We mentioned Monday that the Supreme Court has finally set the dates for Affordable Care Act oral arguments. It's terribly exciting, and we can only hope that the ensuing coverage and branding opportunities will rival the royal wedding. (There has to be a vendor somewhere in D.C. willing to produce Supreme Court/individual mandate tea towels or novelty gavels, right?)
Shockingly, the individual mandate is not the only hot-button issue the Nine will hear in the Spring. Here's the schedule for the other cases before the Court in February and March.
Tuesday, February 21:
- Freeman v. Quicken Loans
- Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan
Wednesday, February 22:
- U.S. v. Alvarez
- Blueford v. Arkansas
Tuesday, February 28:
- Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.
- Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority
Wednesday, February 29:
- Magner v. Gallagher
- Armour v. City of Indianapolis
Monday, March 19:
- Astrue v. Capato
- Southern Union Co. v. U.S.
Tuesday, March 20:
- Miller v. Alabama
- Jackson v. Hobbs
Wednesday, March 21:
- Vasquez v. U.S.
- Reichle v. Howards
Truly, it's going to be a blockbuster season for the Court. In particular, we're looking forward to arguments in Astrue v. Capato, addressing whether posthumously-conceived children are entitled to Social Security survivor benefits, and U.S. v. Alvarez, determining the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act.
We're also interested in the Justices' reactions to Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which will resolve a conflict among the circuits regarding the applicability of the Alien Tort Statute to American corporations for human rights violations that occur overseas.
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- February Oral Argument Calendar (Supreme Court)
- Astrue v. Capato (FindLaw's CaseLaw)
- Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (FindLaw's CaseLaw)
- Cert Granted: Will SCOTUS Side with Seventh on Alien Tort Act? (FindLaw's Seventh Circuit blog)
- Artificial Insemination Child Denied Social Security Benefits (FindLaw's Eighth Circuit blog)