Expert Comment: Pending U.S. Supreme Court Rulings

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Boumediene v. Bush and  Al Odah v. United States

Whether foreign detainees at Guantanamo Bay naval base have a right to challenge their imprisonment in federal court             

  • Kermit Roosevelt, professor of law - Areas of expertise: Constitutional law, conflict of laws, federalism 

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Gall v. United States

Whether federal judges have to justify issuing a prison sentence that differs substantially from federal sentencing guidelines.

  • Paul Robinson, professor of law - Areas of expertise: Criminal law, criminal code reform, criminal sentencing.  He is the former commissioner (1986-88) of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. 

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Gomez-Perez v. Potter

Whether federal age-discrimination law bans retaliation against workers who file age-bias claims

  • Alan Lerner, professor of law - Areas of expertise: Americans with Disabilities Act, employee rights, age discrimination 

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Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific-Atlanta

Whether shareholders of companies that engage in securities fraud can sue company lawyers, investment banks and others who allegedly had a role in the fraud

  • David Skeel, professor of law - Area of expertise: Corporate law 

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Medellin v. Texas

Whether a Mexican national on Texas' death row has a right to a new hearing because he was not told of his opportunity to contact Mexican officials after he was arrested

  • Kermit Roosevelt, professor of law - Areas of expertise: Constitutional law, conflict of laws, federalism 

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Federal Express Corporation v. Paul Holowecki

Whether specific paperwork to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is necessary before age discrimination lawsuits are permissible

  • Alan Lerner, professor of law - Areas of expertise: Americans with Disabilities Act, employee rights, age discrimination