Issue: Whether the Ninth Circuit erred in holding that 38 U.S.C. § 511, which provides that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs “shall decide all questions of law and fact necessary to a decision by the Secretary under a law that affects the provision of benefits,” and that “the decision of the Secretary as to any such question shall be final and conclusive and may not be reviewed by any other official or by any other court,” precludes the district court’s jurisdiction over systemic challenges to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ failures to provide timely medical benefits and to timely resolve claims for service-connected death and disability benefits.
Proceedings and Orders
Jul 19 2012
Application (12A78) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from August 5, 2012 to September 5, 2012, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
Jul 24 2012
Application (12A78) granted by Justice Kennedy extending the time to file until September 5, 2012.
3/31Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Whether the Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se”.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
Awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.
Sigma Delta Chi
Awarded the Sigma Delta Chi deadline reporting award for online coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
National Press Club Award
Awarded the National Press Club's Breaking News Award for coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
Silver Gavel Award
Awarded the Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for fostering the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
American Gavel Award
Awarded the American Gavel Award for Distinguished Reporting About the Judiciary to recognize the highest standards of reporting about courts and the justice system.
Awarded the Webby Award for excellence on the internet.