Practice

  • For 75th Argument, Waxman Might Win for Insurers in Health Data Dispute

    By Tony Mauro

    Before former U.S. solicitor general Seth Waxman rose to argue his 75th case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, it seemed to some that this milestone would be an uphill battle.

  • Q&A: Questioning Justice and Jurisdiction in Indian Country

    By Marcia Coyle

    When he served as U.S. attorney for South Dakota and chairman of the U.S. Justice Department’s Native American Issues subcommittee, Brendan Johnson learned firsthand the quality of Indian tribal courts. Today, he doesn’t like the picture of tribal justice that a multibillion-dollar corporation is painting for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Briefs & Arguments

  • Tribes Face Uphill Fights in High Court

    By Marcia Coyle

    Their cases may not command the high profile of abortion, immigration, affirmative action and other challenges now on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision docket. But four tribal cases granted review by the justices have been called by some experts a “potential watershed” term for Indian law.

  • Justices Step Into Controversy Over Puerto Rico’s Status

    By Marcia Coyle

    U.S. Supreme Court justices rarely have a unique connection to the underpinnings of cases that come before them. But Wednesday’s arguments undoubtedly touched a chord with Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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Rulings

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Courtside

  • Sotomayor Tops Justices For Number of Public Appearances

    By Tony Mauro

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has logged 53 public appearances in the past two terms—more than any other justice, according to a website that tracks justices’ speaking engagements.

  • Five Lessons From a 'Bizarre' Supreme Court Argument

    By Tony Mauro

    By the end of oral arguments Tuesday in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, lawyers and justices agreed on one thing: The case was really odd. "This is a bizarre case," said Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell. "It is bizarre," Justice Antonin Scalia concurred. In the course of the hour, some of the exchanges posed lessons that practitioners can learn from.

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