In a show of strength, the US Supreme Court has issued five decisions during the early weeks of its 2016-2017 term, and they were all unanimous opinions.
- 12/06/16 - Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. - Patents: In the case of a multicomponent product, the relevant "article of manufacture" for arriving at a §289 damages award need not be the end product sold to the consumer but may be only a component of that product.
- 12/06/16 - Salman v. United States - Insider trading: A jury could infer that the tipper in Salman's case personally benefited from making a gift of confidential information to a trading relative.
- 12/06/16 - State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby - False Claims Act: A violation of the FCA's seal requirement does not mandate dismissal of a relator's complaint. [Details: Supreme Court holds: False Claims Act seal violation does not require dismissal]
- 11/29/16 - Bravo-Fernandez v. United States - Double Jeopardy: The issue-preclusion component of the Double Jeopardy Clause does not bar the Government from retrying defendants after a jury has returned irreconcilably inconsistent verdicts of conviction and acquittal and the convictions are later vacated for legal error unrelated to the inconsistency.
- 10/11/16 - Bosse v. Oklahoma - Capital sentencing: Re-affirmed Booth v. Maryland, 482 U. S. 496 (1987), holding that "the Eighth Amendment prohibits a capital sentencing jury from considering victim impact evidence" that does not "relate directly to the circumstances of the crime."
[For recent decisions and pending employment law cases, see US Supreme Court Watch.]
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