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Month: April 2018

SASInstitutevIancuDecision
Case Explainer

SAS Institute v. Iancu (Decision April 24, 2018)

If the Patent Review Board starts a patent review, it must address all of the patent challenger’s claims.

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OilStatesvGreenesEnergyDecision
Case Explainer

Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group (Decision April 24, 2018)

Patent rights can be reviewed in executive branch courts.

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JesnervArabBankDecision
Case Explainer

Jesner v. Arab Bank (Decision April 24, 2018)

Foreign corporations can’t be sued under the Alien Tort Statute.

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AnimalScienceProductsvHebeiWelcomePharmaceutical
Case Explainer

Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical (Argument April 24, 2018)

The Chinese government filed a brief in a case to help the court interpret Chinese law. Was the court supposed to follow that interpretation blindly or make its own judgment?

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Lucia v SEC
Case Explainer

Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission (Argument April 23, 2018)

Are the SEC judges “Officers,” which would require them to be formally appointed?

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PereiravSessions
Case Explainer

Pereira v. Sessions (Argument April 23, 2018)

Will a noncitizen’s period of living continuously in the U.S. end with a notice of a hearing that doesn’t include time and place?

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Chavez-MezavUnitedStates
Case Explainer

Chavez-Meza v. United States (Argument April 23, 2018)

Did the court need to explain its reasoning for choosing a certain sentence reduction?

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TrumpvHawaii
Case Explainer

Trump v. Hawaii (Argument April 26, 2018)

Does the latest version of Trump’s travel ban violate federal law or the Constitution?

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AbbottvPerez
Case Explainer

Abbott v. Perez (Argument April 24, 2018)

Did the federal court in Texas already conclude that Texas’ voting maps were non-discriminatory?

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WilsonvSellersDecision
Case Explainer

Wilson v. Sellers (Decision April 17, 2018)

A federal habeas reviewing court should “look through” an unreasoned state court decision to find the rationale.

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