Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments about (1) (2) the intersection of Congress’ treaty power and federal criminal law; and (3) federal questions in state administrative procedures:
(1) Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-1128]
- Does the burden of proving patent infringement in a declaratory judgment action fall upon the licensee or licensor?
(2) Bond v. United States [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-158]
- Do the Commerce and Necessary and Proper Clauses, read in connection with the treaty power, allow a statute that was enacted by Congress to enforce a treaty to serve as a valid basis for prosecuting a criminal defendant in Federal District Court?
(3) Sprint Communications Co. v. Jacobs [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-815]
- Should federal courts abstain from remedial actions—state administrative proceedings initiated by a private party—involving a federal question?