Supreme Court Briefing

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Dec 19, 2016
Statutory interpretation of the United States bank fraud statute.  Can a person commit bank fraud if they steal a customer’s account by giving the customer’s identification information to the bank and arranging a transfer of the customer’s funds to a financial account controlled by the defendant?
Dec 12, 2016
Calculation of total profits for design patent infringement.  
Dec 5, 2016
Constitutionality of a nativity scene and menorah in separate displays in Pittsburgh, PA.
Nov 28, 2016
Constitutionality of a government sponsored Christmas display featuring a nativity scene.
Nov 18, 2016
Standard and burden of proof for enhanced damages under the Patent Act.
Nov 7, 2016
Use of convictions from tribal courts as predicate offenses for habitual domestic violence offender.
Nov 2, 2016
Consideration of a statute of limitations for federal civil service employees claiming to be victims of discrimination or retaliation for bringing a claim of discrimination.
Oct 24, 2016
Per Curiam opinion discussing limitations on admissibility of victim impact evidence in capital sentencing hearings.
Oct 11, 2016
Standard for assessing implied false claim under the false claims act.
Oct 4, 2016
Administrative law.  Whether interpretative regulations issued by federal agencies are entitled to deference if the agency does not state sufficient grounds to justify the interpretation.  
Sep 29, 2016
Standard for awarding attorneys fees to the prevailing party in copyright litigation in federal court.
Sep 20, 2016
Application of sentencing provision in the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) to defendant convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction under Iowa’s burglary statute.  
Sep 14, 2016
Constitutionality of the admissions process of the University of Texas, which considers the racial background of an applicant as a factor in admissions.
Sep 7, 2016
Judicial review of inter partes review of the validity of a patent.
Aug 31, 2016
Constitutionality of two Texas statutes regulating and restricting abortion clinics.  Opinion by Justice Breyer, 5-3 opinion.
Aug 23, 2016
Meaning of the term “official act” for purposes of a Hobbs Act prosecution, and whether things such having meetings, setting up phone calls, and hosting events qualifies.
Aug 16, 2016
Applicability of the federal sex offender act (SORNA) to offenders who move from a U.S. jurisdiction to a foreign jurisdiction.  
Jul 20, 2016
Application of federal firearms act to individuals convicted of state law misdemeanor domestic violence offenses that contain a culpable mental state of “recklessly.”
Jul 11, 2016
Application of the RICO law to activities occurring outside of the United States, and determining whether civil plaintiffs can sue for RICO injuries occurring outside the United States.
Jun 28, 2016
Application of the exclusionary rule for a violation of the 4th Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures when the police detain someone based on less than reasonable suspicion, and later find a valid arrest warrant.
Jun 21, 2016
Does the Federal Bankruptcy Code pre-empt Puerto Rico’s own version of a municipal bankruptcy code?
Jun 14, 2016
Does the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico count as a “separate sovereign” for purposes of multiple prosecutions under the Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States Constitution?  
Jun 7, 2016
Finality of a jurisdictional determination regarding whether property is a wetland under the Clean Water Act.
May 31, 2016
Kind of, sort of, about hovercraft regulations on a portion of the Nation River in Alaska.
May 23, 2016
Question:  Does the town Pender, Nebraska fall within the boundaries of the Omaha Indian Reservation?
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