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SCOTUS Hands State Courts a Victory

A small victory—perhaps. A hard to explain victory—certainly. 

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SCOTUS: Private Debt Collectors Can Use State Letterhead Collection Practice

Sheriff v. Gillie is the kind of case U.S. Supreme Court justices must dream about deciding, especially when the court is short a justice: straightforward, noncontroversial, and easy to agree on.

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SCOTUS Ships Standing Case Back to Lower Court

Spokeo v. Robins is both esoteric and important. Like a lot of U.S. Supreme Court opinions these days, it seems like a compromise that will just increase confusion. In short, the scope of liability for state and local governments under a number of federal statutes remains uncertain.

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Supreme Court (Sort of)  Decides Birth Control Mandate Case

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Zubik v. Burwell reads like a settlement agreement.

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Internet Sales Tax Case Headed to Supreme Court?

Last March, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion stating that the “legal system should find an appropriate case for this court to re-examine Quill.”

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Mistaken Beliefs May Mean Constitutional Claims

Bad facts make bad law.

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How Broad Is Bribery?

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has put forward his best case that a lower court has adopted an overly broad definition of “official acts” in federal bribery statutes. Will the U.S. Supreme Court agree?

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Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Arizona Redistricting Plan

In Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court confirms that state and local governments don’t have to apportion legislative districts perfectly, but they do need a good reason for failing to doing so.

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SCOTUS: Particular Power Plant Planning is Pre-empted

Some states will need to rethink how to encourage the building of electricity generating power plants—a nearly $1 billion endeavor—following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing.

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SCOTUS Victory for States Sued Out-of-State

If your state gets sued out-of-state it might not be as bad as you think, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt.

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