Supreme Court Update

June 22, 2015

Here’s the Supreme Court update for Monday, June 22. Four opinions issued. First up was Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, No. 13-720, which is the Spiderman patent case. (Details from MRW are at Spiderman Goes to the Supreme Court.) We called this one 6-3 or 7-2 for Marvel, hoping for a ruling in favor of friends Steve Kimble and Bob Grabb. Unfortunately, Marvel prevailed 6-3.

The other three cases the Court decided were: City of Los Angeles v. Patel, No. 13-1175; Kingsley v. Hendrickson, No. 14-6368; and Horne v. Department of Agriculture, No. 14-275. In Patel the Court affirmed a Ninth Circuit decision, finding that a statute which required hoteliers to provide a registry without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment. Kingsley addressed the review standard for excessive force claims brought by in-custody defendants, while Horne upheld claims by raisin growers that forcing them to hold back product constitutes a taking, for which just compensation must be paid.

Remaining to be decided are:

Presently, MRW is 2-1 on predictions. More decisions expected on Thursday (an add-on day) and next Monday. Stay tuned.

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