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To answer a common question, we don't know which opinions we will get today. All we know so far is that we are expecting one or more opinions.
We can surmise that we are unlikely to get opinions in some of the high-profile cases from October and November -- for example, McCutcheon (campaign finance) and Schuette (affirmative action) are almost certainly NOT happening today. We could get, though, the decision in DaimlerChrysler v. Bauman, which was argued in October. That one would make sense also because it seems like one that Justice Ginsburg, who likes to get her opinions out early, could write -- it involves issues of personal jurisdiction.
On how we are notified of coming opinions: the Court has a "hot line" or "opinion line (202-479-3360), open to the public, on which it announces plans for opinion days. It is online soon after the Conference sessions conclude. It tells only that there will be opinions (no number or case given) on which day.
In addition to today's opinions, we'll also have coverage later in the day of today's and yesterday's oral arguments. But we should have Lyle back on the line for opinions momentarily.
The first opinion is in Atlantic Marine v. US District Court. Justice Alito has the opinion for the Court. The decision of the Fifth Circuit is reversed. The decision is unanimous.
The Court holds that a forum selection clause in a contract may be enforced by a motion to transfer to another district where it might have been brought or to any district to which all parties have consented.
We are expecting at least one more opinion. This is not the only opinion of the day.
Ronald Mann has a busy day today, as he is covering both of our arguments as well.
This case (Atlantic Marine) was argued on October 9.
The second and last opinion of the day is United States v. Woods.
Scalia writes; the Fifth Circuit is reversed. The decision is unanimous.
The Court holds that the district court had jurisdiction to determine whether the partnership's lack of economic substance could justify imposing a penalty on the partners for misstating valuation.
That is all for the day. Woods was also argued on October 9. For those of you keeping track at home, Justice Alito has now written two opinions, because he also wrote in Burt v. Titlow, which was released on November 5. And, as several of our commenters have noted, both of today's cases were decisions in which the Court reversed the Fifth Circuit.
I hope Ronald Mann doesn't have any classes to teach today -- Woods is one of his cases too. But if anyone can handle this deluge of posts easily, he can. So look for opinion analyses of both this cases later on today, I hope. For those of you joining us from the US and abroad for Daimler v. Bauman, sorry to disappoint, but please join us again next time -- no matter what you're waiting for. We don't know yet whether there will be opinions next week, but we will let you know as soon as we do. Thanks again for joining us today, and have a good week!