Key Cases Outstanding as of December 2008

With the release today of Altria Group v. Good, the court has left several high-profile cases yet to be decided. Bear in mind that over the last few terms the average number of days between argument and decision has hovered around 90 and, with only 70 days having passed since the start of the term, none of these cases should be considered ‘late.’

Bartlett v. Strickland – Argued on October 14, 2008 (transcript here)- 62 days ago – Bartlett revolves around whether or not a minority group can file suit for vote dilution under certain circumstances.

FCC v. Fox Television Stations Argued on December 4, 2008 (transcript here)- 42 days ago – Fox asks whether or not the use of ‘fleeting expletives’ violates federal regulations against obscene and vulgar language.

Pleasant Grove v. Summum – Argued on December 12, 2008 (transcript here)- 34 days ago -Summum followers asked to place a monument to the ‘Seven Aphorisms‘ be placed near a monument to the Ten Commandments in Pleasant Grove, Utah. See more analysis on the case here.

Ashcroft v. Iqbal – Argued on December 10, 2008 (transcript here)- 5 days ago – Ashcroft asks whether or not a high-level government official can be held liable for supposed mismanagement in crisis.


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