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Lists of United States Supreme Court cases:

  • Lists of United States Supreme Court cases by volume (United States Reports)
  • By recent term : 2000 – 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004 – 2005 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011
  • Other lists: U.S. Landmark decisions (see below), U.S. First Amendment cases, U.S. Indian Tribe cases
  • Lists of cases by Court:

Jay, Rutledge, and Ellsworth Courts (1789–1800)
Marshall Court (1801–1835)
Taney Court (1836–1864)
Chase Court (1864–1873)
Waite Court (1874–1888)
Fuller Court (1888–1910)
White Court (1910–1921)
Taft Court (1921–1930)
Hughes Court (1930–1941)
Stone Court (1941–1946)
Vinson Court (1946–1953)
Warren Court (1953–1969)
Burger Court (1969–1986)
Rehnquist Court (1986–2005)
Roberts Court (2005–present)

Landmarke cases in the United States

By areas of law:

Individual rights
Discrimination based on race
• Dred Scott v. Sandford, Blacks, whether free or slaves, cannot be citizens. Consequently, they cannot sue in federal courts. Also, slavery cannot be outlawed in the western territories before they access statehood. After the Civil War, this decision was voided by the subsequent Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments.
• Plessy v. Ferguson, Segregated facilities for blacks and whites are constitutional under the doctrine of separate but equal, which held for close to years.
• Korematsu v. United States, American citizens of Japanese descent can be interned and deprived of basic constitutional rights; first application of the strict scrutiny test.
• Brown v. Board of Education , segregated schools in the several states are unconstitutional in violation of the th Amendment. Found that “The “separate but equal” doctrine adopted in Plessy v. Ferguson, , has no place in the field of public Education .”
• Bolling v. Sharpe, The companion case to Brown, which held that segregated schools in the District of Columbia violated the th Amendment.
• Loving v. Virginia, Laws that prohibit marriage between races (anti-miscegenation statutes) are unconstitutional.
• Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co., The federal government may prohibit discrimination in housing by private parties under the Civil Rights Act of .
• Gates v. Collier, F.d (th Cir. ) Brought an end to the trustee system and flagrant inmate abuse at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, Mississippi. It was the first case of a body of law developed in the Fifth Circuit holding that a variety of forms of corporal punishment against prisoners was considered cruel and unusual punishment and abolished racial segregation in prison.
• Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke, Race based set-asides in educational opportunities violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. The decision leaves the door open to some race usage in admission decisions. See Grutter v. Bollinger.
• Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena, Race based discrimination, including discrimination in favor of minorities (affirmative action), is subject to strict judicial scrutiny.
• Grutter v. Bollinger, A narrowly tailored use of race in student admission decisions may be permissible under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, as a diverse student body is beneficial for all students (as hinted in Regents v. Bakke).
• Ricci v. DeStefano, – Municipalities may not decline to certify the results of an otherwise fair exam merely because it would have made disproportionately more white applicants eligible for promotion.
Discrimination based on sex
• Muller v. Oregon, Oregon state restrictions on the working hours of women are constitutional.
• Phillips v. Martin Marietta Corp., An employer may not, in the absence of business necessity, refuse to hire women with pre-school-age children while hiring men with such children.
• Reed v. Reed, Administrators of estates cannot be named in a way that discriminates between sexes.
• Frontiero v. Richardson, Sex-based discriminations are inherently suspect. A statute giving benefits to the spouses of male, but not female members of the uniformed services (on the assumption that only the former were dependent) is unconstitutional.
• Craig v. Boren, Setting different minimum ages according to sex (female , male ) to be allowed to buy beer is unconstitutional sex-based discrimination, contrary to the equal protection clause.
• United States v. Virginia, Sex-based “separate but equal” military training facilities violate the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation
• Bowers v. Hardwick, A state may declare the private practice in one’s bedroom of certain sex acts to be a crime; this statute was later struck down by the Georgia State Supreme Court as a violation of the Georgia State Constitution in the case of Powell v. Georgia (actually Powell v. State). Overruled by Lawrence v. Texas.
• Romer v. Evans, A law cannot prohibit anti-discrimination protected class laws for sexual orientation. (specifically for homosexuals and bisexuals in this instance) (decision founded on the Equal Protection Clause).
