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6/26/17 - Trump. v. International Refugee Assistance Project

Unanimous Court - Opinion of the Court - Accordingly, the petitions for certiorari are granted, and the stay applications are granted in part.  J. Thomas, filed an opinion dissenting in part and concurring in part, in which J. Alito and J. Gorsuch, joined.

6/26/17 - Pavan v. Smith

Opinion of the Court - The petition for a writ of certiorari and the pending motions for leave to file briefs as amici curiae are granted. The judgment of the Arkansas Supreme Court is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.  J. Gorsuch, filed a dissenting opinion in which J. Thomas, and J. Alito, joined.

6/26/17 - Hernandez v. Mesa

Opinion of the Court - Whether petitioners may recover damages for that loss in this suit depends on questions that are best answered by the Court of Appeals in the first instance. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion.  J. Breyer, filed a dissenting opinion in which J. Ginsburg, joined.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in this case.

6/26/17 - Davila v. Davis

J. Thomas, delivered the opinion of the Court, For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals. The petitioner was convicted of capital murder and appealing based on ineffective appellate counsel, and the case law he was seeking to use applied to trials not appeals.  J. Breyer, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Ginsburg, J. Sotomayor, and J. Kagan, joined.

6/26/17 - California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc.

J. Kennedy, delivered the opinion of the Court, The 3-year time bar in §13 of the Securities Act is a statute of repose. Its purpose and design are to protect defendants against future liability. The statute displaces the traditional power of courts to modify statutory time limits in the name of equity. Because the American Pipe tolling rule is rooted in those equitable powers, it cannot extend the 3- year period. Petitioner’s untimely filing of its individual action is ground for dismissal. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is affirmed. J. Ginsburg, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Breyer, J. Sotomayor, and J. Kagan, joined.

6/26/17 - Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer

C.J. Roberts, delivered the opinion of the Court, except as to footnote 3.  ”But the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and cannot stand. The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”   J. Kennedy, J. Alito, and J. Kagan, joined that opinion in full, and J. Thomas and J. Gorsuch, joined except as to footnote 3.   J. Thomas, filed an opinion concurring in part, in which J. Gorsuch, joined.   J. Gorsuch, filed an opinion concurring in part, in which J. Thomas, joined.   J. Breyer, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.   J. Sotomayor, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Ginsburg, joined.

6/23/17 - Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Bd.

J. Ginsburg, delivered the opinion of the Court.  For the reasons stated, the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.   J. Gorsuch, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Thomas, joined.

6/23/17 - Murr v. Wisconsin

J. Kennedy, delivered the opinion of the Court. Treating the lot in question as a single parcel is legitimate for purposes of this takings inquiry, and this supports the conclusion that no regulatory taking occurred here. The judgment of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals is affirmed. C.J. Roberts, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Thomas and J. Alito, joined.  J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

6/23/17 - Jae Lee v. United States

C.J. Roberts, delivered the opinion of the Court.  Lee’s claim that he would not have accepted a plea had he known it would lead to deportation is backed by substantial and uncontroverted evidence. Accordingly we conclude Lee has demonstrated a “reasonable probability that, but for [his] counsel’s errors, he would not have pleaded guilty and would have insisted on going to trial.” Hill, 474 U. S., at 59. The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Alito, joined except as to Part I.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

6/22/17 - Maslenjak v. United States

J. Kagan, delivered the opinion of the Court. For the reasons stated, we vacate the judgment of the Court of Appeals and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Gorsuch, filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which J. Thomas, joined.  J. Alito, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.

6/22/17 - Turner v. United States

J. Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court. On the basis of our review of the record, we agree with the lower courts that there is not a “reasonable probability” that the withheld evidence would have changed the outcome of petitioners’ trial, id., at 434. The judgment of the D. C. Court of Appeals, accordingly, is affirmed. J. Kagan, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Ginsburg, joined.   J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the cases.

6/22/17 - Weaver v. Massachusetts

J. Kennedy, delivered the opinion of the Court. When a structural error is raised in the context of an ineffectiveassistance claim, however, finality concerns are far more pronounced. For this reason, and in light of the other circumstances present in this case, petitioner must show prejudice in order to obtain a new trial. As explained above, he has not made the required showing. The judgment of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is affirmed.  J. Thomas, filed a concurring opinion, in which J. Gorsuch, joined.   J. Alito, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which J. Gorsuch, joined. J. Breyer, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Kagan, joined.

6/19/17 - Jenkins v. Hutton

Unanimous Court (per curiam) - The petition for certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis are granted, the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

6/19/17 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., San Francisco Cty.

J. Alito, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the California Supreme Court is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion. J. Sotomayor, filed a dissenting opinion.

6/19/17 - Matal v. Tam

J. Alito, announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, and III–A, and in which J. Thomas joined except for Part II, and an opinion with respect to Parts III–B, III–C, and IV, in which C.J. Roberts, J. Thomas, and J. Breyer joined. J. Kennedy filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which J. Ginsburg, J. Sotomayor, and J. Kagan joined. J. Thomas, filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment.  For these reasons, we hold that the disparagement clause violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The judgment of the Federal Circuit is affirmed.  J. Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

6/19/17 - McWilliams v. Dunn

Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J. Alito, filed a dissenting opinion, in which C.J. Roberts, J. Thomas, and J. Gorsuch joined.

