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RoevWade
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Roe v. Wade (Decision January 22, 1973)

The Supreme Court ruled on the historical Roe v Wade case in 1973. The ruling deemed access to safe, legal abortion was a fundamental right under the US Constitution. But, when can the state ban abortions because of a concern for prenatal life? Check out our latest post and explainer infographic for details.

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Byrd v. United States (Argument January 9, 2018)

Can you expect privacy (i.e. Fourth Amendment protections) in a rental car if you are not on the lease?

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Murphy v. Smith (Argument December 6, 2017)

How much of the prisoner’s monetary award must go to his attorney’s fees?

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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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Patchak v. Zinke (Argument Nov. 7, 2017)

Congress used its power to establish jurisdiction in a unique way: instead of establishing jurisdiction generally, it aimed to end a particular case. Did Congress encroach on the judicial power?

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Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting (Argument Nov. 6, 2017)

Two Pennsylvania racetracks merged to build a “racino” (race track + casino). The surviving company couldn’t get the permit and filed for bankruptcy. Can the company that sold out of the deal keep its distance, or will bankruptcy law take suspicion?

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Wilson v. Sellers (Argument October 30, 2017)

Should the federal court review the one-sentence decision below, or look at the prior court’s decision to consider the court’s reasoning?

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Ayestas v. Davis (Argument October 30, 2017)

Is Ayestas entitled to a government-paid investigator?

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