The Supremes

Every woman for herself: Supreme Court smacks down class action against Wal-Mart

Every woman for herself: Supreme Court smacks down class action against Wal-MartJune 21, 2011 Grammar

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that the discrimination action brought by female WalMart employees from various states could not proceed as one overarching class action. From the NYTimes.com, here’s an explanation of the challenge the plaintiffs will face in proceeding outside the class action context: In the Wal-Mart case, there is abundant evidence that women [...]

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Supreme Court haiku: I’m in love

Supreme Court haiku: I'm in loveMarch 14, 2011 Brief writing

In researching Monday’s sprawling Blawg Review #302, I came across Supreme Court Haiku, a most charming blawg. (Am I really going to start using that word? Oy.) The blog is as simple and delightful as its name suggests, and as haiku itself.  The blog’s tagline: the law of the land in seventeen syllables.  They’ve got haikus about [...]

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In stunning reversal, Supreme Court recognizes that corporations are not people after all.

In stunning reversal, Supreme Court recognizes that corporations are not people after all.March 1, 2011 Grammar

The Supreme Court ruled today that although a corporation is a “person” (thanks to Citizens United), it has no right to “personal privacy.” The Court rejected AT&T’s effort to wield its “personal privacy” rights to block the release of documents it deemed unflattering. But wait, there’s more! Roberts’s (yes, it end in ‘s) decision is [...]

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Laughter on the Supreme Court: New gal in town

Laughter on the Supreme Court: New gal in townJanuary 17, 2011 The Supremes

Today’s Washington Post has a great graphic showing which justices’ comments during oral argument provoked the most laughter. The map also breaks down the data according to the target of the funny comment, whether an advocate’s argument, a fellow justice, or the justice himself. (Or, rarely, herself: the data was collected in the 2006-07 term, [...]

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