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16-213Kuenzel v. AlabamaWhether it is fundamentally unfair and violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to require a capital habeas petitioner to bring a successive state habeas petition within six months of the discovery of previously unproduced evidence pursuant to Alabama Rule of Criminal Procedure 32.2(c), when Alabama Code § 6-5-440 would have simultaneously barred such a suit. (Opinion by )
16-273Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.(1) Whether this Court should retain the Auer v. Robbins doctrine despite the objections of multiple Justices who have recently urged that it be reconsidered and overruled; (2) whether, if Auer is retained, deference should extend to an unpublished agency letter that, among other things, does not carry the force of law and was adopted in the context of the very dispute in which deference is sought; and (3) whether, with or without deference to the agency, the Department of Education's specific interpretation of Title IX and 34 C.F.R. § 106.33, which provides that a funding recipient providing sex-separated facilities must “generally treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity,” should be given effect. (Opinion by )
16-245Melhorn v. Baltimore Washington Conference of United Methodist ChurchWhether the ministerial exception of the First Amendment absolutely bars breach of contract and tortious conduct lawsuits in situations of illegal conduct or harm to third parties. (Opinion by )
16-244Schell v. OXY USA Inc.(1) Whether, if federal law controls the issue of whether attorney's fees and expenses can be awarded for obtaining a declaratory judgment, an award of fees and expenses is “necessary or proper relief . . . against [the losing party],” Declaratory Judgment Act Section 2202, or whether a declaratory judgment is only available to corporations and the upper class, who can afford to pay the hourly fees and expenses required for access to the courthouse; and (2) whether, if state law controls the issue of whether attorney's fees and expenses can be awarded for obtaining a declaratory judgment, the case should be remanded to the district court to consider Kansas state law on the subject because the district judge affirmatively stated that fees and expenses should be awarded if they legally could be. (Opinion by )
16-242Texas Package Stores Assoc., Inc. v. Fine Wine and Spirits of North Texas, LLCWhether a State may condition access to the wholesale or retail tier of its three-tier alcohol distribution system on in-state residency or physical presence, as the Second and Eighth Circuits have concluded, or whether such requirements are unconstitutional, as the Fifth Circuit held below. (Opinion by )
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