Prior Weekly Briefings

Below is a list of prior weekly briefings, complete with a short synopsis of what took place during each week. This list will be updated when I publish a new weekly briefing each week and when the Court is in session.


October Term 2019
  • Week of June 1:
    • Opinions in:
      • Financial Oversight & Mgmt. Bd. v. Aurelius Investment, LLC (Appointments Clause).
      • Nasrallah v. Barr (immigration law).
      • Thole v. U.S. Bank N.A. (ERISA).
      • Banister v. Davis (civil procedure).
      • GE Energy Power Conversion v. Outokumpu Stainless (arbitration law).
    • One opinion relating to an order (Thomas, Jarchow v. State Bar of Wisconsin).
  • Week of May 25:
    • Miscellaneous orders regarding litigation over COVID-19 shutdown orders.
  • Week of May 18:
    • Opinion in Opati v. Republic of Sudan (retroactivity of the FSIA).
    • One opinion relating to an order (Thomas, Wexford Health v. Garrett).
    • Three miscellaneous orders.
  • Week of May 11:
    • Opinion in Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc. v. Marcel Fashions Group, Inc. (civil procedure).
    • Oral arguments in six cases (of note: Trump v. Mazars USA, LLPTrump v. VanceChiafalo v. WashingtonBaca v. Colorado Dep’t. of State).
    • One opinion relating to an order (Sotomayor, Valentine v. Collier).
  • Week of May 4:
    • Opinions in:
      • Kelly v. United States (statutory interpretation, criminal appeals).
      • United States v. Sineneng-Smith (appellate procedure).
    • Oral arguments in four cases (of note: Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter & Paul Home v. Pennsylvania).
    • Two cert grants (CIC Services, LLC v. IRSEdwards v. Vannoy).
  • Week of April 27:
    • Opinions in:
      • New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. City of New York (Second Amendment).
      • Maine Community Health Options v. United States (administrative law, Affordable Care Act).
      • Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. (copyright law).
  • Week of April 20:
    • Opinions in:
      • Ramos v. Louisiana (incorporation of unanimous jury requirement).
      • Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian (environmental law).
      • County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund (environmental law).
      • Barton v. Barr (immigration law).
      • Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil Group, Inc. (trademark law).
      • Thryv, Inc. v. Click-to-Call Technologies, LP (patent procedure).
    • One cert grant (Van Buren v. United States)
    • One opinion relating to an order (Thomas, Robinson v. Dept. of Education).
  • Week of April 13:
    • Order setting ten cases for telephonic oral argument in May.
  • Week of April 6:
    • Opinions in:
      • RNC v. DNC (Overturning district judge’s order re Wisconsin election and COVID-19).
      • Kansas v. Glover (Fourth Amendment search and seizure).
      • Babb v. Wilkie (burden of proof under the ADEA).
    • Three opinions relating to orders (Gorsuch, Archdiocese of Washington v. WMATA; Sotomayor, Halprin v. Davis; and Thomas, VF Jeanswear LP v. EEOC).
  • Week of March 30:
    • One opinion, CITGO Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co., Ltd. (maritime contracts).
    • One cert grant (Brownback v. King).
    • Order postponing April oral arguments due to COVID-19.
  • Week of March 23:
    • Opinions in:
      • Allen v. Cooper (federal sovereign immunity) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Kahler v. Kansas (insanity defense and the Due Process Clause).
      • Comcast Corp. v. Nat’l Ass’n of African American-Owned Media (burden of proof for §1981 claims).
      • Guerrero-Lasprilla v. Barr (immigration procedure).
    • Per curiam decision in Davis v. United States (criminal procedure).
    • One opinion relating to orders (Kavanaugh, Avery v. United States).
  • Week of March 16:
    • Dead week; order postponing March oral arguments due to COVID-19.
  • Week of March 9:
    • One cert grant (Jones v. Mississippi).
    • Miscellaneous order granting the Trump administration’s request for a temporary stay in Wolf v. Innovation Law Lab.
  • Week of March 2:
    • One opinion, in Kansas v. Garcia (preemption under the Immigration Reform and Control Act).
    • Oral arguments in five cases (of note: June Medical Services LLC v. RussoSeila Law, LLC v. CFPB).
    • Three cert grants (of note: California v. Texas).
    • One opinion relating to orders (Gorsuch, Guedes v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives).
  • Week of February 24:
    • Opinions in:
      • Hernandez v. Mesa (Bivens claim for a cross-border shooting).
      • McKinney v. Arizona (capital sentencing).
      • Monasky v. Taglieri (international treaty law).
