2009 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The 2009 term of the Supreme Court of the United States 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. 1 October 20, 2009
2 Bobby v. Van Hook, 558 U.S. 4 November 9, 2009
3 Wong v. Belmontes, 558 U.S. 15 November 16, 2009
4 Porter v. McCollum, 558 U.S. 30 November 30, 2009
5 Michigan v. Fisher, 558 U.S. 45 December 7, 2009
6 Beard v. Kindler, 558 U.S. 53 November 2, 2009 December 8, 2009
7 Union Pacific v. Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, 558 U.S. 67 October 7, 2009 December 8, 2009
8 Alvarez v. Smith, 558 U.S. 87 October 14, 2009 December 8, 2009
*
9 Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter, 558 U.S. 100 October 5, 2009 December 8, 2009
*
10 McDaniel v. Brown, 558 U.S. 120 January 11, 2010
11 Smith v. Spisak, 558 U.S. 139 October 13, 2009 January 12, 2010
*
12 NRG Power Marketing, LLC v. Maine Pub. Util. Comm'n, 558 U.S. 165 October 13, 2009 January 13, 2010
13 Hollingsworth v. Perry, 558 U.S. 183 January 13, 2010
14 Presley v. Georgia, 558 U.S. 209 January 19, 2010
15 Wellons v. Hall, 558 U.S. 220 January 19, 2010
2
1
1
2
16 Kucana v. Holder, 558 U.S. 233 November 10, 2009 January 20, 2010
17 South Carolina v. North Carolina, 558 U.S. 256 October 13, 2009 January 20, 2010
18 Wood v. Allen, 558 U.S. 290 November 4, 2009 January 20, 2010
19 Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, 558 U.S. 310 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. 1 November 3, 2009 January 25, 2010
*
*
21 Briscoe v. Virginia,[1] 559 U.S. 32 January 25, 2010
22 Wilkins v. Gaddy, 559 U.S. 34 February 22, 2010
23 Thaler v. Haynes, 559 U.S. 43 February 22, 2010
24 Florida v. Powell, 559 U.S. 50 December 7, 2009 February 23, 2010
* *
25 Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 559 U.S. 77 November 10, 2009 February 23, 2010
26 Maryland v. Shatzer, 559 U.S. 98 October 5, 2009 February 24, 2010
1
* 2
27 Kiyemba v. Obama, 559 U.S. 131 March 1, 2010
28 Johnson v. United States, 559 U.S. 133 October 6, 2009 March 2, 2010
29 Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, 559 U.S. 154 October 7, 2009 March 2, 2010
30 Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co., 559 U.S. 175 January 19, 2010 March 2, 2010
31 Bloate v. United States, 559 U.S. 196 October 6, 2009 March 8, 2010
32 Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P. A. v. United States, 559 U.S. 229 December 1, 2009 March 8, 2010
* 1
* 2
33 United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa, 559 U.S. 260 December 1, 2009 March 23, 2010
34 Graham Cty. ...Consv. Dist. v. United States ex rel. Wilson, 559 U.S. 280 November 30, 2009 March 30, 2010
*
35 Berghuis v. Smith, 559 U.S. 314 January 20, 2010 March 30, 2010
36 Jones v. Harris Associates, 559 U.S. 335 November 2, 2009 March 30, 2010
37 Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 October 13, 2009 March 31, 2010
38 Shady Grove Orthopedic Assoc. P.A. v. Allstate Ins., 559 U.S. 393 November 2, 2009 March 31, 2010
*
*
*
39 United States v. Stevens, 559 U.S. 460 October 6, 2009 April 20, 2010
40 Conkright v. Frommert, 559 U.S. 506 January 20, 2010 April 21, 2010
41 Perdue v. Kenny A., 559 U.S. 542 October 14, 2009 April 21, 2010
1
2
42 Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA, 559 U.S. 573 January 13, 2010 April 21, 2010
1
2
43 Merck & Co. v. Reynolds, 559 U.S. 633 November 30, 2009 April 27, 2010
1
2
2
44 Stolt-Nielsen S. A. v. AnimalFeeds Int'l Corp., 559 U.S. 662 December 9, 2009 April 27, 2010
45 Salazar v. Buono, 559 U.S. 700 October 7, 2009 April 28, 2010
* 1
1
2
*
2
1
2
* 3
1
46 Renico v. Lett, 559 U.S. 766 March 29, 2010 May 3, 2010
*
47 Hui v. Castaneda, 559 U.S. 799 March 2, 2010 May 3, 2010
48 Abbott v. Abbott, 560 U.S. 1 January 12, 2010 May 17, 2010
49 Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48 November 9, 2009 May 17, 2010
1
2
1
1
2
1* 2
2
50 United States v. Comstock, 560 U.S. 126 January 12, 2010 May 17, 2010
*
1
2
51 Sullivan v. Florida,[2] 560 U.S. 181 May 17, 2010
52 American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, 560 U.S. 183 January 13, 2010 May 24, 2010
53 Lewis v. Chicago, 560 U.S. 205 February 22, 2010 May 24, 2010
54 United States v. O'Brien, 560 U.S. 218 February 23, 2010 May 24, 2010
1
2
55 Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 560 U.S. 242 April 26, 2010 May 24, 2010
*
56 United States v. Marcus, 560 U.S. 258 February 24, 2010 May 24, 2010
57 Robertson v. United States ex rel. Watson, 560 U.S. 272 May 24, 2010
1
1
1 2
1 2
58 Jefferson v. Upton, 560 U.S. 284 May 24, 2010
59 Samantar v. Yousuf, 560 U.S. 305 March 3, 2010 June 1, 2010
1
2
3
60 Alabama v. North Carolina, 560 U.S. 330 January 11, 2010 June 1, 2010
* 1 2
*
* 1
* 2
*
61 Berghuis v. Thompkins, 560 U.S. 370 March 1, 2010 June 1, 2010
62 Levin v. Commerce Energy, Inc., 560 U.S. 413 March 22, 2010 June 1, 2010
2
1
2
3
63 Carr v. United States, 560 U.S. 438 February 24, 2010 June 1, 2010
*
64 Barber v. Thomas, 560 U.S. 474 March 30, 2010 June 7, 2010
65 Hamilton v. Lanning, 560 U.S. 505 March 22, 2010 June 7, 2010
66 Krupski v. Costa Crociere S. p. A., 560 U.S. 538 April 21, 2010 June 7, 2010
67 United States v. Juvenile Male, 560 U.S. 558 June 7, 2010
68 Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder, 560 U.S. 563 March 31, 2010 June 14, 2010
1
2
69 Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 February 22, 2010 June 14, 2010
70 Dolan v. United States, 560 U.S. 605 April 20, 2010 June 14, 2010
71 Holland v. Florida, 560 U.S. 631 March 1, 2010 June 14, 2010
*
72 New Process Steel, L. P. v. NLRB, 560 U.S. 674 March 23, 2010 June 17, 2010
61 Stop the Beach Renourishment v. FL Dept. of Env. Protection, 560 U.S. 702 December 2, 2009 June 17, 2010
*
* 1
* 2
* 2
* 1
74 Ontario v. Quon, 560 U.S. 746 April 19, 2010 June 17, 2010
1
* 2
75 Schwab v. Reilly, 560 U.S. 770 November 3, 2009 June 17, 2010
76 Dillon v. United States, 560 U.S. 817 March 30, 2010 June 17, 2010
77 Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, 561 U.S. 1 February 23, 2010 June 21, 2010
78 Rent-A-Center, West, Inc. v. Jackson, 561 U.S. 63 April 26, 2010 June 21, 2010
79 Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. v. Regal-Beloit Corp., 561 U.S. 89 March 24, 2010 June 21, 2010
80 Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 561 U.S. 139 April 27, 2010 June 21, 2010
81 Doe v. Reed, 561 U.S. 186 April 28, 2010 June 24, 2010
1 5
2
5
1 3
4
5
82 Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 561 U.S. 247 March 29, 2010 June 24, 2010
1
1
2
83 Granite Rock Co. v. Teamsters, 561 U.S. 287 January 19, 2010 June 24, 2010
*
*
84 Magwood v. Patterson, 561 U.S. 320 March 24, 2010 June 24, 2010
*
*
*
*
85 Skilling v. United States, 561 U.S. 358 March 1, 2010 June 24, 2010
*
* 1
* 1*
* 1
*
* 2
*
86 Black v. United States, 561 U.S. 465 December 8, 2009 June 24, 2010
1
2
1
87 Weyhrauch v. United States,[3] 561 U.S. 476 June 24, 2010
88 Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Co. Acct. Oversight Bd., 561 U.S. 477 December 7, 2009 June 28, 2010
89 Bilski v. Kappos, 561 U.S. 593 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. 661 April 19, 2010 June 28, 2010
1
2
91 McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 March 2, 2010 June 28, 2010
1
1
* 2
2
2
*
2
92 Sears v. Upton, 561 U.S. 945 June 29, 2010
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# Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens Scalia Kennedy Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito Sotomayor

