2009 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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This is a list of the opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States delivered during its 2009 term, which began October 5, 2009 and concluded October 3, 2010. The table illustrates which opinion was filed by each justice in each case, and which justices joined each opinion.

Table key[edit]


Delivered the Court's opinion

Joined the Court's opinion

Filed a concurrence

Joined a concurrence

Filed a dissent

Joined a dissent

Filed a concurrence/dissent

Joined a concurrence/dissent

Did not participate in the decision
  • Decisions that do not note an argument date were decided without oral argument. Decisions that do not note a Justice delivering the Court's opinion are per curiam.
  • Multiple concurrences and dissents within a case are numbered, with joining votes numbered accordingly. Justices frequently join multiple opinions in a single case; each vote is subdivided accordingly.
  • An asterisk ( * ) in the Court's opinion denotes that it was only a majority in part or a plurality. An asterisk in a joining vote denotes that the justice joined it only in part.
  • A dash ( - ) denotes that the Justice concurred or dissented without filing a separate opinion.

2009 term opinions[edit]


Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens Scalia Kennedy Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito Sotomayor
1

Corcoran v. Levenhagen, 558 U.S. ___ October 20, 2009
2

Bobby v. Van Hook, 558 U.S. ___ November 9, 2009


3

Wong v. Belmontes, 558 U.S. ___ November 16, 2009
4

Porter v. McCollum, 558 U.S. ___ November 30, 2009
5

Michigan v. Fisher, 558 U.S. ___ December 7, 2009
6

Beard v. Kindler, 558 U.S. ___ November 2, 2009 December 8, 2009




7

Union Pacific v. Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, 558 U.S. ___ October 7, 2009 December 8, 2009
8

Alvarez v. Smith, 558 U.S. ___ October 14, 2009 December 8, 2009
*

9

Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter, 558 U.S. ___ October 5, 2009 December 8, 2009
*

10

McDaniel v. Brown, 558 U.S. ___ January 11, 2010




11

Smith v. Spisak, 558 U.S. ___ October 13, 2009 January 12, 2010
*

12

NRG Power Marketing, LLC v. Maine Pub. Util. Comm'n, 558 U.S. ___ October 13, 2009 January 13, 2010
13

Hollingsworth v. Perry, 558 U.S. ___ January 13, 2010
14

Presley v. Georgia, 558 U.S. ___ January 19, 2010
15

Wellons v. Hall, 558 U.S. ___ January 19, 2010 2 1 1 2
16

Kucana v. Holder, 558 U.S. ___ November 10, 2009 January 20, 2010
17

South Carolina v. North Carolina, 558 U.S. ___ October 13, 2009 January 20, 2010
18

Wood v. Allen, 558 U.S. ___ November 4, 2009 January 20, 2010
19

Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, 558 U.S. ___ September 9, 2009 January 21, 2010


1
*

1


2
*

2*

2
*

1
*

1


1

2
*

1
20

Hemi Group, LLC v. City of New York, 559 U.S. ___ November 3, 2009 January 25, 2010 *
*

21

Briscoe v. Virginia,[1] 559 U.S. ___ January 25, 2010
22

Wilkins v. Gaddy, 559 U.S. ___ February 22, 2010
23

Thaler v. Haynes, 559 U.S. ___ February 22, 2010
24

Florida v. Powell, 559 U.S. ___ December 7, 2009 February 23, 2010
*

*
25

Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 559 U.S. ___ November 10, 2009 February 23, 2010
26

Maryland v. Shatzer, 559 U.S. ___ October 5, 2009 February 24, 2010 1
*

2
27

Kiyemba v. Obama, 559 U.S. ___ March 1, 2010
28

Johnson v. United States, 559 U.S. ___ October 6, 2009 March 2, 2010
29

Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, 559 U.S. ___ October 7, 2009 March 2, 2010
30

Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co., 559 U.S. ___ January 19, 2010 March 2, 2010
31

Bloate v. United States, 559 U.S. ___ October 6, 2009 March 8, 2010


32

Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P. A. v. United States, 559 U.S. ___ December 1, 2009 March 8, 2010
*

