United States Supreme Court - March 2009 Opinion Summaries

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Rivera v. Illinois

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure
Provided that all jurors seated in a criminal case are qualified and unbiased, the Due Process Clause does not require automatic reversal of a...
03/31/2009 07-9995

Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs

United States Supreme Court
Government Law, Indian Law, Property Law & Real Estate
In an action to enjoin the sale of land owned by the State of Hawaii until final determination of native Hawaiians' claims, the grant of the...
03/31/2009 07-1372

Puckett v. US

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Sentencing
The plain-error test of Fed. R. Crim. P. 52(b), which instructs parties how to preserve claims of error, applies to a forfeited claim that the...
03/25/2009 07-9712

Knowles v. Mirzayance

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus
The District Court's grant of Petitioner's habeas petition is reversed, where, whether the state court's denial of his ineffective assistance claim is...
03/24/2009 07-1315

Kansas v. Colorado

United States Supreme Court
Civil Procedure, Remedies
In an objection to an expert witness attendance fee award, the objection is overruled, where expert witness attendance fees that are available in...
03/09/2009 105

Vermont v. Brillon

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Ethics & Professional Responsibility
The Vermont Supreme Court's reversal of Defendant's domestic violence conviction is reversed, where the Vermont Supreme Court held that delays...
03/09/2009 08-88

Bartlett v. Strickland

United States Supreme Court
Elections, Government Law
In an appeal from a state court order requiring a voting district to be redrawn under the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the judgment is affirmed. The...
03/09/2009 07-689

Vaden v. Discover Bank

United States Supreme Court
Banking Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
The District Court's order compelling arbitration is reversed, where a federal court may "look through" a 9 U.S.C. section 4 petition to determine...
03/09/2009 07-773

Wyeth v. Levine

United States Supreme Court
Consumer Protection Law, Drugs & Biotech, Health Law, Injury & Tort Law, Product Liability
(Industry: Consumer Products)

In a tort action based on an injury due to the medical use of Defendant's drug Phenergan, judgment for Plaintiff is affirmed where Federal law does...
03/04/2009 06-1249

Summers v. Earth Island Inst.

United States Supreme Court
Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Property Law & Real Estate
In an action challenging Forest Service regulations exempting certain land management activities from the agency's review process, an injunction...
03/03/2009 07-463