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SCOTUS Cert update

Timothy Courtney December 15, 2016
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The Supreme Court granted cert in four new cases yesterday.

(1 & 2) Turner v. United States and Overton v. United States (consolidated): Whether the petitioners’ convictions must be set aside under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U. S. 83 (1963)

(3) Lee v. United States:  Whether it is always irrational for a noncitizen defendant with longtime legal resident status and extended familial and business ties to the United States to reject a plea offer notwithstanding strong evidence of guilt when the plea would result in mandatory and permanent deportation.

(4) TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Brands Group: Whether the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), which provides that patent infringement actions “may be brought in the judicial district where the defendant resides[,]” is the sole and exclusive provision governing venue in patent infringement actions and is not to be supplemented by the statute governing “[v]enue generally,” 28 U.S.C. § 1391, which has long contained a subsection (c) that, where applicable, deems a corporate entity to reside in multiple judicial districts.