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Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments about (1) prohibitions on considering race in public university admissions; (2) the jurisdiction of federal courts over certain foreign corporations; and (3) the statue of limitations for judicial review on denied disability benefits claims:

(1) Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-682]

  • Does a state violate the Equal Protection Clause or political-restructuring doctrine by amending the state constitution to prohibit public universities and schools from using race in their admissions processes?

(2) DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/11-965]

  • Does a federal court have jurisdiction over a foreign corporation not incorporated in the forum state solely because the corporation’s indirect corporate subsidiary performs services for the corporation in the forum state?

(3) Heimshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co.  [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-729]

  • Does the statute of limitations for judicial review of an adverse determination on a disability benefits claim begin to accrue at the time specified by an insurance policy or when the claimant files an ERISA disability claim?
Oct 092013

Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments about (1) tax law and the jurisdiction of federal district courts; and (2) the intersection of contracts and the rules governing proper venue for resolving disputes:

(1)  US v. Woods  [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-562]

  • Does a district court have jurisdiction to determine whether an overstatement penalty should be applied in a partnership-level proceeding?
  • Does the overstatement penalty apply to an underpayment in federal income tax where the transaction lacks economic substance because the sole purpose of the transaction was to inflate the taxpayer’s basis in property?

(2)  Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. US Dist. Court for the Western Dist. of TX  [see our preview at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-929]

  • Can forum-selection clauses render statutorily proper venue improper?
  • How much weight should courts give forum-selection clauses under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a)?
Oct 082013

Today at SCOTUS:

(1)  How should a court adjudicate a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel when the defendant accepted a plea deal?

- See our preview of Burt v. Titlow at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-414

(2)  Do aggregate limits on individual political campaign contributions violate the First Amendment?

- See our preview McCutcheon v. FEC at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/oral_arg_previews.php

Oct 072013

Today at SCOTUS:

(1) When is a misrepresentation “material” enough to satisfy the “in connection with” requirement for SLUSA’s preclusion?

- See our preview of  Chabourne & Parke LLP v. TroiceWillis of Colo Inc. v. Troice; Proskauer Rose LLP v. Troice at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-79 

(2) Age discrimination and the Equal Protection Clause.

- See our preview of Madigan v. Levin a http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/12-872

 

Sep 162013


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The LII is hiring a new systems administrator.  We’re looking for a combination of old-school configuration-management, maintenance and troubleshooting skills alongside creativity and newfangled notions about building a sophisticated infrastructure to support Semantic Web publishing and Linked Data.  The environment is fast-paced, demanding, infested with smart people, and very much about learning to fly planes while flying planes.  It’s also whatever the opposite of “impersonal” is, and usually fun.

Come join us in Ithaca.  The formal job description and application are here.

Aug 012013

Today, we will be (re)joined by Craig NewtonCraig Newton ‘07, who will be the LII’s new Associate Director for Content Development.   While a student at the Law School, Craig was the Editor-in-Chief of the LII Supreme Court Bulletin.  He has spent the last several years working as an IP litigator for Cooley LLP in San Diego.  An Annapolis graduate, Craig had a first career as a naval officer before attending law school.  He will coordinate and supervise all editorial activities at the LII,  working with us on a series of projects to improve and expand our offerings, including the WEX legal encyclopedia/dictionary,  the constellation of materials surrounding the US Constitution, and our ever-more capable editions of the US Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.  He and  Associate Director for Technology Sara Frug will be working together at the intersection of legal content and engineering to improve search and navigation features, as well as on a number of experiments intended to make our content more discoverable and more usable.

With the addition of Craig — and of consulting designer Manolo Bevia – the LII crew now numbers 9 1/4, delivering services to over 20 million unique visitors each year.

 

supremeleft1.jpgThis week the Supreme court hears 6 cases, some of which involve criminal law and the Hobbs Act. Also being heard are cases of civil rights, employment discrimination, and harassment. The First Amendment and prostitution and sex trafficking are on the agenda as well.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This week the Supreme Court hears 6 cases.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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This week the Supreme  Court hears 4 cases with topics including the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, Patent Infringement, the Federal Arbitration Act, Same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

 

supremeleft1.jpgThe Supreme Court hears 6 cases next week. Topics include bankruptcy, just compensation, the Food and Drug law, the Vaccine Act, and voter registration.

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013