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SCOTUS Will Decide Future of Indian Child Welfare Act

Haaland v. Brackeen consolidates four cases challenging multiple provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) as unconstitutional. Challengers include Texas, Indiana and Louisiana and individuals who would like to adopt Native American children.

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Supreme Court Hears Argument on Corruption Case

At issue in this case is whether a private citizen who holds no elected office or government employment but has informal political or other influence over governmental decision making, owes a fiduciary duty to the general public and can be convicted of violating federal public corruption laws.

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Supreme Court Tackles Dormant Commerce Clause in the Form of Pork

In March, the Supreme Court decided to hear a case pitting the state of California against pork producers around the country.

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SCOTUS Will Hear Case Involving Federalism and Bankruptcy

On the first day of the new Supreme Court term, the court accepted a case that will determine whether state or federal choice-of-law rules apply in bankruptcy cases.

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 Supreme Court to Decide Alabama Redistricting Case

In Merrill v. Milligan the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Alabama’s 2021 congressional redistricting plan, which contains one majority-Black district, violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

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Supreme Court To Decide Scope of Federal Wire Fraud Law

In Ciminelli v. United States the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the “right-to-control” theory of fraud — which treats the deprivation of complete and accurate information bearing on a person’s economic decision as a type of property fraud — is a valid basis for liability under the federal wire fraud statute.

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U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Scope of Federal Honest-Services Law

The issue the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in Percoco v. United Statesis whether a private citizen who has informal political or other influence over governmental decisionmaking, owes a fiduciary duty to the general public and can be convicted of honest-services fraud.

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Supreme Court To Decide False Claims Dismissal of Litigation Case

In United States, ex rel. Polansky v. Executive Health Resource the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal government has authority to dismiss a False Claims Act lawsuit after initially declining to proceed with the action, and if so, what standard applies.

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SCOTUS To Resolve Interstate Compact Dispute Between New York and New Jersey

In New York v. New Jersey the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether New Jersey may unilaterally withdraw from the Waterfront Commission Compact.

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SCOTUS to Consider Independent State Legislature Theory

In this case, North Carolina’s current legislative leaders argue that the “Times, Places and Manner” clause “forbids state courts from reviewing a congressional districting plan [that] violates the state’s own constitution,” an argument known as the “independent state legislature” theory.

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