Sitting Docket Title(link to Wiki page) Issue Argument(link to transcript) Decision(link to opinion)
13-1216Missouri Gas Energy v. Kansas Division of Property EvaluationWhether a state may, consistent with the dormant Commerce Clause, impose an ad valorem tax on natural gas that is being transported through interstate commerce but temporarily stored in the state by a common carrier, even though the taxpayer has no control over where the gas is stored and no other connection with the state. (Opinion by )
13-1175City of Los Angeles v. Patel(1) Whether facial challenges to ordinances and statutes are permitted under the Fourth Amendment; and (2) whether a hotel has an expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment in a hotel guest registry where the guest-supplied information is mandated by law and an ordinance authorizes the police to inspect the registry, and if so, whether the ordinance is facially unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment unless it expressly provides for pre-compliance judicial review before the police can inspect the registry. (Opinion by )
13-1166Salazar v. MissouriWhether a defendant, in order to establish a violation of his Sixth Amendment right to a public trial, must demonstrate not only that the trial court failed to follow the procedure set forth in Waller v. Georgia, but also that a member of the public was actually excluded from the courtroom. (Opinion by )
13-1165Cisco Systems, Inc. v. TecSec, Inc.(1) Whether alternative holdings, each independently sufficient to sustain a judgment, all have preclusive effect in subsequent proceedings, as the Second, Third, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits hold, or whether none of them do, as the Fourth, Seventh, Tenth and Federal Circuits hold; and (2) whether the mandate rule bars a party from relitigating an issue in the same case that was within the scope of a decision that was unequivocally affirmed. (Opinion by )
13-1162Purdue Pharma L.P. v. United States ex rel. May(1) Whether the False Claims Act’s pre-2010 “public-disclosure bar,” 31 U.S.C. § 3730(e)(4) (2009), prohibits claims that are “substantially similar” to prior public disclosures, or instead bars a claim only if the plaintiff’s knowledge “actually derives” from prior disclosures; (2) whether the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5), precludes a later-filed action that is based on the same facts as an earlier-filed action only so long as the earlier case is still pending; and (3) whether the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3287, suspends the limitations period for civil claims, such as a False Claims Act claim brought by a private party. (Opinion by )
Term Snapshot