a warrantless search of plaintiff's house incident to his...
01/21/2009 07-751

Waddington v. Sarausad

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Habeas Corpus
In a case arising from a fatal drive-by shooting of a group of students standing in front of a Seattle high school, grant of a petition for habeas...
01/21/2009 07-772