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NAMv
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National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense (Decision January 22, 2018)

The EPA challenges must start in federal district courts, despite federal government arguments that they should go directly to appeals courts.

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District of Columbia v. Wesby (Decision January 22, 2018)

The police officers had probable cause to arrest the D.C. partygoers, and they would have had immunity too.

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TexasvNewMexico
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Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado (Argument January 8, 2018)

Texas argues New Mexico is violating a 1938 agreement that allocates usage of the Rio Grande River water. New Mexico argues Texas doesn’t have a case. Will the Supreme Court dismiss it?

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Florida-v-Georgia
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Florida v. Georgia (Argument January 8, 2018)

Florida argues Georgia is using up too much river water that Florida needs for its ecosystem and economy. Will the Supreme Court grant Florida an “equitable apportionment”?

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Marinello-v-US
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Marinello v. United States (Argument December 6, 2017)

Does the felony tax provision apply to Marinello?

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Christie and New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association v. NCAA (Argument Dec. 4, 2017)

New Jersey wants to legalize sports betting, but a federal law says it can’t. Does the federal law violate the Constitution?

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RubinvIran
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Rubin v. Iran (Argument Dec. 4, 2017)

Plaintiffs are victims of a terrorist attack that won a $71.5 million judgment against Iran for sponsoring the attack. Can Rubin, et al. attach Iran’s artifacts in the U.S. to collect on the judgment?

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OilStatesvGreenes
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Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group (Argument Nov. 27, 2017)

Oil States Energy Services lost its patent protection. Now it argues the administrative court did not have the Constitutional authority to take away its right. See if the case belonged in a “real” judicial court instead.

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SASvMatal
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SAS Institute v. Matal (Argument November 27, 2017)

SAS challenged Matal’s patent, and the review board did not address all of SAS’s claims. Can the patent review board pick and choose the claims it will start a review for?

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Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (Decision Nov. 8, 2017)

The appeals court had dismissed Charmaine Hamer’s appeal because it said the court was strictly bound by a filing deadline rule. The Supreme Court decided the rule is not a “jurisdictional” rule, so the court can work around it if necessary. Hamer wins.

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