6/19/17 - Ziglar v. Abbasi

J.Kennedy, delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, III, IV–A, and V, in which C.J. Roberts, J. Thomas, and  J. Alito joined, and an opinion with respect to Part IV–B, in which C.J. Roberts, and J. Alito, joined.  J. Thomas, filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment.  The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed as to all of the claims except the prisoner abuse claim against Warden Hasty. The judgment of the Court of Appeals with respect to that claim is vacated, and that case is remanded for further proceedings.  J. Breyer,  filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Ginsburg, joined.   J. Sotomayor, J. Kagan, and J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the cases.

6/19/17 - Packingham v. North Carolina

Kennedy, delivered the opinion of the Court. It is well established that, as a general rule, the Government “may not suppress lawful speech as the means to suppress unlawful speech.” Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, 535 U. S., at 255. That is what North Carolina has done here. Its law must be held invalid.  The judgment of the North Carolina Supreme Court is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.  J. Alito, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which C.J. Roberts and J. Thomas, joined.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

6/12/17 - Virginia v. LeBlanc

Unanimous Court (per curiam) - For these reasons, the petition for certiorari and the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis are granted, and the judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed.

6/12/17 - Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc.

Gorsuch, delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.  The judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.

6/12/17 - Sessions v. Morales-Santana

Ginsburg, delivered the opinion of the Court. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is affirmed in part and reversed in part, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J. Thomas, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part, in which J. Alito, joined.   J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

6/12/17 - Microsoft Corp. v. Baker

Ginsburg, delivered the opinion of the Court. For the reasons stated, the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J.Thomas, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which C.J. Roberts and J.Alito, joined.   J.Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

6/12/17 - Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc.

Thomas, delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. For the foregoing reasons, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is vacated in part and reversed in part, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J. Breyer, filed a concurring opinion.

6/05/17 - North Carolina v. Covington

Unanimous Court (per curiam) - For these reasons, we vacate the District Court’s remedial order and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

6/05/17 - Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton

Kagan, delivered the opinion of the Court. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 provides (1) that a “church plan” means a “plan established and maintained . . . by a church” and (2) that a “plan established and maintained . . . by a church” is to “include[] a plan maintained by” a principal-purpose organization. Under the best reading of the statute, a plan maintained by a principal-purpose organization therefore qualifies as a “church plan,” regardless of who established it. We accordingly reverse the judgments of the Courts of Appeals. J. Sotomayor, filed a concurring opinion.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the cases.

6/05/17 - Kokesh v. SEC

Sotomayor, delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. Disgorgement, as it is applied in SEC enforcement proceedings, operates as a penalty under §2462. Accordingly, any claim for disgorgement in an SEC enforcement action must be commenced within five years of the date the claim accrued. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is reversed.

6/05/17 - Honeycutt v. United States

Sotomayor, delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other Members joined, except J. Gorsuch, who took no part in the consideration or decision of the case. Forfeiture pursuant to §853(a)(1) is limited to property the defendant himself actually acquired as the result of the crime. In this case, the Government has conceded that Terry Honeycutt had no ownership interest in his brother’s store and did not personally benefit from the Polar Pure sales. App. to Pet. for Cert. 60a. The District Court agreed. Id., at 40a. Because Honeycutt never obtained tainted property as a result of the crime, §853 does not require any forfeiture. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

6/05/17 - Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc.

Alito, delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

5/30/17 - County of Los Angeles v. Mendez

Alito, delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other Members joined, except J. Gorsuch, who took no part in the consideration or decision of the case. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

5/30/17 - BNSF R. Co. v. Tyrrell

Ginsburg, delivered the opinion of the Court. The judgment of the Montana Supreme Court is reversed, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion. J. Sotomayor, filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

5/30/17 - Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions

Thomas, delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other Members joined, except J. Gorsuch, who took no part in the consideration or decision of the case. We hold that in the context of statutory rape offenses focused solely on the age of the participants, the generic federal definition of “sexual abuse of a minor” under §1101(a)(43)(A) requires the age of the victim to be less than 16. The judgment of the Court of Appeals, accordingly, is reversed.

5/30/17 - Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc.

