Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the March 24 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Ronald Mann has our preview.

Sossamon v. Texas

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-1438 5th Cir. Nov 2, 2010
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Apr 20, 2011 6-2 Thomas OT 2010
 
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Disclosure: Goldstein, Howe & Russell represents the petitioner in this case.

Holding: When they accept federal funding, states do not consent to waive their sovereign immunity to private lawsuits for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. (Kagan, J., recused).

Plain English Holding: State prisons are not subject to suit for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

Plain English Summary:

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Thomas on April 20, 2011. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissent, joined by Justice Breyer. (Kagan, J., recused).

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Invited: November 2, 2009

Filed: March 18, 2010 (Question 1: hold pending disposition of Cardinal v. Metrish; question 2: deny)

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