2010 term United States Supreme Court opinions of John Roberts

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The 2010 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 4, 2010 and concluded October 1, 2011. This was the sixth term of Chief Justice John Roberts's tenure on the Court. File-Official roberts CJ cropped.jpg
John Roberts 2010 term statistics
Majority or Plurality
Concurrence/dissent Total = 12
Bench opinions = 11 Opinions relating to orders = 0 In-chambers opinions = 1
Unanimous opinions: 1 Most joined by: Scalia, Alito (10) Least joined by: Kagan (3)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions

Mayo Foundation for Medical Ed. and Research v. United States • [full text] 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Social Security  • Federal Insurance Contributions Act  • student tax exemptions  • United States administrative law  • Chevron deference Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor
Roberts' opinion for a unanimous Court upheld a regulation issued by the Treasury Department that categorically excluded those working at least 40 hours a week from eligibility for a student worker exemption from Social Security taxes. The regulation was challenged by the Mayo Foundation, which employed medical residents as part of their continuing hands-on education. The Court clarified that Chevron deference applied to the Treasury Department's regulation, notwithstanding prior decisions to the contrary that had applied a less deferential standard to tax regulations. Applying Chevron, the Court found that the statutory exemption was silent on the definition of "student" and its specific application to medical residents, which left the issue to the Treasury Department as the implementing agency, and that the full-time student regulation was a reasonable construction of the statute .

FCC v. AT&T Inc. 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor

Snyder v. Phelps 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

First Amendment  • free speech  • intentional infliction of emotional distress Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan

Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy v. Stewart 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Eleventh Amendment Alito

Chamber of Commerce of United States of America v. Whiting 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Kennedy, Alito; Thomas (in part)

Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior Univ. v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan

Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. 563 U.S. ___ (2011)


Stern v. Marshall 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito

Freeman v. United States 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Thomas, Alito

CSX Transp., Inc. v. McBride 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Kennedy, Alito

Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito

Gray v. Kelly • [full text] 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts denied an application for a stay. The petitioner sought certiorari of his state court conviction. The stay he sought, however, was not of the state court judgment, but of the briefing schedule entered by the district court in which he had separately initiated habeas proceedings. Roberts ruled that the petitioner had not established that he was entitled to that relief.