» Jack Daniels wins big in challenge to spoofing “Bad Spaniels” dog toy
09/06/23 11:20 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
Thursday’s decision in Jack Daniel’s Properties v. VIP Products firmly rejected the use of the Jack Daniel’s trademarks by a manufacturer selling a line of dog toys that mock various beverage manufacturers. The one at issue here co...

» Court endorses private Section 1983 enforcement of spending clause enactments
09/06/23 02:03 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
Civil rights plaintiffs scored a significant victory in Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County v. Talevski on Thursday, with a seven-justice majority reaffirming that private plaintiffs can enforce spending clause enactments throug...

» Sovereign immunity under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and racially discriminatory juror strikes
08/06/23 17:21 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. First, the “old business.” On Monday, the Supreme Court granted review i...

» Supreme Court upholds Section 2 of Voting Rights Act
08/06/23 13:33 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
This post was updated on June 8 at 4:44 p.m. By a vote of 5-4 on Thursday, the justices issued a major voting rights decision, ruling that Alabama’s new congressional map likely violates the Voting Rights Act. But even more significantly...

» Justices take up “Trump Too Small” trademark case
05/06/23 11:22 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
It has been more seven years since Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, claimed in a presidential debate that then-candidate Donald Trump had “small hands.” On Monday the justices agreed to weigh in on a trademark dispute that ar...

» Supreme Court rules against union over strike liability
02/06/23 12:59 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
In an 8-1 opinion on Thursday, the justices provided a new definition to the limits on the right to strike under federal labor law. At issue in Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union 174was whether an em...

» Justices limit suits challenging misleading securities registration statements
01/06/23 15:08 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
As expected, Thursday’s decision in Slack Technologies v. Pirani rejected a lower-court ruling that had substantially broadened liability for publicly traded companies under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933. That provision impose...

» Supreme Court maintains focus on defendant’s subjective beliefs in False Claims Act cases
01/06/23 14:56 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
In a unanimous opinion on Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected an attempt to shift the knowledge standard in False Claims Act cases that had the potential to gut the government’s primary anti-fraud statute. The justices avoided, for now,...

» Prohibiting trademarks using other people’s names — and hypothetical jurisdiction
01/06/23 14:43 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. This week the court will be considering 150 certiorari petitions and app...

» Court rules for Maryland prison official on procedural issue
31/05/23 12:16 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave a Maryland prison official another chance to defend himself against a federal civil rights claim. Last week’s unanimous ruling in Dupree v. Younger rested on procedural issues, but it was an important o...

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