Issue: (1) Whether a district court exercising inherent equitable power may impose a monetary sanction in an amount that exceeds the defendant’s unjust enrichment (as the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits have held, in conflict with the Second, Third,
and Eleventh Circuits); (2) whether the standard of Rufo v. Inmates of Suffolk County Jail – which held
that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(5) permits modifying consent decrees based on a “significant change in circumstances” – applies to all modification requests (as the First, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits have held), only those made by defendants (as the Third and D.C. Circuits have held), only those in institutional reform cases (as the Federal Circuit has held), only those in cases affecting the public interest (as the Second Circuit has held), or only those made by defendants in institutional reform cases (as the Seventh Circuit
held here); and (3) whether advertisements for a book that extensively quote the book are “inextricably intertwined” with fully protected speech and thus entitled to full First Amendment protection.
Proceedings and Orders
Apr 19 2012
Application (11A1005) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from April 29, 2012 to June 28, 2012, submitted to Justice Kagan.
Apr 23 2012
Application (11A1005) granted by Justice Kagan extending the time to file until June 28, 2012.
On Monday the Court issued orders from its December 6 Conference. (As Lyle reported the Court granted one new case from that Conference on Friday afternoon.) On Tuesday the Court issued one opinion and one dismissal. On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., we expect one or more opinions in argued cases. We will begin live blogging at 9:45. This is the second week of the December sitting; the hearing list for this sitting is here.