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Recent Decisions

January 14, 2020
Retirement Plans Comm. of IBM v. Jander (18-1165)
The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to give the Second Circuit the opportunity to decide whether to entertain the parties’ arguments on ERISA’s duty of prudence.

Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC (18-938)
A bankruptcy court’s order unreservedly denying relief from the automatic stay of creditor debt-collection efforts outside the bankruptcy forum, see 11 U. S. C. §362(a), is final and immediately appealable under 28 U. S. C. §158(a).

December 11, 2019
Peter v. NantKwest, Inc. (18-801)
The Patent and Trademark Office cannot recover the salaries of its legal personnel as “expenses” in civil actions brought by patent applicants pursuant to 35 U. S. C. §145.

December 10, 2019
Rotkiske v. Klemm (18-328)
Absent the application of an equitable doctrine, the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act’s statute of limitations for bringing a private civil action against debt collectors who engage in certain prohibited practices, 15 U. S. C. §1692k(d), begins to run when the alleged violation occurs, not when it is discovered.

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Lincoln’s First Appointment to the Court

Noah H. Swayne was the first of President Abraham Lincoln’s five appointments to the Supreme Court. Born in Virginia to Quaker parents, Swayne later relocated to the free state of Ohio because of his opposition to slavery. He held various elected positions in Ohio, starting in 1826 as the prosecuting attorney of Coshocton County, followed by his election in 1829 to the Ohio legislature. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson appointed Swayne as the U.S. attorney for Ohio, a position he held for over 10 years. Following his service as U.S. attorney, Swayne returned to private practice. On January 21, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Swayne to fill the vacancy on the Court following the death of Justice John McLean. At the time of the appointment, the National Intelligencer congratulated the president on choosing a nominee of “great legal training and eminence in the walks of his profession.” Swayne served on the Court for nearly 19 years until he retired in 1881.


Justice Noah H. Swayne, circa 1871.
Justice Noah H. Swayne, circa 1871.
Photograph by Freeman Thorp, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

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