• Lawrence v. Texas, Texas law criminalizing same-sex adults who engage in consensual sexual conduct furthers no legitimate state interest and violates their right to privacy under the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause. (effectively bans all sodomy laws in the United States)
Birth control and abortion
• Griswold v. Connecticut, Married people are entitled to use contraception and making it a crime to sell to them is unconstitutional. (A later case, Eisenstadt v. Baird, extended this to unmarried adults.)
• Roe v. Wade, Struck down abortion laws restricting abortion prior to viability as unconstitutional, prohibiting most restrictions in the first trimester and permitting only health-related restrictions in the second.
• Planned Parenthood of Se. Pa. v. Casey, Placed tighter restrictions on abortion by upholding parts of Pennsylvania’s abortion laws. Also reaffirmed the decisions of Roe v. Wade but permitted additional restrictions in the first trimester.
• Gonzales v. Carhart, Held that the Congress can prohibit a specific abortion procedure (Intact dilation and extraction—also known as partial-birth abortion) on grounds that it “implicates additional ethical and moral concerns that justify a special prohibition.”
End of life
• Cruzan v. Dir., Mo. Dep’t of Health, Family having requested the termination of life-sustaining treatments of their vegetative relative, the state may constitutionally oppose this request, for lack of evidence of a clear earlier wish by said relative.
• Washington v. Glucksberg, Washington’s prohibition on assisting suicide is constitutional.
• Vacco v. Quill, New York’s prohibition on assisting suicide does not violate the Equal Protection Clause.
• Gonzales v. Oregon, The Controlled Substances Act does not prevent physicians prescribing drugs for the assisted suicide of the terminally ill under state (Oregon) law.
Restrictions on involuntary commitment
• O’Connor v. Donaldson, States could not involuntarily commit citizens to a psychiatric institution if they were not a danger to themselves or others and were capable of living by themselves, or with the aid of responsible family or friends.
Power of Congress to enforce civil rights
• Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States, Interstate commerce, and hence the Federal Civil Rights Act of (prohibiting discrimination against blacks) applies to places of public accommodation patronized by interstate travelers.
• Katzenbach v. McClung, The power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce (Article I, section ) extends to a restaurant not patronized by interstate travelers, but which serves food that has moved in interstate commerce. This ruling makes the Civil Rights Act of apply to virtually all businesses.
• City of Boerne v. Flores, . The enforcement clause of the th Amendment does not permit Congress to substantially increase the scope of the rights determined by the Judiciary. (here, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of ), but can only enact legislation that remedies or prevents actual violations of existing Court-determined rights.
Criminal law
Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure
• Mapp v. Ohio, Evidence obtained by searches and seizures in violation of the United States Constitution is inadmissible in a criminal trial in a state court.
• Katz v. United States, Evidence obtained by wiretapping a public phonebooth without a warrant is not admissible in court, just as if a private phone line had been eavesdropped.
• Vernonia School District J v. Acton, Schools may implement random drug testing upon students participating in school-sponsored athletics.
• Georgia v. Randolph, Police cannot conduct a warrantless search in a home where one occupant consents and the other objects.
• United States v. Antoine Jones, U. S. – Attaching a GPS device to a vehicle and then using the device to monitor the vehicleÂ’s movements constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment.
Right to an Attorney
• Gideon v. Wainwright, Anyone charged with a serious criminal offense has the right to an Attorney and the state must provide one if they are unable to afford legal counsel.
• Escobedo v. Illinois, A person in police custody has the right to speak to an attorney.
• Miranda v. Arizona (and Westover v. United States, Vignera v. New York, and California v. Stewart) Police must advise criminal suspects of their rights under the Constitution to remain silent, to consult with a lawyer and to have one appointed if he is an indigent. The interrogation must stop if the suspect states he or she wishes to remain silent.
• In re Gault Juveniles accused with a crime are protected under the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
• Montejo v. Louisiana, – A defendant may waive his right to counsel for police interrogation, even if police initiate the interrogation after the defendant’s assertion of his right to counsel at an arraignment or similar proceeding. This decision overruled Michigan v. Jackson.
Other rights regarding counsel
• Strickland v. Washington, To obtain relief due to ineffective assistance Of Counsel , a criminal defendant must show that counsel’s performance fell below an objective standard of reasonableness and that counsel’s deficient performance gives rise to a reasonable probability that, if counsel had performed adequately, the result of the proceeding would have been different.
• Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky Criminal defense attorneys are duty-bound to inform clients of the risk of deportation under three circumstances. First, where the law is unambiguous, attorneys must advise their criminal clients that deportation “will” result from a conviction. Second, where the immigration consequences of a conviction are unclear or uncertain, attorneys must advise that deportation “may” result. Finally, attorneys must give their clients some advice about deportation—counsel cannot remain silent about immigration consequences.
Right to remain silent
• Berghuis v. Thompkins [] The right to remain silent does not exist unless the suspect invokes it.
Right to competency evaluation
• Dusky v. United States, Affirmed a defendant’s right to have a competency evaluation before proceeding to trial.
• Ford v. Wainwright, Affirmed a defendant’s right to have a competency evaluation before being executed.
Other competency rights
• Godinez v. Moran, A defendant competent to stand trial is automatically competent to plead guilty or waive the right to legal counsel.
Right to refuse treatment
• Rogers v. Okin, F.Supp. (D. Mass. ) The competency of committed patients is presumed until a patient is adjudicated incompetent.
Capital punishment
• Furman v. Georgia, The method then in effect for imposing the death penalty is unconstitutional.
• Jurek v. Texas A “three-pronged” test for determining if the death penalty should be imposed is constitutional.
• Woodson v. North Carolina, North Carolina’s mandatory death sentence statute violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
• Gregg v. Georgia, Carefully drafted death penalty statutes may be constitutional. This ruling made executions possible again after Furman v. Georgia (see above) had stopped them.
• Proffitt v. Florida, Requirement of comparison of mitigating to aggravating factors to be used to impose death sentence is constitutional.
• Roberts v. Louisiana, Mandatory death sentences are unconstitutional.
• Ford v. Wainwright, Upheld the Common law rule that the insane cannot be executed.
• Roper v. Simmons, A sentence of death may not be imposed on juveniles.
• Kennedy v. Louisiana, A sentence of death may not be imposed for the crime of rape, when the victim did not die and death was not intended.
Other criminal sentences
• Graham v. Florida, – A sentence of life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole, may not be imposed on juvenile non-homicide offenders.
• Miller v. Alabama, Life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole, may not be a mandatory sentence for juvenile offenders.
• Hylton v. United States A tax on the possession of goods is not a “direct” tax, which must be apportioned under Article One of the United States Constitution. First instance of judicial review (compare Judicial review in the United States – Court decisions from to ).
• Ware v. Hylton The US Supreme Court held that the Treaty of Paris superseded an otherwise valid Virginia statute and used the Supremacy Clause to nullify the law. First example of judicial nullification of a State law (compare Judicial review in the United States – Court decisions from to ).
• Marbury v. Madison Section of the Judiciary Act of is unconstitutional to the extent it purports to enlarge the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court beyond that permitted by the Constitution. Congress cannot pass laws that are contrary to the Constitution. First example of judicial nullification of a federal law (compare Judicial review in the United States – Marbury v. Madison).
• Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee, Federal courts may review State court decisions when they rest on federal law or the federal constitution. This decision provides for the uniform interpretation of federal law throughout the various states.
• McCulloch v. Maryland, . The court stated the doctrine of implied powers, from the Necessary and Proper Clause at Article I, section . To fulfill its goal, the federal government may use any means the constitution does not forbid (as opposed to only what the constitution explicitly allow or only what can be proved to be necessary). State government may in no way hinder the legitimate action of the federal government (here, Maryland cannot levy a tax on the Bank of the United States). The court has varied in time on the extents of the implied powers with a markedly narrower reading approximately from the s to the s).
• Gibbons v. Ogden, The power to regulate interstate navigation is granted to Congress by the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
• Ableman v. Booth, State courts cannot issue rulings that contradict the decisions of federal courts.
• Missouri v. Holland, Treaties made by the federal government are supreme over any state concerns about such Treaties having abrogated any states’ rights arising under the Tenth Amendment.
• United States v. Wheeler, The Constitution grants to states, not the federal government, the power to prosecute individuals for wrongful interference with the right to travel.
• National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, Confirmed the constitutionality of The National Labor Relations Act of , which created the National Labor Relations Board. Ruled that the Commerce Clause applies to labor relations, and therefore the NLRB has the right to sanction companies that fire or discriminate against workers for belonging to a union.
