2012 term per curiam opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The Supreme Court of the United States handed down six per curiam opinions during its 2012 term, which began October 1, 2012 and concluded October 6, 2013.

Because per curiam decisions are issued from the Court as an institution, these opinions all lack the attribution of authorship or joining votes to specific justices. All justices on the Court at the time the decision was handed down are assumed to have participated and concurred unless otherwise noted.

Court membership[edit]

Chief Justice: John Roberts

Associate Justices: Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan

Lefemine v. Wideman[edit]

Full case name: Steven Lefemine, DBA Columbia Christians For Life v. Dan Wideman et al.
Citations: 568 U.S. ___;
Prior history: Award of attorneys fees denied, sub nom. Lefemine v. Davis, 732 F. Supp. 2d 614 (S.C. 2010); aff'd, 672 F. 3d 292 (4th Cir. 2012)
Laws applied:

42 U.S.C. § 1988 (Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Award Act of 1976)


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568 U.S. ___
Decided November 5, 2012.
The Supreme Court vacated a Fourth Circuit ruling that a civil rights plaintiff who had been awarded an injunction, but not monetary damages, was not entitled to attorney's fees as a "prevailing plaintiff" under 42 U.S.C. §1988. The Court ruled that the plaintiff was indeed a "prevailing plaintiff" within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. §1988, "[b]ecause the injunction ordered the defendant officials to change their behavior in a way that directly benefited the plaintiff", and that the plaintiff was therefore entitled to attorney's fees.

Nitro-Lift Technologies, L. L. C. v. Howard[edit]

Full case name: Nitro-Lift Technologies, L. L. C. v. Eddie Lee Howard et al.
Citations: 568 U.S. ___;
Prior history: Dismissed, Okla. Dist. Ct., Johnston Cty.; reversed, 273 P. 3d 20 (Okla. 2011)
Laws applied:

9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. (Federal Arbitration Act)


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568 U.S. ___
Decided November 26, 2012.
The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling that a noncompetition covenant in an employment contract was unenforceable under state law, where the contract as a whole was subject to arbitration. Under the Federal Arbitration Act, the Court wrote, "it is for the arbitrator to decide in the first instance whether the covenants not to compete are valid as a matter of applicable state law."


Marshall v. Rodgers[edit]

Full case name: John Marshall, Warden v. Otis Lee Rodgers
Citations: 569 U.S. ___;
Prior history: Petition denied, (C.D. Cal. 2010); rev'd, Rodgers v. Marshall, 678 F. 3d 1149 (9th Cir. 2012)
Laws applied:

U.S. Const. amend. VI


Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

569 U.S. ___
Decided April 1, 2013.

Boyer v. Louisiana[edit]

Full case name: Jonathan Edward Boyer v. Louisiana
Citations: 569 U.S. ___;
Prior history: Conviction affirmed, 56 So. 3d 1119 (La. Ct. App. 2011); review denied, 78 So. 3d 138 (La. 2012); cert. granted, 568 U.S. ___ (2012)
Laws applied:

U.S. Const. amend. VI


Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

569 U.S. ___
Decided April 29, 2013.
The Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted. Justice Alito filed a concurrence, joined by Justices Scalia and Thomas. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissent, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan.

Nevada v. Jackson[edit]

Full case name: Nevada, et al. v. Calvin O'Neil Jackson
Citations: 569 U.S. ___;
Prior history: Petition denied, D. Nev.; rev'd, 688 F.3d 1091 (9th Cir. 2012)
Laws applied:

U.S. Const. amend. VI; Nev. Rev. Stat. §50.085(3) (2011)


Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

569 U.S. ___
Decided June 3, 2013.

Ryan v. Schad[edit]

Full case name: Charles L. Ryan, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections v. Edward Harold Schad
Citations: 570 U.S. ___;
Prior history: Petition denied, sub nom. Schad v. Schriro, 454 F. Supp. 2d 897 (D. Ariz. 2006); rev'd in part, aff'd in part, remanded, sub nom. Schad v. Ryan, 606 F. 3d 1022 (9th Cir. 2010); vacated and remanded, 563 U.S. ___ (2011); aff'd, 671 F. 3d 708 (9th Cir. 2011); motion for rehearing and for rehearing en banc denied, No. 07–99005 (9th Cir. Feb. 28, 2012); motion to vacate judgment denied, No. 07–99005 (9th Cir. July 27, 2012); cert. denied, 568 U.S. ___ (2012); petition for rehearing denied, 568 U.S. ___ (2013); stay of mandate denied, No. 07–99005 (9th Cir. Feb. 1, 2013); remanded, No. 07–99005, 2013 WL 791610 (9th Cir. Feb. 26, 2013); stay of execution granted, No. 07–99005 (9th Cir. Mar. 1, 2013); motion for rehearing and for rehearing en banc denied, 709 F. 3d 855 (9th Cir. 2013); application to vacate stay of execution denied, 568 U.S. ___ (2013)
Laws applied:

Fed. R. App. P. 41(d)(2)(D)


Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

570 U.S. ___
Decided June 24, 2013.

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