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Oral Arguments

Week of Monday, March 18

Monday, March 18
VA House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill (18-281)
Smith v. Berryhill (17-1606)

Tuesday, March 19
Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt (18-315)

Wednesday, March 20
Flowers v. Mississippi (17-9572)

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Recent Decisions

March 20, 2019
Frank v. Gaos (17-961) (Per Curiam)
This class action settlement case is remanded for the courts below to address the plaintiffs’ standing in light of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 578 U. S. ___.

Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP (17-1307)
A business engaged in no more than nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings is not a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, except for the limited purpose of enforcing security interests under 15 U. S. C. §1692f(6).

March 19, 2019
Air & Liquid Systems Corp. v. DeVries (17-1104)
In the maritime tort context, a product manufacturer has a duty to warn when its product requires incorporation of a part, the manufacturer knows or has reason to know that the integrated product is likely to be dangerous for its intended uses, and the manufacturer has no reason to believe that the product’s users will realize that danger.

Nielsen v. Preap (16-1363)
The Ninth Circuit’s judgments—that respondents, who are deportable for certain specified crimes, are not subject to 8 U. S. C. §1226(c)(2)’s mandatory-detention requirement because they were not arrested by immigration officials as soon as they were released from jail—are reversed, and the cases are remanded.

Washington State Dept. of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc. (16-1498)
The Supreme Court of Washington’s judgment—that the “right to travel” provision of the 1855 Treaty Between the United States and the Yakama Nation of Indians pre-empts the State’s fuel tax as applied to Cougar Den’s importation of fuel by public highway for sale within the reservation—is affirmed.

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Did You Know...

The Hike That Saved the C&O Canal

The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal began in 1828 to bring coal, lumber, and other goods from the Appalachian Mountains to Washington, D.C. The canal closed as a commercial waterway in 1924, having been replaced by the railroad. In January 1954, after The Washington Post’s editorial board wrote in favor of a proposal to turn the unused canal into a parkway, they were met with a letter to the editor from Justice William O. Douglas. He challenged the editorial’s author, Merlo Pusey, to walk the length of the canal with him; Pusey agreed. Word of the hike spread and nearly 60 others joined them in March 1954 for the 175-mile hike from Lock 72 near Cumberland, Maryland, to Washington, D.C. Hikers included prominent naturalists, conservationists, reporters, and government officials on both sides of the debate. The hike changed Pusey’s mind, and was a turning point in convincing others to preserve the canal. In 1971, the canal became a National Park and a few years later, a bronze bust of Douglas was dedicated to commemorate his role in saving it. The C&O Canal Association holds a hike in Douglas’ honor each year.

To read Justices Douglas’ letter to editor in full, click here.


Only nine hikers, known as “The Immortal Nine,” hiked the entire distance, which took eight days and occurred March 20-28, 1954.  Justice Douglas is fourth from the right.
Only nine hikers, known as “The Immortal Nine,” hiked the entire distance, which took eight days and occurred March 20-28, 1954. Justice Douglas is fourth from the right.
Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service

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