Policy Area

In Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski the Supreme Court held 8-1 that to have a “redressable injury” required to bring a lawsuit a plaintiff need only ask for nominal damages ($1). The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief in this case asking the Court to hold that a lawsuit for nominal damages only is moot...

In Heck v. Humphrey (1994), the Supreme Court held that a plaintiff can’t bring a civil suit for wrongful conviction unless his or her conviction was “favorably terminated.” But what if charges were dropped and the plaintiff was never convicted? In Thompson v. Clark the Supreme Court will decide when a plaintiff who was charged but never prosecuted may bring a malicious...

In Gateway City Church v. Gavin Newsom, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Santa Clara County, California, stay-at-home order disallowing indoor religious services.

In February 2021, in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, a divided Supreme Court struck down California’s ban on indoor religious services in places...

In United States v. Vaello-Madero the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress violated the constitution by failing to extend Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to Puerto Rico. A Government Accountability Office report predicted that if SSI was extended to Puerto Rico residents in 2011 between 305,000-354,000 would have received the benefit.

SSI is a federal cash benefit program available to low-income individuals who are...

In Department of Homeland Security v. New York the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Trump administration’s “public charge” definition violates the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) or is arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).

One of the factors relevant to whether a non-citizen may become a lawful permanent resident is whether he or she is likely to become a “public...

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether medical providers receiving federal funds may be prevented from referring patients for abortions. In California v. Azar the Ninth Circuit held the federal rule at issue is lawful. In Cochran v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore the Fourth Circuit reached the opposite conclusion.

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In a Supreme Court amicus brief filed in Caniglia v. Strom, the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues the Fourth Amendment “community caretaking” exception to the warrant requirement should extend beyond automobiles.

A police officer determined Edward Caniglia was “imminently...

A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s “Tier 1” total ban on indoor religious services, while allowing a 25% capacity limitation. Most of the state is currently under Tier 1 COVID-19 restrictions. It also allowed California’s to continue banning singing and chanting during indoor services.

While a number of Justices issued opinions, the Court issued no majority opinion.  Chief Justice Roberts’ two-...

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In PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a private natural gas company may use the federal government’s eminent-domain power to condemn state land.

The Natural Gas Act (NGA) authorizes private gas companies like PennEast to obtain necessary rights of way through eminent domain to build pipelines. PennEast asked a federal district court to condemn 42 properties which belong to New...

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