1
*

2
33

United States Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa, 559 U.S. ___ December 1, 2009 March 23, 2010
34

Graham Cty. ...Consv. Dist. v. United States ex rel. Wilson, 559 U.S. ___ November 30, 2009 March 30, 2010
*

35

Berghuis v. Smith, 559 U.S. ___ January 20, 2010 March 30, 2010


36

Jones v. Harris Associates, 559 U.S. ___ November 2, 2009 March 30, 2010


37

Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. ___ October 13, 2009 March 31, 2010
38

Shady Grove Orthopedic Assoc. P.A. v. Allstate Ins., 559 U.S. ___ November 2, 2009 March 31, 2010
*

* *
39

United States v. Stevens, 559 U.S. ___ October 6, 2009 April 20, 2010
40

Conkright v. Frommert, 559 U.S. ___ January 20, 2010 April 21, 2010
41

Perdue v. Kenny A., 559 U.S. ___ October 14, 2009 April 21, 2010


1


2
42

Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA, 559 U.S. ___ January 13, 2010 April 21, 2010 1


2
43

Merck & Co. v. Reynolds, 559 U.S. ___ November 30, 2009 April 27, 2010 1 2 2
44

Stolt-Nielsen S. A. v. AnimalFeeds Int'l Corp., 559 U.S. ___ December 9, 2009 April 27, 2010
45

Salazar v. Buono, 559 U.S. ___ October 7, 2009 April 28, 2010
*

1
1 2 * 2 1 2
*

3
1
46

Renico v. Lett, 559 U.S. ___ March 29, 2010 May 3, 2010 *
47

Hui v. Castaneda, 559 U.S. ___ March 2, 2010 May 3, 2010
48

Abbott v. Abbott, 560 U.S. ___ January 12, 2010 May 17, 2010
49

Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. ___ November 9, 2009 May 17, 2010 1


2
1 1


2
1*

2


2
50

United States v. Comstock, 560 U.S. ___ January 12, 2010 May 17, 2010 * 1 2
51

Sullivan v. Florida,[2] 560 U.S. ___ May 17, 2010
52

American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, 560 U.S. ___ January 13, 2010 May 24, 2010
53

Lewis v. Chicago, 560 U.S. ___ February 22, 2010 May 24, 2010
54

United States v. O'Brien, 560 U.S. ___ February 23, 2010 May 24, 2010


1
2
55

Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 560 U.S. ___ April 26, 2010 May 24, 2010
*

56

United States v. Marcus, 560 U.S. ___ February 24, 2010 May 24, 2010
57

Robertson v. United States ex rel. Watson, 560 U.S. ___ May 24, 2010 1 1
1

2
1

2
58

Jefferson v. Upton, 560 U.S. ___ May 24, 2010
59

Samantar v. Yousuf, 560 U.S. ___ March 3, 2010 June 1, 2010 1 2


3
60

Alabama v. North Carolina, 560 U.S. ___ January 11, 2010 June 1, 2010
*

1

2
*

*

1
*

2
*

61

Berghuis v. Thompkins, 560 U.S. ___ March 1, 2010 June 1, 2010
62

Levin v. Commerce Energy, Inc., 560 U.S. ___ March 22, 2010 June 1, 2010 2


1
2 3
63

Carr v. United States, 560 U.S. ___ February 24, 2010 June 1, 2010
*

64

Barber v. Thomas, 560 U.S. ___ March 30, 2010 June 7, 2010
65

Hamilton v. Lanning, 560 U.S. ___ March 22, 2010 June 7, 2010
66

Krupski v. Costa Crociere S. p. A., 560 U.S. ___ April 21, 2010 June 7, 2010
67

United States v. Juvenile Male, 560 U.S. ___ June 7, 2010
68

Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder, 560 U.S. ___ March 31, 2010 June 14, 2010 1 2
69

Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. ___ February 22, 2010 June 14, 2010






70

Dolan v. United States, 560 U.S. ___ April 20, 2010 June 14, 2010
71

Holland v. Florida, 560 U.S. ___ March 1, 2010 June 14, 2010 *
72

New Process Steel, L. P. v. NLRB, 560 U.S. ___ March 23, 2010 June 17, 2010
61

Stop the Beach Renourishment v. FL Dept. of Env. Protection, 560 U.S. ___ December 2, 2009 June 17, 2010 *
*

