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March 2002 Monday, March 18

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Charles Zandford
No. 01-147

Subject:

    Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jurisdiction, Brokers, Theft, Fraud
Question:
    Whether a stockbroker's fraud is "in connection with the * * * sale" of securities under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 78j(b), and Rule 10b-5 of the Securities and Exchange Commission, 17 C.F.R. 240.10b-5, when the stockbroker sells his customer's securities for his own benefit and uses the proceeds for himself, without disclosure to his customer and without authorization to do so.
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Warren Christopher, Former Secretary of State, et al. v. Jennifer K. Harbury
No. 01-394

Subject:

    Qualified Immunity, Denial of Access to Courts
Question:
    1. Whether allegations that senior State Department and National Security Council officials withheld information and intentionally misled a private citizen about their knowledge of a foreign rebel leader in the captivity of a foreign government state a violation of the constitutional right of access to the courts, when the only claim is that defendants' speech was intentionally misleading and there are no allegations that the plaintiff ever tried to file a lawsuit and was actually hindered in that effort.

    2. Whether, if the Court concludes that a constitutional violation is properly grounded on allegations such as these, government officials violate clearly established law whenever they allegedly mislead a private citizen or conceal information and it is alleged that they intended to and did hinder the filing of a hypothetical lawsuit.

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

Tuesday, March 19

Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County, et al. v. Lindsay Earls, et al.
No. 01-332

Subject:

    Fourth Amendment, Search and Seizure, Drug Testing, Students
Question:
    [Question Presented]
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    Amicus - Petitioner:
  • United States [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]
  • Washington Legal Foundation et al. [PDF]

    Amicus - Respondent:
  • Juvenile Law Center et al. [PDF] [RTF] [WP]
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers et al. [TEXT]
  • National School Boards Association et al. [PDF]
  • Professors Akhil Reed Amar and Vikram Amar [TEXT]

The Holmes Group, Inc. v. Vornado Air Circulation Systems, Inc.
No. 01-408

Subject:

    Patents, Jurisdiction
Question:
  1. Does 28 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(1) divest regional Circuits of jurisdiction over cases in which the well-pleaded complaint of the prevailing plaintiff does not allege any claim arising under federal patent law?

  2. Did the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit err in concluding that this action is a “patent case,” that is, a “civil action arising under” federal patent law for purposes of 28 U.S.C. sect;§ 1295(a)(1) and 1338(a)?
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    Parties:
  • Petitioner [PDF]

Wednesday, March 20

Wanda Adams, et al. v. Florida Power Corporation, et al.
No. 01-584

Subject:

    Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Disparate Impact
Question:
    [Question Presented]
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    Amicus - Respondent:
  • Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America [PDF]

Gary E. Gisbrecht, et al. v. Jo Anne B. Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security
No. 01-131

Subject:

    Social Security, Attorneys Fees, Lodestar, Contingency Fees
Question:
    Whether, when determining a “reasonable” attorney fee to be paid by the plaintiff to the plaintiff's attorney pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), a court may give no effect to the plaintiff's contract to compensate plaintiff's attorney in terms of a contingent fee taking into account the contingent nature of the fee even when the contingent fee requested is within the statutory limitation of 42 U.S.C. § 406(b) for an attorney fee not to exceed “25 percent of the total of the past-due benefits,” even when it is a criminal offense for an attorney to charge a non-contingent fee, and even when the contingent fee sought is consistent with the prevailing market rate.
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    Parties:
  • Petitioner (Petition) [PDF]
  • Respondent (Petition) [PDF] [TEXT] [RTF]
  • Petitioner - Reply (Petition) [PDF]

  • Petitioner [PDF]
  • Respondent [PDF] [TEXT]
  • Petitioner [PDF]

    Amicus - Petitioner:
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America [PDF] [MS-WORD]

    Amicus - Respondent:
  • Washington Legal Foundation et al. [PDF]

Monday, March 25

Warden Ricky Bell v. Gary Bradford Cone
No. 01-400

Subject:

    Sixth Amendment, Effective Assistance of Counsel, Sentencing
Question:
    [Question Presented]
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  • [Coming Soon]

William J. Harris v. United States
No. 00-10666

Subject:

    Sentencing, Element of the Crime, Sentencing Factor
Question:
    Given that a finding of “brandishing”, as used in 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924(c)(1)(A), results in an increased mandatory minimum sentence, must the fact of “brandishing” be alleged in the indictment and proved beyond a reasonable doubt?
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    Amicus - Petitioner:
  • The Cato Institute et al. [PDF]

    Amicus - Respondent:
  • Criminal Justice Legal Foundation [PDF]

Tuesday, March 26

Republican Party of Minnesota v. Verna Kelly, et al.
No. 01-521

Subject:

    First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Free Speech, Judges, Elections
Question:
    Whether the provision of the Minnesota Code of Judicial Conduct that prohibits a candidate for elective judicial office from “announc[ing] his or her views on disputed legal or political issues” unconstitutionally impinges on the freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
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    Parties:
  • Respondent [PDF]
  • Petitioner - Reply [PDF]

  • Petitioner Gregory F. Wersal, et al. [PDF]
  • Petitioner Republican Party [PDF]
  • Petitioner Gregory F. Wersal, et al. - Reply [PDF]
  • Petitioner Republican Party - Reply [PDF]

    Amicus - Petitioner:
  • American Center for Law and Justice [PDF]
  • American Civil Liberties Union et al. [PDF]
  • Chamber of Commerce of the United States [PDF]
  • Public Citizen [PDF]
  • Republican National Committee [PDF]
  • State Supreme Court Justices [PDF]

    Amicus - Respondent:
  • Ad Hoc Committee of Former Justices and Friends [PDF] [WP]
  • American Bar Association [PDF] [MS-WORD]
  • Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law [PDF]
  • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts [PDF]
  • Minnesota State Bar Association [PDF] [MS-WORD]

    Amicus - Neither Party:
  • Idaho Conservation League et al. [PDF]

Robert J. Devlin v. Robert Scardelletti, et al.
No. 01-417

Subject:

    Class Action Settlement, Intervention, Standing
Question:
    Whether a class member who, upon receiving notice of a proposed class action settlement, objects and moves to intervene has standing to appeal the district court's approval of the settlement?
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    Parties:
  • Petitioner [PDF]

Wednesday, March 27

Utah, et al. v. Donald L. Evans, Secretary of Commerce, et al.
No. 01-714

Subject:

    Census, Imputation, Apportionment
Question:
    1. Whether appellants' challenge to the Census Bureau's use of imputation is justiciable.

    2. Whether the use of imputation violated 13 U.S.C. § 195, which prohibits "the use of the statistical method known as 'sampling'" in determining the population "for purposes of apportionment of Representatives in Congress among the several States."

    3. Whether the use of imputation violated the Census Clause of the Constitution, Article I, Section 2, Clause 3.

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