BREAKING: After 4 months of inaction, SCOTUS in a one-sentence unsigned order declines Trump's request to further postpone enforcement of a Manhattan DA subpoena for his financial records. The order clears the way for a NY grand jury to obtain the records & review them in secret.
Here is the orders list:…
SCOTUS declines to take up a pair of leftover cases from the 2020 election. They involved the authority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to extend the state's mail-in ballot deadline. Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch say the court should have granted review.
Here's the story from @AHoweBlogger on today's long-awaited order in the Trump v. Vance case involving the Manhattan DA's investigation into Trump's financial records.…

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11 Dec 20
BREAKING: The Supreme Court has denied Texas' last-ditch effort to overturn the election results in four battleground states that voted for Joe Biden.…
In a very brief order, the court says Texas lacks Article III standing to sue other states over how they conduct their own elections. In layperson's words: a state has no valid interest, under the Constitution, in attempting to police other states' voting procedures.
The separate statement from Alito/Thomas is based on their view (not shared by a majority of the court) that SCOTUS is obligated to take up any case that invokes the court's "original jurisdiction." It's a technical issue and says nothing about the underlying merits of the case.
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10 Dec 20
We will get multiple opinions today. 1st is Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Mgmt Assoc. SCOTUS reversed the 8th Cir. to hold that an Arkansas’ statute regulating pharmacy benefit managers’ drug-reimbursement rates is not pre-empted by ERISA.

It's 8-0.…
Next the court holds that prosecutions for rape against military service members were timely under the Uniform Code of Military Justice in United States v. Briggs. Justice Alito writes for the full court, 8-0.

Still expecting at least one more opinion.…
Justice Breyer for the 8-0 court in Carney v. Adams declining to decide the merits of a 1st Amendment challenge to Delaware's judicial selection process and finding that the challenge lacked legal standing.

At least one more opinion coming.…
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8 Dec 20
At 10 a.m. EST, SCOTUS will examine Facebook’s calling and texting capabilities in the context of a 1991 consumer protection law that bans robocalls. It’s a classic case of whether technology can outrun the language of the law.

Overview by @AmandaShanor.…
At 11 a.m. EST, the court will hear a case for the second time on a slightly different issue about the scope of the Federal Arbitration Act in a dispute between two dental companies.

A bit of deja vu in the case preview from Ronald Mann.…
Listen live to both cases on C-SPAN beginning at 10 a.m. linked below.

Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid:…

Henry Schein , Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc.:…
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24 Nov 20
On Monday Nov. 30, SCOTUS will hear oral argument in Trump v. New York—a challenge to the Trump administration's plan to exclude people who are in the country illegally from the state-by-state breakdown used to allocate House seats.

We're featuring a symposium on the case.
First, here is @AHoweBlogger's case preview with everything you need to know about the case.

By the way, this is the second term in a row that the Supreme Court will hear argument in a major case involving Trump and the census.…
You can access the symposium on Trump v. New York here:…
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10 Nov 20
Oral argument in California v. Texas -- the constitutional challenge to the ACA -- is about to begin. It's set for 80 minutes of argument time (but likely will go longer). You can listen live on C-SPAN:….

Follow this thread for live updates.
Arguing first is Michael Mongan, the solicitor general of California (which, along with other blue states, is defending the ACA). He says that, even if the court holds the mandate unconstitutional, Congress' intent is that the rest of the law should remain intact.
Chief Justice Roberts is the first to ask questions. He starts with the issue of standing (i.e., whether the challengers have the legal right to bring this suit). If the court finds no standing, it would avoid having to reach merits of the challenge.
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9 Nov 20
Tomorrow, SCOTUS will hear oral argument in California v. Texas—the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. There are three questions at issue. We've put together a symposium addressing each one.

You can access it here:…
Before deciding the legal merits of the challenge to the health law, SCOTUS must determine if it can even reach those questions. Do the challengers have standing to sue?

Katie Keith says no:…

@JoshMBlackman & @ishapiro say yes:…
Next question: Is the ACA's "individual mandate" (which states that most Americans must have insurance) constitutional? In 2012, SCOTUS upheld the mandate under Congress' taxing power, but Congress reduced the tax penalty to $0 in 2017. That change gave rise to the current case.
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