US Supreme Court: April 2010 Archives

Scotusblog provides the relevant docs:

Title: Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association
Docket: 08-1448
Issues: (1) Whether the First Amendment permit any limits on offensive content in violent video games sold to minors; and (2) whether a state regulation for displaying offensive, harmful images to children is invalid if it fails to satisfy the exacting "strict scrutiny" standard of review.

Title: Ortiz v. Jordan
Docket09-737
Issue: May a party appeal an order denying summary judgment after a full trial on the merits if the party chose not to appeal the order before trial?

Title: Hogan v. Kaltag Tribal Council
Docket: 09-960
Issue: Whether the hundreds of Indian tribes throughout the State of Alaska have authority to initiate and adjudicate child custody proceedings involving a nonmember and then to compel the State to give full faith and credit to the decrees entered in those proceedings.

Via Scotusblog:

In United States v. Stevens, the Court affirmed the lower court decision in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts.  The vote was 8-1, with Justice Alito dissenting.  The Court strikes down as substantially overbroad the federal law making it a crime to depict animal cruelty in commercial expression.

In Jerman v. Carlisle, the Court  reverses and remands the lower court decision, with Justice Sotomayor writing for the majority.   On a 7-2 vote, the Court holds that in defending against a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, one may not use the defense that it was simply an error or mistake.  The opinion is here.

In Perdue v. Kenny A., the Court reverses and remands the lower court.   Justice Alito writes for the Court. Justice Breyer dissents in part, joined by Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor.  The Court rules that the calculation of an attorney's fee may be increased if the lawyer has provided a superior performance but only in "extraordinary circumstances."  The opinion is here.

In Conkright v. Frommert, the Court reverses and remands the lower court, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts.  The vote is 5-3, with Justice Sotomayor taking no part.  Justice Breyer dissents, joined by Justices Stevens and Ginsburg.   The Court rules that the federal district court should have deferred to the ERISA plan administrator's interpretation of the plan's terms.  The opinion is here.

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