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December 2001 Monday, December 3

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services v. Irene Blumer
No. 00-952

Subject:

    Medicaid, Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1998, Community Spouse Resource Allowance, Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance
Question:
    Whether, in a "fair hearing" proceeding to consider whether to raise the community spouse's resource allowance pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5(e), Wisconsin's "income first" requirement, Wis. Stat. Ann. § 49.455(8)(d) (West 1997), which treats income otherwise attributable to the institutionalized spouse as available to the community spouse to meet that spouse's minimum monthly maintenance needs, is consistent with the federal statute, 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5(e)(2)(C).
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    Parties:
  • Respondent [PDF]
  • Petitioner - Reply [PDF]

    Amicus - Petitioner:
  • United States [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]

    Amicus - Respondent:
  • United States (Petition) [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]

Caren Cronk Thomas and Windy City Hemp Development Board v. Chicago Park District
No. 00-1249

Subject:

    First Amendment, Prior Restrait, Permit Procedures
Question:

    A Chicago Park District ordinance requires a person to obtain a permit before conducting "events involving more than fifty individuals" in a municipal park. The ordinance specifies the grounds on which a permit application may be denied, none of which is based on the content of any expression that may be involved in the event. The questions presented are:

    1. Whether the ordinance vests the permit-granting authority with too much discretion to satisfy First Amendment standards.

    2. Whether, in order to satisfy the First Amendment, the ordinance must ensure that final judicial decision on the merits of an applicant's challenge to the denial of a permit will be rendered within a fixed deadline.

    3. Whether, in order to satisfy the First Amendment, the ordinance must require the Park District to initiate a judicial proceeding to give effect to the administrative denial of a permit application, or whether instead it is sufficient that the applicant seek judicial review of the administrative permit denial.

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    Amicus - Respondent:
  • United States [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]

Tuesday, December 4

City of Los Angeles v. Alameda Books, Inc., et al.
No. 00-799

Subject:

    First Amendment, Free Speech, Zoning, Adult Bookstores, Adult Video Arcades
Question:
    [Question Presented]
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    Amicus - Petitioner:
  • Morality in Media [PDF] [MS-Word]

US Airways, Inc. v. Robert Barnett
No. 00-1250

Subject:

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Reasonable Accommodations, Interactive Process
Question:
    Whether, as the Ninth Circuit held below, the ADA requires an employer to reassign a disabled employee to a vacant position as a reasonable accommodation where necessary to retain the employee, or whether, as the Petitioner asserts, an employer that has adopted a seniority policy is exempt from this requirement.
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Wednesday, December 5

Richard L. Mathias, et al. v. WorldCom Tech., Inc., et al.
No. 00-878

Subject:

    Eleventh Amendment, State Immunity, Federal Review, State Utility Commission
Question:
  1. Whether a state commission's action relating to the enforcement of a previously approved section 252 interconnection agreement is a "determination under [section 252]" and thus is reviewable in federal court under 47 U.S.C. §252(e)(6).

  2. Whether a state commission's acceptance of Congress' invitation to participate in implementing a federal regulatory scheme that provides that state commission determinations are reviewable in federal court constitutes a waiver of Eleventh Amendment immunity.

  3. Whether an official capacity action seeking prospective relief against state public utility commissioners for alleged ongoing violations of federal law in performing federal regulatory functions under the federal Telecommuncations Act of 1996 can be maintained under the Ex parte Young doctrine.
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    Parties:
  • Respondent United States [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]

Verizon Maryland Inc. v. Public Service Commission of Maryland
United States v. Public Service Commission of Maryland
Nos. 00-1531, 00-1711

Subject:

    Telecommunications Act of 1996, Interconnection Agreements, Jurisdiction
Question:
    Whether a federal district court has subject-matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. 1331 to determine whether a state commission's action interpreting or enforcing an interconnection agreement violates the 1996 Act.
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    Parties:
  • Petitioner United States (Petition) [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]

  • Petitioner United States [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]



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