Legal Status for Recipients of Temporary Protected Status, Political Donor Transparency, & More on the Supreme Court’s April Docket
How do you feel about the cases before the Supreme Court in April?
by SCOTUS WATCH | 4.19.21
What's the story?
- The Supreme Court will hear arguments this month in the final cases on its docket for the current term, including several notable cases.
- In addition to the cases already on the agenda, the Court may hear emergency petitions in other cases that are appealed.
What’s on the docket?
Monday, April 19th
- Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation (consolidated with Alaska Native Village Corp. v. Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation) deals with whether corporations formed by Alaska Natives are considered “Indian tribes” for the purpose of eligibility for federal coronavirus (COVID-19) relief funding.
- Sanchez v. Mayorkas concerns the ability of an unauthorized immigrant granted “temporary protected status” to become a lawful permanent resident.
Tuesday, April 20th
- Greer v. U.S. addresses whether an appeals court can consider matters outside the scope of the trial record in assessing whether an error affected a defendant’s rights or the fairness, integrity, or public reputation of the trial.
- U.S. v. Gary deals with whether a defendant can automatically receive plan error relief after pleading guilty to charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm if a district court didn’t advise them that an element of their crime is knowing that they’re a felon.
Wednesday, April 21st
- City of San Antonio v. Hotels.com, L.P. has to do with a district court’s ability to deny or reduce an award of legal costs after a successful appeal.
- Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc. concerns whether a defendant facing an allegation of patent infringement can claim patent invalidity as a defense in a case considered on the merits.
Monday, April 26th
- Americans for Prosperity v. Rodriquez (consolidated with Thomas More Law Center v. Rodriquez) addresses whether California’s requirement that charities disclose the names and addresses of major donors is a violation of the First Amendment.
- Guam v. United States concerns whether Guam (a U.S. territory) or the U.S. federal government are financially responsible for hazardous waste cleanup at a Navy base on Guam.
Tuesday, April 27th
- Hollyfrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association has to do with the ability of a small refinery to qualify for a hardship exemption from the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program under the Clean Air Act if it hasn’t received continuous prior exemptions for an initial exemption.
- U.S. v. Palomar-Santiago concerns whether charges against a non-citizen who illegally re-entered the U.S. should be dismissed if their deportation was due to a misclassification of a prior conviction.
Wednesday, April 28th
- Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. has to do with the ability of public school officials to discipline students for off-campus speech activities.
- PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey concerns a dispute over a PennEast project to construct a natural gas pipeline that runs through the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
— Eric Revell
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