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Nieves v. Bartlett

United States Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure
Held that probable cause to make an arrest defeats a claim that the arrest was in retaliation for protected speech. A man arrested at a winter sports...
05/28/2019 17–1174

Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Jackson

United States Supreme Court
Class Actions, Civil Procedure, Debt Collection
On a question of civil procedure, held that a third-party counterclaim defendant -- that is, a party brought into a lawsuit through a counterclaim...
05/28/2019 17–1471

Smith v. Berryhill

United States Supreme Court
Administrative Law, Government Benefits
On a question of administrative law, held that where the Social Security Administration Appeals Council has dismissed a request for review as untimely...
05/28/2019 17–1606

Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc.

United States Supreme Court
Health Law, Constitutional Law
Upheld an Indiana law relating to the disposition of fetal remains by abortion providers. The Seventh Circuit had struck down the law, which altered...
05/28/2019 18–483

Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht

United States Supreme Court
Product Liability, Drugs & Biotech
Clarified when federal law will preempt a state law claim that a drug manufacturer failed to warn consumers of a drug's risks. Held that this...
05/20/2019 17–290

Herrera v. Wyoming

United States Supreme Court
Environmental Law, Indian Law
Held that members of the Crow Tribe retain a broad right under an 1868 Treaty to hunt on land that is now part of the Bighorn National Forest in...
05/20/2019 17–532

Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC

United States Supreme Court
Trademark, Bankruptcy Law, Intellectual Property
Held that a bankrupt company's rejection of a trademark licensing agreement did not deprive its licensee of the rights to use the trademark. The U.S....
05/20/2019 17–1657

Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt

United States Supreme Court
Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law
Held that a private citizen cannot sue one State in the courts of another. Overruled Nevada v. Hall, 440 U.S. 410 (1979), which had held that a State...
05/13/2019 17–1299

Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. US ex rel. Hunt

United States Supreme Court
Civil Procedure, Government Contracts
Clarified the statute of limitations in qui tam lawsuits. Justice Thomas delivered the Court's unanimous opinion in this case involving the False...
05/13/2019 18–315

Apple, Inc. v. Pepper

United States Supreme Court
Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection Law
Held that consumers could proceed with an antitrust lawsuit alleging that Apple Inc. used monopolistic power to overcharge for iPhone apps. Apple...
05/13/2019 17–204