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  • Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela

    on April 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

    (United States Supreme Court) – Held that parties do not consent to classwide arbitration if the agreement is ambiguous on that point. An employer sought to block an employee from proceeding with a proposed class action lawsuit and instead force his claims into individual arbitration. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed that the employer had the right to do this, because the arbitration agreement was ambiguous about the availability of classwide arbitration. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the 5-4 Court. […]

  • Biestek v. Berryhill

    on April 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

    (United States Supreme Court) – In a Social Security disability benefits case, addressed the effect of a vocational expert’s refusal to share privately collected data. The applicant’s counsel wanted to see data about the labor market that the expert had relied upon in estimating the number of jobs available in the economy for someone with the applicant’s characteristics. However, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that, despite the expert’s refusal to turn over this private data, her testimony could still be considered “substantial evidence” in federal court. Justice Kagan delivered the opinion of the 6-3 Court. […]

  • Bucklew v. Precythe

    on April 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

    (United States Supreme Court) – Held that a death row inmate’s execution by lethal injection would not subject him to constitutionally impermissible suffering, even if his unusual health issues meant that he would experience particularly excruciating pain. The inmate contended that his medical condition meant Missouri’s legal injection protocol was unconstitutional as applied to him. In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that he failed to satisfy the Baze-Glossip test. Justice Gorsuch delivered the majority opinion. […]

  • Lorenzo v. SEC

    on March 27, 2019 at 8:00 am

    (United States Supreme Court) – In a securities law case, held that someone who is directed by a boss to make a misstatement may potentially be liable for it. A senior-level investment banker who allegedly made knowingly false statements in emails to prospective investors claimed that his boss had told him what to say, so he could not be held responsible. Disagreeing, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that his conduct could fall within the scope of federal securities laws, upholding a ruling of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Justice Breyer delivered the opinion of a 6-2 Court (Justice Kavanaugh not participating). […]

  • Sturgeon v. Frost

    on March 26, 2019 at 8:00 am

    (United States Supreme Court) – Held that the National Park Service lacked authority to regulate boating on Alaska’s Nation River. A moose hunter contended that the Park Service could not ban him from using a hovercraft on a portion of the river that crossed a national preserve. Ruling in his favor, the U.S. Supreme Court explained that while the Park Service normally may establish rules for boating on waters within national parks, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act creates an Alaska-specific exception. Justice Kagan delivered the unanimous opinion. […]


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