1
*

2
*

2
*

1
74

Ontario v. Quon, 560 U.S. ___ April 19, 2010 June 17, 2010


1
*

2
75

Schwab v. Reilly, 560 U.S. ___ November 3, 2009 June 17, 2010
76

Dillon v. United States, 560 U.S. ___ March 30, 2010 June 17, 2010
77

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, 561 U.S. ___ February 23, 2010 June 21, 2010
78

Rent-A-Center, West, Inc. v. Jackson, 561 U.S. ___ April 26, 2010 June 21, 2010
79

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. v. Regal-Beloit Corp., 561 U.S. ___ March 24, 2010 June 21, 2010
80

Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 561 U.S. ___ April 27, 2010 June 21, 2010
81

Doe v. Reed, 561 U.S. ___ April 28, 2010 June 24, 2010
1

5
2


5


1

3


4


5
82

Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 561 U.S. ___ March 29, 2010 June 24, 2010 1 1 2
83

Granite Rock Co. v. Teamsters, 561 U.S. ___ January 19, 2010 June 24, 2010
*

*

84

Magwood v. Patterson, 561 U.S. ___ March 24, 2010 June 24, 2010
*

*
*

*

85

Skilling v. United States, 561 U.S. ___ March 1, 2010 June 24, 2010
*

*

1
*

1*
*

1
*

*

2
*

86

Black v. United States, 561 U.S. ___ December 8, 2009 June 24, 2010 1 2 1
87

Weyhrauch v. United States,[3] 561 U.S. ___ June 24, 2010
88

Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Co. Acct. Oversight Bd., 561 U.S. ___ December 7, 2009 June 28, 2010
89

Bilski v. Kappos, 561 U.S. ___ November 9, 2009 June 28, 2010 1
*

2*
* 1
1

2
1
90

Christian Legal Soc. of Hastings College of Law v. Martinez, 561 U.S. ___ April 19, 2010 June 28, 2010


1


2
91

McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. ___ March 2, 2010 June 28, 2010 1


1
*

2
2 2 * 2
92

Sears v. Upton, 561 U.S. ___ June 29, 2010 - -
# Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens Scalia Kennedy Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito Sotomayor

2009 term membership and statistics[edit]

This is the fifth term of Chief Justice Roberts' tenure, the first term for Justice Sotomayor, and the last term for Justice Stevens.

Justice Appointed by Date confirmed  % in majority Opinions filed
Chief Justice John G. Roberts George W. Bush September 29, 2005 90.2%
8

3

2

2

Total=15
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens Gerald Ford December 19, 1975 72.5%
6

13

2

12

Total=33
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia Ronald Reagan September 26, 1986 87.0%
8

15

0

6

Total=29
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy February 18, 1988 90.2%
9

8

0

4

Total=21
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas George H. W. Bush October 23, 1991 84.8%
8

13

1

4

Total=26
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bill Clinton August 10, 1993 79.3%
9

3

0

3

Total=15
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer August 3, 1994 76.9%
9

6

2

7

Total=24
Associate Justice Samuel Alito George W. Bush January 31, 2006 86.7%
8

10

0

7

Total=25
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor Barack Obama August 6, 2009 80.2%
8

2

2

4

Total=16
Notes on statistics:
  • A justice is only included in the majority if he or she joined or concurred in full in the Court's judgment.
  • Percentages are based only on the cases in which a justice participated and are rounded to the nearest one-tenth of one percentage point.
  • The opinion counts only include the bench opinions listed above; opinions relating to orders and in-chambers opinions are not included.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Briscoe v. Virginia, the Court summarily vacated the lower court's decision and remanded for further proceedings consistent with Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 U.S. ___ (2009).
  2. ^ In Sullivan v. Florida, 560 U.S. ___ (2010), the Court dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  3. ^ In Weyhrauch v. United States, 561 U.S. ___ (2010), the Court vacated the lower court's decision and remanded for further consideration in light of Skilling v. United States, 561 U.S. ___ (2010), handed down the same day.

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