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Recent Decisions


January 22, 2019
         
Helsinn Healthcare S. A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (17-1229)
The sale of an invention to a third party who is obligated to keep the invention confidential may place the invention “on sale” for purposes of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which bars a person from receiving a patent on an invention that was “in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention,” 35 U. S. C. §102(a)(1).



January 15, 2019
         
New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira (17-340)
A court should determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act’s §1 exclusion for disputes involving the “contracts of employment” of certain transportation workers applies before ordering arbitration; here, truck driver Oliveira’s independent contractor operating agreement with New Prime falls within that exception.

         
Stokeling v. United States (17-5554)
The Armed Career Criminal Act’s elements clause encompasses a robbery offense that, like Florida’s law, requires the criminal to overcome the victim’s resistance.



January 08, 2019
         
Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc. (17-1272)
The “wholly groundless” exception to the general rule that courts must enforce contracts that delegate threshold arbitrability questions to an arbitrator, not a court, is inconsistent with the Federal Arbitration Act and this Court’s precedent.

         
Culbertson v. Berryhill (17-773)
The Social Security Act’s fee cap of 25% of past-due benefits imposed on attorneys who successfully represent Title II benefit claimants in court proceedings applies only to fees for court representation and not to aggregate fees for both court and agency representation.



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Did You Know...

The First Electronic News Photograph


Press photographers have always sought to provide timely photographs to news outlets as quickly as possible, which has led to the development of ever-faster technologies. The first electronic transmission of a news photograph—of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist swearing in George H.W. Bush as President of the United States— occurred on January 20, 1989. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Ron Edmonds captured the event using an experimental Nikon black-and-white electronic camera that used no film. Seconds after the image was taken, The Associated Press sent it directly from the inauguration stands to over 1,000 newspapers across the country.

 

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and President George H.W. Bush make history as the subjects of the first electronic transmission of a news photograph on January 20, 1989.
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and President George H.W. Bush make history as the subjects of the first electronic transmission of a news photograph on January 20, 1989.
Photograph by Ron Edmonds for the Associated Press


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