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SCOTUS to Decide Hospital Stay Medicare Reimbursement Case

The issue in Becerra v. Empire Health Foundation is whether the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can, for calculating the disproportionate share hospital payment, include in the Medicare fraction all of a hospital’s patient days of individuals who qualify for Medicare Part A benefits, regardless of whether Medicare actually paid the hospital for those particular days.

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SCOTUS to Rule on Emotional Distress Damages Case

n Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller the Supreme Court will decide whether people who are discriminated against in violation of five federal statutes may sue for emotional distress damages. 

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Supreme Court Strikes Down State Charity Donor Disclosure Requirement

In Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that California violated the First Amendment by requiring charitable organizations to disclose their major donors to the state attorney general.

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SCOTUS Upholds Arizona’s Voting Requirements

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that Arizona’s requirement that ballots cast in the wrong precinct and ballots collected by anyone other than a limited group of people not be counted didn’t violate §2 of the Voting Rights Act. 

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Supreme Court Rules Against States’ Rights in Pipeline Case

In PennEast Pipeline v. New Jersey the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that the federal government may constitutionally grant pipeline companies the authority to condemn necessary rights-of-way in which a state has an interest. Pipeline companies likewise may sue states to obtain the rights-of-way.

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Supreme Court to Decide First Amendment Billboard Case

The city of Austin, Texas, allows on-premises billboards to be digitized but not off-premises billboards. In City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc. two outdoor advertising companies claim that this distinction is “content-based” under the First Amendment.

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SCOTUS Adopts Case-by-Case Approach to Warrantless Pursuit of Fleeing Misdemeanants Into Home

In Lange v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court held that pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does not always justify entry into a home without a warrant.

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Cheerleader Wins SCOTUS Off-Campus Free Speech Case

In Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., the U.S. Supreme Court held 8-1 that a public school could not discipline a student who transmitted to her Snapchat friends, outside of school hours and away from the school’s campus, vulgar language and gestures criticizing the school and the school’s cheerleading team. 

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Results of Supreme Court Takings Case Mixed for States and Local Governments

In Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the Supreme Court held 6-3 that a California regulation allowing union organizers access to agriculture employers’ property to solicit support for unionization up to three hours a day, 120 days a year is a per se physical taking under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. 

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Supreme Court Upholds Free Exercise Clause and Rules Against City

The U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously in Fulton v. Philadelphia that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it refused to contract with Catholic Social Service to certify foster care families because CSS refuses to work with same-sex couples.

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