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Good morning, all! Welcome to our live blog. We are expecting additional orders from the Court's January 23 Conference at 9:30 a.m., followed by one or more opinions in argued cases at 10.
After today the Court will mostly go silent for a while; the next Conference is not scheduled until February 20, and we wouldn't expect any more opinions until the February sitting starts the following week.
We would not normally expect the Court to issue any additional grants today after the two grants -- on lethal injection and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act -- on Friday. But we will be waiting on denials, possible CVSGs, and (later on) to see which cases may have been relisted for the next Conference.
At the Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr has an interesting post on why the Court may have granted cert. in the Oklahoma lethal injection case even though it declined to stop the execution of one of the inmates challenging the Oklahoma protocol earlier this month.
It is the best kind of snowy day here in the DC area right now -- lovely, but not sticking to the roads or sidewalks.
No CVSGs, and no new grants.
Court has denied review in 14-632, the Hague Convention case.
Court also denied 14-182 in Irish v. Louisiana.
Court denied cert. before judgment in the Oklahoma Affordable Care Act case. That's 14-586.
The Oklahoma ACA case presents the same subsidies question as in King v. Burwell. The proceedings in the Tenth Circuit are on hold pending the outcome in King.
There are several summary dispositions based on the Court's decisions in Holt v. Hobbs and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
That's pretty much it in terms of news off the order list.
We will try to get the order list for you as soon as we can.
So it appears that all of the real news from Friday's conference came on Friday. (To be fair, it was a lot of news.) We're going to take a quick break and then will be back to cover opinions.
Good morning from the Court press room.
As is almost always the case, we don't know what decisions we will be getting today. Most of the cases from the October sitting have already been decided, but only three cases from November. I would be a little surprised if we got some of the more high-profile cases from the November sitting, like Zivotofsky v. Kerry (the Jerusalem passport case) or the Alabama redistricting cases, because they seem like they could be closely divided, but I have certainly been wrong before.
We have also gotten three decisions from the December sitting already, which is pretty speedy.
One box of opinions. 1 or 2 rulings, perhaps.
The outstanding October cases are NC Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC (antitrust and state-action exemption) and Kansas v. Nebraska (water).
We have the first decision.
Only one opinion, apparently.
The decision of the Sixth Circuit is vacated and remanded. Thomas writes for a unanimous Court.
There is a concurrence by Ginsburg joined by Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
This is a case involving disagreement between retired employees and their former employer about the meaning of certain provisions in an expired collective bargaining agreement.
It is a case under ERISA.
The Sixth Circuit's decision rested on principles that are incompatible with ordinary principles of contract law.
That's the Court's holding, and that's all we have from the Court today.
And on that note, it's time for us to say goodbye until (sniff) February. We don't know for sure, but it seems likely that we will be back in late February when the Justices are back from their winter recess and the next set of opinions are released. Until then, thanks for joining us, and if you are in the northeast, stay inside!