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SCOTUS Upholds Lower Court Ruling on California Rule Regarding Church Attendance

Last Friday night, close to midnight, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rejected a request from a number of California churches to strike down the portion of California governor’s stay-at-home order limiting attendance at places of worship to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees.

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SCOTUS Overturns 'Bridgegate' Fraud Convictions

In Kelly v. United States the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the federal fraud convictions of the Bridgegate masterminds because they didn’t seek to obtain money or property.

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With no details or dissents, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for an emergency stay of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision upholding Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order “compelling the closure of the physical operations of all businesses and entities that he deemed to be nonlife-sustaining.” 

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​​​​​​​ How Is Live SCOTUS Oral Argument Different?

Beginning this week for the first time ever the Supreme Court is holding oral argument over the phone and allowing the public to listen in live. Today’s argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania illustrates the myriad ways live, phone argument is different from the traditional in-person version.  

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COVID-19 Closure Case Arrives at SCOTUS

A number of Pennsylvania business owners have requested the U.S. Supreme Court stay enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order “compelling the closure of the physical operations of all businesses and entities that he deemed to be nonlife-sustaining.”

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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Health Insurers in Affordable Care Act Case

In Maine Community Health Options v. United States, the Supreme Court held 8-1 that health insurance plans can sue the federal government to recover unpaid Risk Corridors payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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SCOTUS Rules State Legislatures Can’t Copyright Statutory Annotations

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org the Supreme Court held 5-4 that non-binding, explanatory legal materials created by state legislatures cannot be copyrighted.

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SCOTUS: Gun Case Is Moot

In a two-page per curiam (unauthored) opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, the Supreme Court held that a challenge to New York City’s rule disallowing residents to transport firearms to a second home or shooting range outside of the city is moot.

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SCOTUS Takes Middle of the Road Position in Groundwater Clean Water Act Case

In County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund the Supreme Court held 6-3 that when there is a “functional equivalent of a direct discharge” from a point source to navigable waters an appropriate permit is required under the Clean Water Act. 

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SCOTUS and COVID-19

The U.S> Supreme Court is known for its ceaselessness. Government shutdowns, snowstorms, anthrax and vacancies haven’t slowed down the high court. But it has not been spared by this global pandemic.

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