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  • Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. Please see all COVID-19 announcements here.
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Recent Decisions


April 09, 2021
       
Tandon v. Newsom (20A151) (Per Curiam)
California is enjoined from enforcing that State’s COVID–19 restrictions on private gatherings as applied to applicants’ at-home religious exercise pending disposition of the appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari, if any.



April 05, 2021
         
Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. (18-956)
Google’s limited copying of the Java SE Application Programming Interface allowed programmers to put their accrued talents to work in a transformative program and constituted a fair use of that material under copyright law.



April 01, 2021
     
Florida v. Georgia (142, Orig.)
Florida fails to establish that Georgia’s overconsumption of interstate waters was either a substantial factor contributing to, or the sole cause of, Florida’s injuries.

         
FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project (19-1231)
The Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 decision to repeal or modify three of its media ownership rules was not arbitrary or capricious for purposes of the Administrative Procedure Act.

         
Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid (19-511)
To qualify as an “automatic telephone dialing system” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, a device must have the capacity either to store, or to produce, a telephone number using a random or sequential number generator.



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Forgotten Legacy: Judicial Portraits by Cornelia Adèle Fassett


Discover the work of Cornelia Adèle Fassett, one of the first female portrait artists of the 19th century to portray American presidents, politicians, and Supreme Court Justices.

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Portrait of Cornelia Adèle Fassett by Mathew Brady.
Portrait of Cornelia Adèle Fassett by Mathew Brady.
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Justice Benjamin R. Curtis resigned from the Supreme Court in 1857, in the aftermath of the Dred Scott  v. Sanford  decision. Curtis returned to private practice and wrote this letter to the Clerk of the Court, William T. Carroll, asking, “May I trespass on your kindness to ask you to have all the old printed records which belong to me, boxed up & sent to my address here. I occasionally desire to refer to them.” Following his resignation, Curtis went on to argue more than 50 cases before the Supreme Court.

 

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Letter from former Justice Benjamin R. Curtis to Clerk William T. Carroll, November 8, 1858.
Letter from former Justice Benjamin R. Curtis to Clerk William T. Carroll, November 8, 1858.
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Benjamin R. Curtis was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Millard Fillmore in 1851 and served until his resignation in 1857. Photograph by John Adams Whipple, c. 1861.
Benjamin R. Curtis was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Millard Fillmore in 1851 and served until his resignation in 1857. Photograph by John Adams Whipple, c. 1861.
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