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The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) is an administrative agency that is the central support entity for the judicial branch providing a wide range of administrative, legal, financial, management, program, and information...

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Does a federal district court lose jurisdiction over a trademark cancellation claim after the trademark holder terminates any infringement actions and promises not to assert its...

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In April 2009, Atlantic Marine Construction Company (“Atlantic”) entered into a construction contract with the Army Corps of Engineers to build a child development center at Fort Hood, Texas. See In re Atl. Constr. Co., 701 F.3d 736, 737 (5th Cir...

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Wisconsin has long faced difficulty drawing its electoral districts—a process commonly known as redistricting. Whitford v. Gill, No. 15-cv-421-bbc, at *5–6 (W.D. Wis. Nov. 21, 2016). In the 1980s, after a Republican governor repeatedly vetoed any...

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In 2012, Respondent Brandon W. Owens filed a class action petition in Kansas state court against Petitioners Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Company, LLC and Cherokee Basin Pipeline, LLC (“Dart and Cherokee”). See Owens v. Dart Cherokee Basin Operating...

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In August 2009, respondent Hillary Bouldin, while driving his car, struck petitioner Rocky Dietz’s car. See Dietz v. Bouldin, 794 F.3d 1093, 1095 (9th Cir. 2015). Dietz sued Bouldin ...

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In August 2009, respondent Hillary Bouldin, while driving his car, struck petitioner Rocky Dietz’s car. See Dietz v. Bouldin, 794 F.3d 1093, 1095 (9th Cir. 2015). Dietz sued Bouldin in Montana state court for physical and mental injuries sustained as a...

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definitionPower of a court to adjudicate cases and issue orders.Territory within which a court or government agency may properly exercise its power. See, e.g. Ruhrgas AG v. Marathon Oil Co. et al., 526 U.S. 574 (1999). jurisdiction: an overview

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In 2001, Petitioner Hollis-Arrington filed a suit, pro se, in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Cendant Mortgage Corporation, Fannie Mae, and Attorneys Equity National Corporation, all of which had participated in...

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Casino-style, or Class III, gaming is lawful on Indian lands under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”) if certain requirements are met. Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, 695 F.3d 406, 410 (6th Cir. 2012).To conduct Class III gaming, an...

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In June 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) jointly adopted the “Waters of the United States” Rule (“WOTUS Rule”) as published in the “Clean Water Rule.” See In re U.S. Dep’t of Def. et al., 817 F...

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Miguel Angel Peña Rodriguez worked as a horse keeper at a horse-racing track. See Pena-Rodriguez v. People, 2015 CO 31, ¶3 (2015); Brief for Respondent, State of Colorado at 4. In May of 2007, a man sexually harassed two teenage girls in the women’s...

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Federal courts will refuse to hear a case if they find that it presents a political question. This doctrine refers to the idea that an issue is so politically charged that federal courts, which are typically viewed as the apolitical branch...

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In July 2002, petitioner James Benjamin Puckett was charged in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas for bank robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. See U.S. v...

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Oral argument: January 14, 2009

Appealed from: United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (Oct. 23. 2007)

CRIMINAL LAW, FEDERAL COURTS, PROCEDURE, SENTENCING, PLAIN ERROR DOCTRINE

James...

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Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates (“Shady Grove”) provided medical care to Sonia Galvez for her injuries as a result of a car accident in May, 2005. See Shady Grove Orthopedic Assocs. v. Allstate Ins. Co. (“Shady Grove I...

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Oral argument: Nov. 2, 2009

Appealed from: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Nov. 19, 2008)

FEDERAL COURTS, ERIE DOCTRINE, CLASS ACTIONS, CHOICE OF LAW

Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates filed a class action lawsuit...

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Petitioner Sprint Communications Company, L.P. (“Sprint”) connected Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) calls from Sprint’s to Windstream’s customers.Sprint Commc’n. Co., L.P. v. Jacobs, et al., 690 F.3d 864, 866 (8th Cir. 2012). ...

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Standing, or locus standi, is capacity of a party to bring suit in court.

 

Standing in State Court

A state's statutes will determine what constitutes standing in that particular state's courts. These typically revolve...

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Whether a named plaintiff in a class action lawsuit can defeat a defendant’s attempt to remove the action to federal court, by stipulating for the named plaintiff and absent potential class...

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Sean Carter was convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and rape and sentenced to death in Ohio. Carter v. Bradshaw, 583 F. Supp. 2d 872, 873 (N.D. Ohio 2008). When Carter refused to discuss a possible appeal, Carter’s counsel...

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Whether the Supreme Court's 1966 decision in Rees v. Peyton, in which a district court determined the mental competence of a death row prisoner in a habeas proceeding, guarantees...

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The trial courts of the federal court system. Congress and the Constitution limit these courts and within these limits, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases.  This includes both civil and...

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Lisa Watson and Loretta Lawson are smokers who purchased “light” cigarettes from tobacco company Philip Morris. Watson v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc., 2003 WL 23272484 *1 (E.D. Ark 2003) (not reported in F. Supp.2d). Watson and Lawson, and...