      • Shular v. United States (statutory interpretation: ACCA).
      • Holguin-Hernandez v. United States (criminal procedure).
      • Rodriguez v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (tax law).
      • Intel Corp. Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma (ERISA).
    • One Per Curiam decision (Roman Cath. Archdiocese of San Juan v. Feliciano).
    • Oral arguments in four cases (of note: United States v. Sineneng-Smith).
    • One cert grant (Fulton v. City of Philadelphia).
    • Four opinions relating to orders:
      • Thomas (Arizona v. California).
      • Thomas (Baldwin v. United States).
      • Alito (Patterson v. Walgreen Co.).
      • Sotomayor (Reed v. Texas).
  • Week of February 17:
    • One opinion relating to orders (Sotomayor, Wolf v. Cook County, Illinois).
  • Week of February 10:
    • Dead week; no opinions, miscellaneous orders only.
  • Week of February 3:
    • Denial of request to stay execution.
  • Week of January 27:
    • One cert grant (Texas v. New Mexico).
    • One opinion relating to orders (Gorsuch, DHS v. New York).
  • Week of January 20:
    • Oral arguments in three cases (of note: Espinoza v. Montana Dep’t. of Revenue).
    • One opinion relating to orders (Breyer, McKeever v. Barr).
    • Two CVSGs (Hungary v. SimonGermany v. Philipp).
  • Week of January 13:
    • Opinions in:
      • Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC (bankruptcy procedure).
      • Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander (ERISA).
    • Oral arguments in five cases (of note: Kelly v. United States).
    • Nine cert. grants (of note: Chiafalo v. WashingtonLittle Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania).
  • Week of December 16:
    • Five cert. grants (of note: Torres v. Madrid).
  • Week of December 9:
    • Opinions in:
      • Rotkiske v. Klemm (statute of limitations, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act).
      • Peter v. NantKwestInc. (patent law procedure).
    • Oral arguments in six cases (of note: Maine Comm. Health Options v. United States).
    • Five cert. grants (of note: Trump v. MazarsLLPTrump v. Vance).
    • Two opinions relating to orders (Sotomayor, Schexnayder v. VannoyCottier v. United States).
  • Week of December 2:
    • Oral arguments in six cases (of note: New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. City of New York).
    • One cert. grant (Carney v. Adams).
    • One opinion relating to orders (Alito, Barr v. Roane).
  • Week of November 25:
    • One per curiam opinion in Thompson v. Hebdon (campaign finance).
    • Three opinions relating to orders:
      • Alito (National ReviewInc. v. Mann);
      • Kavanaugh (Paul v. United States);
      • Sotomayor (Isom v. Arkansas).
  • Week of November 18:
    • One opinion relating to orders (Sotomayor, Peithman v. United States).
    • One cert grant (Tanzin v. Tanvir).
  • Week of November 11:
    • Oral arguments in four cases (of note: DHS v. Regents of the University of California).
    • Three cert grants (of note: Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc.).
  • Week of November 4:
    • Oral arguments in six cases (of note: County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund).
    • One cert grant (USPTO v. Booking.com B.V.).
    • One opinion relating to orders (Sotomayor, Rhines v. Young).
  • Week of October 28:
    • One cert grant (Liu v. SEC).
  • Week of October 21:
    • One opinion relating to orders (Thomas, Lipschultz v. Charter Advanced ServicesLLP).
  • Week of October 14:
    • Oral arguments in four cases (of note: Financial Oversight & Mgmt. Bd. of Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC).
    • Four cert grants (of note: Seila Law, LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).
    • One CVSG (Peterson v. Linear Controls, Inc.).
  • Week of October 7:
    • Oral arguments in five cases (of note: Bostock v. Clayton County, GeorgiaR.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC).
  • Term Preview
Summer 2019 Recess
  • September 11:
    • Stay pending appeal of a district court’s preliminary, nationwide injunction against the Trump administration’s new asylum rule. Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissented.
  • September 4:
    • Denial of a stay of execution. Justice Sotomayor wrote an opinion respecting the denial.
  • August 22:
    • Denial of a stay of execution. Justice Sotomayor dissented.
    • Press release regarding the health of Justice Ginsburg.
  • July 26:
    • Stay pending appeal of a district court’s permanent injunction against the Trump administration in Sierra Club v. Trump. Case concerns the administration’s push to use federal funds, which were transferred to the Department of Defense, for construction of the border wall.
October Term 2018
  • Week of June 24:
    • Opinions in:
      • Rucho v. Common Cause (partisan gerrymandering) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Department of Commerce v. New York (citizenship question on the 2020 Census) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Kisor v. Wilkie (administrative law, Auer Deference).
