(1) Cooper v. Harris: By a vote of 5-3 the judgment of the three-judge panel in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina is affirmed. Per Justice Kagan's opinion for the Court: "The Constitution entrusts States with the job of designing congressional districts. But it also imposes an important constraint: A State may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason. In this case, a three-judge District Court ruled that North Carolina officials violated that bar when they created two districts whose voting-age populations were majority black. Applying a deferential standard of review to the factual findings underlying that decision, we affirm." [Read More]
The Supreme Court issued a new Order List this morning; in addition to several GVRs there were two new grants of cert. Opinions may issue on Tues and Wed of this week.
(1) U.S. Bank v. Village at Lakeridge: (grant limited to Question #2): Whether the appropriate standard of review for determining non-statutory insider status is the de novo standard of review applied by the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 7th and 10th Circuits, or the clearly erroneous standard of review adopted for the first time by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in this action.
(2) Leidos, Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement Sys.: Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit erred in holding – in direct conflict with the decisions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd and 9th Circuits – that Item 303 of Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S-K creates a duty to disclose that is actionable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rule 10b-5.
CVSG: Snyder v. Doe (Whether retroactively applying a sex-offender-registry law that classifies offenders into tiers based on crime of conviction, requires certain offenders to register for life, requires offenders to report in person periodically and within days of certain changes to registry information, and restricts offenders' activities within school zones imposes “punishment” in violation of the ex post facto clause.)
Other Orders of Note:
Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates: Motion of Acting SG for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted. The motion of Nancy Sherman, Executrix for reconsideration of motion to be added as a respondent and for leave to participate in oral argument is denied.
Wilson v. Sellers: In light of the letter filed by respondent on March 15, 2017, the order inviting Adam K. Mortara, Esquire, of Chicago, Illinois, to brief and argue, as amicus curiae, in support of the judgment below is withdrawn.
(1) The Court issued a per curiam opinion in White v. Pauly (pp. 33-40 of the Order list): By a vote of 8-0, the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is vacated and the case remanded. [Read More]
(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.