2010 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Stephen Breyer

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer during the 2010 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which began October 4, 2010 and concluded October 1, 2011. This was the seventeenth term of Breyer’s tenure on the Court. Stephen Breyer, SCOTUS photo portrait.jpg
Stephen Breyer 2010 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
5
Concurrence
1
Other
11
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 25
Bench opinions = 22 Opinions relating to orders = 3 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous decisions: 0 Most joined by: Ginsburg (15) Least joined by: Thomas (3)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
1-01


Los Angeles County v. Humphries • [full text] 562 U.S. ___ (2010)

42 U.S.C. § 1983  • "policy or custom" liability requirement  • damages Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito, Sotomayor
Breyer's 8-0 opinion held that a municipality can only be liable under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for an injury caused by that municipality's own "policy or custom", regardless of whether the plaintiff seeks prospective relief or monetary damages.
2-02


Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

1-03


Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc. 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito, Sotomayor
2-04


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

First Amendment  • free speech  • intentional infliction of emotional distress
2-05


Pepper v. United States 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines
4-06


Milner v. Department of Navy 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

1-07


Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito, Sotomayor
3-08


Cullen v. Pinholster 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

5-09


Kiyemba v. Obama 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Guantanamo Bay detainees Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor
Breyer filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari.
4-10


AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Federal Arbitration Act  • federal preemption  • class actions Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
1-11


CIGNA Corp. v. Amara 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito, Kagan
4-12


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

Ginsburg
1-13


United States v. Tinklenberg 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito, Sotomayor; Roberts, Scalia, Thomas (in part)
1-14


Fowler v. United States 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, Sotomayor, Kagan
4-15


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

Ginsburg
2-16


Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia, Alito
4-17


Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
4-18


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

Ginsburg
1-19


Turner v. Rogers 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
4-20


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

Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
4-21


Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc. 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Ginsburg, Kagan
4-22


Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn. 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

2-23


J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Alito
4-24


Leal Garcia v. Texas 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations  • domestication of international law  • due process Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
Breyer dissented from the Court's denial of a stay of execution
4-25


Valle v. Florida 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty
Breyer dissented from the Court's denial of stay, in a case arguing that executing the petitioner after he spent 33 years on death row constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

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