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PLF Unveils “Top Five Cases to Watch: Supreme Court 2012”

January 2, 2012 Comments off

PLF Unveils “Top Five Cases to Watch: Supreme Court 2012”</strong>
Source: Pacific Legal Foundation

On the cusp of the New Year, Pacific Legal Foundation today released its list of the “Top Five Cases Confronting the United States Supreme Court in 2012.”

The Supreme Court’s 2011-2012 term is shaping up to be one of the liveliest in recent history. The Court has already agreed to hear a number of cases that could yield landmark decisions affecting the lives of millions of Americans. The justices will also be deciding whether to accept other high-profile cases with broad potential impact.

Here are PLF’s picks for the Top Five Cases to Watch in 2012. PLF is involved in all of them, either representing a party, or as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”):

  1. Florida v. Department of Health & Human Services
  2. Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
  4. Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center
  5. California Grocers Association v. City of Los Angeles

At the very top of the list are two cases that the Supreme Court has already accepted: the Florida challenge to key provisions of the new federal health care law (in which PLF will file as amicus curiae), and Sackett v. EPA, in which PLF attorneys represent the petitioners, Mike and Chantell Sackett.

The last three cases, which also have potential to set important precedents, are currently before the Court on petitions for certiorari; the Court is expected to announce early in the year whether it will accept these cases.

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