Prior Weekly Briefings

Below is a list of prior weekly briefings, complete with a short synopsis of what took place during each week. This list will be updated when I publish a new weekly briefing each week and when the Court is in session.


Summer 2019 Recess
  • July 26:
    • Stay pending appeal of a district court’s permanent injunction against the Trump administration in Sierra Club v. Trump. Case concerns the administration’s push to use federal funds, which were transferred to the Department of Defense, for construction of the border wall.
October Term 2018
  • Week of June 24:
    • Opinions in:
      • Rucho v. Common Cause (partisan gerrymandering) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Department of Commerce v. New York (citizenship question on the 2020 Census) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Kisor v. Wilkie (administrative law, Auer Deference).
      • Mitchell v. Wisconsin (Fourth Amendment).
      • Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Ass’n. v. Thomas (Twenty-First Amendment).
      • Iancu v. Brunetti (First Amendment Free Speech Clause, 1946 Lanham Act).
      • United States v. Haymond (Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury, sentencing under 18 U.S.C. § 3583(k)).
      • United States v. Davis (sentencing under the 1986 Gun Control Act).
      • Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media (“confidential” information under the Freedom of Information Act).
      • Dutra Group v. Batterton (tort claims under admiralty law).
    • 21 cert. grants (of note: Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of CaliforniaEspinoza v. Montana Dep’t. of Revenue).
    • Two opinions relating to Orders (J. Thomas, Harris v. West Alabama Women’s Center; J. Sotomayor, McGee v. McFadden).
    • Three CVSG’s (Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico v. FelicianoArizona v. California; Avco Corp. v. Sikkelee).
    • Re-added Carpenter v. Murphy to O.T. 2019.
  • Week of June 17:
    • Opinions in:
      • American Legion v. American Humanist Ass’n. (First Amendment Establishment Clause) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Gamble v. United States (Fifth Amendment Double Jeopardy Clause, separate sovereigns doctrine) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Flowers v. Mississippi (Curtis Flowers’ Batson claim).
      • Gundy v. United States (administrative law, nondelegation doctrine).
      • Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania (Fifth Amendment Takings Clause).
      • Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck (First Amendment Free Speech Clause, public-access TV channels).
      • Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren (preemption, 1954 Atomic Energy Act).
      • Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill (standing issues under racial gerrymandering claims).
      • Rehaif v. United States (criminal procedure).
      • McDonough v. Smith (statute-of-limitations, claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983).
      • PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic, Inc. (statutory interpretation, 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 1946 “Hobbs” Act).
      • North Carolina Dep’t. of Revenue v. Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust (trust law).
    • One cert. grant (Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC).
    • GVR in Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries (First Amendment Free Exercise Clause).
  • Week of June 10:
    • Opinions in:
      • Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service (civil procedure, patent law).
      • Quarles v. United States (statutory interpretation, Armed Career Criminal Act).
      • Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. v. Newton (statutory interpretation, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act).
    • Five cert. grants.
    • One opinion relating to an order (J. Breyer, Al-Alwi v. Trump).
  • Week of June 3:
    • Opinions in:
      • Azar v. Allina Health Services (Medicare policy changes under the APA).
      • Taggart v. Lorenzen (bankruptcy procedure).
      • Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis (civil procedure, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act).
      • Mont v. United States (criminal procedure).
    • Three cert. grants (of note: Allen v. Cooper).
    • One CVSG (Texas v. New Mexico).
  • Week of May 27:
    • Opinions in:
      • Smith v. Berryhill (civil procedure; Social Security Act).
      • Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Jackson (civil procedure).
      • Nieves v. Bartlett (First Amendment; retaliatory arrests).
    • Per Curiam opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana & KentuckyInc. (involving an Indiana abortion law).
    • One cert. grant (Hernandez v. Mesa).
  • Week of May 20:
    • Opinions in:
      • Mission Product Holdings, LLC v. Tempnology, LLC (statutory interpretation, bankruptcy law).
      • Herrera v. Wyoming (1868 Treaty Between the United States of America and the Crow Indian Tribe).
      • Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp. v. Albrecht (preemption of a state-law failure-to-warn claim).
    • One cert. grant (Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC).
    • Two opinions relating to orders.
  • Week of May 13:
    • Opinions in:
      • Apple, Inc. v. Pepper (antitrust law).
      • Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt (Eleventh Amendment, state sovereign immunity) (see my in-depth review of the case here).
      • Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt (statute-of-limitations, False Claims Act).
    • Six opinions relating to orders.
  • Week of May 6:
    • Dead week; no opinions or orders.
  • Week of April 29:
    • Opinion in Tennessee Valley Authority v. Thacker (civil procedure, 1946 Federal Tort Claims Act).
    • One CVSG (Google, LLC v. Oracle America, Inc).
  • Week of April 22:
    • Opinion in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela (arbitration agreements).
    • Oral argument in six cases (of note: Dep’t. of Commerce v. New YorkMitchell v. Wisconsin).
    • Five cert. grants (of note: Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC).
    • DIG’ed Emulex, Corp. v. Varjabedian (statutory interpretation, 1934 Securities Exchange Act).