Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.

Lovland v. Employers Mutual Casualty Company

Petition for certiorari denied on October 1, 2012
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-118 8th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: Whether, when an employee takes leave protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq. (FMLA), and the employer later uses the employee’s FMLA-protected absences as a negative factor in an employment decision, the employer’s conduct establishes impermissible interference with the employee’s FMLA rights without any further proof of intent (as the Third and Ninth Circuits, following a regulation issued by the Secretary of Labor, have held), or the employee must prove that the employer’s proffered reasons for the adverse decision were a pretext for discrimination under the burden-shifting analysis set forth in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, as several other circuits have held.

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