C.J. Roberts, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Ginsburg, filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

5/22/17 - Cooper v. Harris

J. Kagan, delivered the opinion of the Court.  We accordingly affirm the judgment of the District Court.  J. Thomas, filed a concurring opinion.  J. Alito, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which C.J. Roberts, and J. Kennedy, joined.   J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

5/22/17 - Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon

ALITO, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other Members joined.   For these reasons, we vacate the judgment of the Court of Appeals, and we remand the case for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.   J. Gorsuch. took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

5/22/17 - TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC

THOMAS, J., delivered the opinion of the Court in which all other Members joined.  As applied to domestic corporations, “reside[nce]” in §1400(b) refers only to the State of incorporation. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the Court of Appeals and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.   J. Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

5/15/17 - Kindred Nursing Centers, L. P. v. Clark

J. Kagan, delivered the opinion of the Court.  For these reasons we reverse in part and vacate in part the judgment of the Kentucky Supreme Court, and we remand the case for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.  J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion.   J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

5/15/17 - Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson

J. Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the Eleventh Circuit is reversed.  J. Sotomayor, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Ginsburg and J. Kagan, joined.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

5/15/17 - Howell v. Howell

J. Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the Supreme Court of Arizona is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.  J. Thomas, filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment.   J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

5/01/17 - Bank of America Corp. v. Miami

J. Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgments of the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit are vacated, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
J. Thomas, filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which J. Kennedy and J. Alito, joined.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the cases.

5/01/17 - Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Co.

J. Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other Members joined.  The judgment of the Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.   J. Gorsuch, who took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

4/25/17 - Lewis v. Clarke

J. Sotomayor, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the Supreme Court of Connecticut is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion. J. Thomas and J. Ginsburg, filed opinions concurring in the judgment.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

4/19/17 - Nelson v. Colorado

J. Ginsburg, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgments of the Colorado Supreme Court are reversed, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.  J. Alito, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.  J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the cases.

4/19/17 - Manrique v. United States

J. Thomas, delivered the opinion of the Court.   The judgment of the Court of Appeals, accordingly, is affirmed.  J. Ginsburg, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Sotomayor, joined.  J. Gorsuch, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case

4/18/17 - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger

J. Kagan, delivered the opinion for the Court, in which all other Members joined.  For these reasons, we reverse the judgment of the Court of Appeals and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.

4/18/17 - Coventry Health Care of Mo., Inc. v. Nevils

J. Ginsburg, delivered the opinion for the Court.  For the reasons stated, the judgment of the Supreme Court of Missouri is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.  J. Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.  J. Thomas, filed a concurring opinion.

4/03/17 - McLane Co. v. EEOC

J. Sotomayor, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the Court of Appeals is hereby vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Ginsburg, filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

4/03/17 - Dean v. United States

C.J. Roberts, delivered the opinion for a unanimous court.  The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

3/29/17 - Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman

C.J. Roberts, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J. Breyer, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. J. Sotomayor, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which J. Alito, joined.

3/28/17 - Moore v. Texas

J. Ginsburg, delivered the opinion of the Court.  For the reasons stated, the judgment of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.  C.J. Roberts, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Thomas and J. Alito, joined.

3/22/17 - Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp.

J. Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Alito, joined.

3/22/17 - Star Athletica, L. L. C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.

J. Thomas, delivered the opinion of the Court.  The judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed. J. Ginsburg, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. J. Breyer, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Kennedy, joined.

3/22/17 - Endrew F. v. Douglas County School Dist. RE–1

C.J. Roberts, delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.  The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

3/21/17 - Manuel v. Joliet

J. Kagan, delivered the opinion of the Court, we reverse the judgment of the Seventh Circuit and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion.  J. Alito, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Thomas, joined.

3/21/17 - SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC

J. Alito, delivered the opinion of the Court, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is vacated in part, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J. Breyer, filed a dissenting opinion.

3/21/17 - NLRB v. SW General, Inc

C.J. Roberts, delivered the opinion of the Court, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed. J. Thomas, filed a concurring opinion. J. Sotomayor, filed a dissenting opinion, in which J. Ginsburg, joined.

3/06/17 - Rippo v. Baker

Per Curiam, we grant the petition for writ of certiorari and the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, and we vacate the judgment below and remand the case for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.

3/06/17 - Beckles v. United States

J. Thomas, delivered the opinion of the Court, The judgment of the Court of Appeals, accordingly, is affirmed. J. Kennedy, filed a concurring opinion. J. Ginsburg and J. Sotomayor, filed opinions concurring in the judgment. J. Kagan, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

3/06/17 - Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado

J. Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, the judgment of the Supreme Court of Colorado is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion. J. Thomas, filed a dissenting opinion. J. Alito, filed a dissenting opinion, in which C.J. Roberts, and J. Thomas, joined

3/01/17 - Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Bd. of Elections

J. Kennedy delivered the opinion of the court, the judgment of the District Court is affirmed in part and vacated in part. The case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. J. Alito filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. J. Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part.

2/22/17 - Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools

J. Kagan delivered the opinion of the Court, vacating the judgment of the Court of Appeals and remanding the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Alito, filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which J. Thomas joined.

2/22/17 - Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.

J. Sotomayor delivered the opinion of the Court, The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

J. Alito  joined as to all but Part II–C.  J. Alito filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which J. Thomas joined.

C.J. Roberts took no part in the decision of the case.

2/22/17 - Buck v. Davis

C.J. Roberts delivered the majority opinion, The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Thomas dissents with J. Alito joining.

1/18/17 - Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp

J. Sotomayor delivered the opinion for a unanimous court

1/09/17 - White v. Pauly

( J. Roberts? )Petition for certiorari is granted; the judgment of the Court of Appeals is vacated; and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  J. Ginsburg adds concurring opinion.