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Good morning from the Court's press room. Orders due in about 10 minutes.
We do not expect any more grants today. Looks like the Court will have a very light argument schedule in March, as in February.
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After today, any case granted would have to be extraordinarily expedited to get it on the March calendar.
This is the last day this year that we expect opinions, and there are no more conferences scheduled for this year. The next Conference is not scheduled until January 10, and oral arguments will resume on January 13 with the oral arguments in (among others) Noel Canning.
Just to review, the Court granted two cases last Friday.
Here's Lyle. We've got one CVSG in a case attempting to hold various people and entities responsible for the September 11 attacks. Justice Kagan did not participate. O'Neill v. al Rajhi Bank.
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Court denied review in 13-56, Hornbeck Offshore v. Jewell, a case involving contempt citations arising out of the BP oil spill. Court also denied review in 13-185, a challenge to a flat ban on polling places on wearing any badges or buttons of any kind.
Court also denied review of a petition (13-302), Morrow v. Bilaski, on whether public schools have a constitutional duty to protect students from violence by other students. The lower court decision had discussed the Newtown school shootings.
13-447, Lockheed Martin v. Abbott. It's an interesting class action case in which Lockheed maintains that no one was injured, but the case was nonetheless allowed to proceed. The class representative was a Lockheed employee who had invested in the fund, but benefited from his investment rather than having lost.
Sorry -- hit "save" too soon. Lockheed Martin was denied.
The five-minutes-to-sitting buzzer has just sounded.
Most of the opinions so far have been from the October sitting, which makes sense. Justice Alito has already gotten out two -- Scalia, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor have also written, as I recall.
We have one opinion today. Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life, by Justice Thomas for a unanimous Court. The Second Circuit is affirmed. The plan's limitations provision is enforceable.
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And on that note, that's all we have for you today and for the rest of the year. (Sniff, sniff.) Thanks for joining us today. In addition to Tejinder's write-up of the Heimeshoff opinion, John Elwood will have the final installment of Relist watch for 2013, and it's always entertaining. Take care, and happy holidays!