2009 term membership and statistics[edit]

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

Justice Appointment history Agreement with judgment Opinions filed
Seniority Name President Date confirmed  % # Total
Chief Justice Roberts, JohnJohn Roberts Bush, George W.George W. Bush September 29, 2005 90.2% 83/92 8 3 2 2 15
Associate Justice Stevens, John PaulJohn Paul Stevens Ford, GeraldGerald Ford December 19, 1975 72.5% 66/91 6 13 2 12 33
Associate Justice Scalia, AntoninAntonin Scalia Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan September 26, 1986 87% 80/92 8 15 0 6 29
Associate Justice Kennedy, AnthonyAnthony Kennedy Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan February 18, 1988 90.2% 83/92 9 8 0 4 21
Associate Justice Thomas, ClarenceClarence Thomas Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush October 23, 1991 84.8% 78/92 8 13 1 4 26
Associate Justice Ginsburg, Ruth BaderRuth Bader Ginsburg Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 10, 1993 79.3% 73/92 9 3 0 3 15
Associate Justice Breyer, StephenStephen Breyer Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 3, 1994 76.9% 70/91 9 6 2 7 24
Associate Justice Alito, SamuelSamuel Alito Bush, George W.George W. Bush January 31, 2006 86.7% 78/90 8 10 0 7 25
Associate Justice Sotomayor, SoniaSonia Sotomayor Obama, BarackBarack Obama August 6, 2009 80.2% 69/86 8 2 2 4 16
Totals
73 73 9 49 204


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. 305 (2009).
  2. ^ In Sullivan v. Florida, 560 U.S. 181 (2010), the Court dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  3. ^ In Weyhrauch v. United States, 561 U.S. 476 (2010), the Court vacated the lower court's decision and remanded for further consideration in light of Skilling v. United States, 561 U.S. 358 (2010), handed down the same day.

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