      • Mitchell v. Wisconsin (Fourth Amendment).
      • Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Ass’n. v. Thomas (Twenty-First Amendment).
      • Iancu v. Brunetti (First Amendment Free Speech Clause, 1946 Lanham Act).
      • United States v. Haymond (Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury, sentencing under 18 U.S.C. § 3583(k)).
      • United States v. Davis (sentencing under the 1986 Gun Control Act).
      • Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media (“confidential” information under the Freedom of Information Act).
      • Dutra Group v. Batterton (tort claims under admiralty law).
    • 21 cert. grants (of note: Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of CaliforniaEspinoza v. Montana Dep’t. of Revenue).
    • Two opinions relating to Orders (J. Thomas, Harris v. West Alabama Women’s Center; J. Sotomayor, McGee v. McFadden).
    • Three CVSG’s (Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico v. FelicianoArizona v. California; Avco Corp. v. Sikkelee).
    • Re-added Carpenter v. Murphy to O.T. 2019.
  • Week of June 17:
    • Opinions in:
      • American Legion v. American Humanist Ass’n. (First Amendment Establishment Clause) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Gamble v. United States (Fifth Amendment Double Jeopardy Clause, separate sovereigns doctrine) (see my in-depth review here).
      • Flowers v. Mississippi (Curtis Flowers’ Batson claim).
      • Gundy v. United States (administrative law, nondelegation doctrine).
      • Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania (Fifth Amendment Takings Clause).
      • Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck (First Amendment Free Speech Clause, public-access TV channels).
      • Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren (preemption, 1954 Atomic Energy Act).
      • Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill (standing issues under racial gerrymandering claims).
      • Rehaif v. United States (criminal procedure).
      • McDonough v. Smith (statute-of-limitations, claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983).
      • PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic, Inc. (statutory interpretation, 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 1946 “Hobbs” Act).
      • North Carolina Dep’t. of Revenue v. Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust (trust law).
    • One cert. grant (Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC).
    • GVR in Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries (First Amendment Free Exercise Clause).
  • Week of June 10:
    • Opinions in:
      • Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service (civil procedure, patent law).
      • Quarles v. United States (statutory interpretation, Armed Career Criminal Act).
      • Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. v. Newton (statutory interpretation, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act).
    • Five cert. grants.
    • One opinion relating to an order (J. Breyer, Al-Alwi v. Trump).
  • Week of June 3:
    • Opinions in:
      • Azar v. Allina Health Services (Medicare policy changes under the APA).
      • Taggart v. Lorenzen (bankruptcy procedure).
      • Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis (civil procedure, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act).
      • Mont v. United States (criminal procedure).
    • Three cert. grants (of note: Allen v. Cooper).
    • One CVSG (Texas v. New Mexico).
  • Week of May 27:
    • Opinions in:
      • Smith v. Berryhill (civil procedure; Social Security Act).
      • Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Jackson (civil procedure).
      • Nieves v. Bartlett (First Amendment; retaliatory arrests).
    • Per Curiam opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana & KentuckyInc. (involving an Indiana abortion law).
    • One cert. grant (Hernandez v. Mesa).
  • Week of May 20:
    • Opinions in:
      • Mission Product Holdings, LLC v. Tempnology, LLC (statutory interpretation, bankruptcy law).
      • Herrera v. Wyoming (1868 Treaty Between the United States of America and the Crow Indian Tribe).
      • Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp. v. Albrecht (preemption of a state-law failure-to-warn claim).
    • One cert. grant (Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC).
    • Two opinions relating to orders.
  • Week of May 13:
    • Opinions in:
      • Apple, Inc. v. Pepper (antitrust law).
      • Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt (Eleventh Amendment, state sovereign immunity) (see my in-depth review of the case here).
      • Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt (statute-of-limitations, False Claims Act).
    • Six opinions relating to orders.
  • Week of May 6:
    • Dead week; no opinions or orders.
  • Week of April 29:
    • Opinion in Tennessee Valley Authority v. Thacker (civil procedure, 1946 Federal Tort Claims Act).
    • One CVSG (Google, LLC v. Oracle America, Inc).
  • Week of April 22:
    • Opinion in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela (arbitration agreements).
    • Oral argument in six cases (of note: Dep’t. of Commerce v. New YorkMitchell v. Wisconsin).
    • Five cert. grants (of note: Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC).
    • DIG’ed Emulex, Corp. v. Varjabedian (statutory interpretation, 1934 Securities Exchange Act).