The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 first recognized the viability of the so-called “ministerial exception,” an affirmative defense that forecloses discrimination claims against a religious entity when the plaintiff plays a central role in the entity’s core religious mission.

As with many legal questions, however, the trick is delineating the scope of the exception. Although the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on

In a 5-4 per curiam opinion issued late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that California’s restrictions on private gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic are likely unconstitutional and should be enjoined, overturning the Ninth Circuit’s finding to the contrary at the end of last month.

“This is the fifth time the Court has summarily rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis of

The U.S. Supreme Court in a late 6-3 ruling on Friday allowed indoor worship services to resume in California, enjoining the total prohibition on those services in counties within the most restrictive tier of the state’s COVID-19 response blueprint.

The blueprint, enacted on Aug. 28, created a four-tier system for California counties, based on how rampant the virus is in

Reversing the Fifth Circuit’s dismissal of the case, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5-4 opinion Wednesday that the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board’s refusal to reopen a prior disability benefits determination for a former railroad worker is subject to judicial review.

The worker in the case, Manfredo Salinas, began seeking disability benefits in 1992 under the Railroad Retirement Act

California, along with 16 other states and the District of Columbia, filed an amicus brief Thursday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a Ninth Circuit decision striking down a set of Arizona election rules on the basis that they discriminated against voters of color.

In January 2020, the Ninth Circuit held in Democratic National Committee v. Hobbs that an

Dissenting from a Friday decision, a Ninth Circuit judge asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify whether and in what circumstances federal appellate courts can take up an interlocutory appeal when the district court denies a summary judgment motion based on qualified immunity.

Johnson strikes again,” Judge William Fletcher wrote, referring to the high court’s decision in Johnson

Calling the case “riddled with contingencies and speculation that impede judicial review,” the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision on Friday avoided ruling on a challenge to a Trump administration memo excluding unauthorized immigrants from the congressional apportionment base in the 2020 census.

“At the end of the day, the standing and ripeness inquiries both lead to the conclusion

Teeing up an appeal that could either upend or reinforce the NCAA’s model of amateurism for college athletics, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to review a Ninth Circuit decision holding that limits on education-related benefits for student athletes are unreasonable restraints of trade under the Sherman Antitrust Act.

In Alston v. NCAA, which the Ninth Circuit decided

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously held that three military service members didn’t need to be prosecuted for rape within five years of the crimes’ commissions, finding that one of its prior rulings didn’t shorten the statute of limitations for such prosecutions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The charged rapes were committed between 1986 and 2006. During