• Steward Machine Company v. Davis, The federal government is permitted to impose a tax, even if the goal of the tax is not simply the collection of revenue (in this case, it was argued that a tax upon employers was designed to coerce states into adopting laws providing unemployment compensation).
• United States v. Darby Lumber Co., Affirmed the constitutionality of the Fair Labor Standards Act of under The Commerce Clause, since the act prevented states from lowering labor standards to gain commercial advantage. Affirmed that control over interstate commerce belongs entirely to congress.
• Wickard v. Filburn, The Commerce Clause of the constitution allows congress to regulate anything that has a substantial economic effect on commerce, even if that effect is indirect.
• Cooper v. Aaron, States are bound by the decisions of the Supreme Court and cannot choose to ignore them.
• United States v. Nixon, Ruled that the doctrine of executive privilege is legitimate, however the President cannot invoke it in criminal cases to withhold evidence.
• South Dakota v. Dole, It is permissible to withhold Federal highway funds to encourage states to meet a federal standard setting the minimum legal age for purchasing and possessing alcoholic beverages.
• Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, State law cannot set term limits on members of Congress.
• United States v. Lopez, The Commerce Clause of the Constitution does not give Congress the power to prohibit mere possession of a gun near a school, because gun possession by itself is not an economic activity that affects interstate commerce even indirectly.
• Clinton v. Jones, The President of the United States has no particular immunity, which could require civil law litigation against the President for a dispute unrelated to the office of President (e.g. having occurred before (s) he took office), to be stayed until the end of the President’s term. Such delay would deprive plaintiffs, (and arguably the defendant), of the Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial.
• Clinton v. City of New York, The line-item veto is unconstitutional on a federal level, as it amounts to a presidential amendment to the law without the pre-authorization of Congress. According to the Constitution, Congress must initiate all amendments to existing laws.
• Printz v. United States, Certain interim provisions of the Brady Act requiring state officials to execute a federal law (in doing background checks for gun ownership) are unconstitutional.
• United States v. Morrison, Parts of the Violence Against Women Act of were unconstitutional because they exceeded congressional power under the Commerce Clause and under section of the Fourteenth Amendment.
• Gonzales v. Raich, Congress may ban the use of marijuana even where states approve its use for medicinal purposes.
• National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, ___ The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid is unconstitutional as-written—it is unduly coercive to force the states to choose between participating in the expansion or forgoing all Medicaid funds. In addition, the individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, by virtue of the Taxing and Spending Clause (though not by the Commerce Clause).
First Amendment rights
Freedom of speech and of the press
• Schenck v. United States, Established the idea that “clear and present danger” in certain speech is not protected by the First Amendment. Schenck’s attempts to obstruct recruitment processes were perceived as a “clear and present danger that will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent”.
• Near v. Minnesota, Recognized the freedom of the press by rejecting prior restraints on publication. Except in rare cases, censorship is unconstitutional.
• Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, Established the “fighting words doctrine” that some words are not protected under the First Amendment because they are tantamount to violent actions.
• Roth v. United States (and Alberts v. California), Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment.
• New York Times v. Sullivan (and Abernathy v. Sullivan), Public officials, to prove they were libelled, must show not only that a statement is false, but also that it has been published with malicious intent.
• Brandenburg v. Ohio, Mere Advocacy of the use of force, or of violation of law (in this case, by a Ku Klux Klan leader) is protected by the st Amendment free speech clause. Only inciting others to take direct and immediate unlawful action would be without constitutional protection.
• Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, Wearing armbands is a legitimate form of protest under the First Amendment, even on public school grounds.
• Cohen v. California, One should not be convicted for wearing a jacket in a courtroom emblazoned with the phrase “Fuck the Draft” (in the Vietnam War context), as this is communication, protected by the free speech clause of the st Amendment. The word “fuck” itself, clearly not directed at the hearer, is not in this particular instance a fighting word, and so not without constitutional protection.
• New York Times v. United States, Government’s desire to keep so-called “Pentagon Papers” classified is insufficient to overcome st Amendment hurdle.
• Miller v. California, To be obscene, a work must fail several tests to determine its value to society, essentially having “no redeeming social value” to be so declared.
• Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation, Defined the power of the FCC to regulate indecent broadcasts, including the so-called “seven dirty words” that could then not be said on TV or radio.
• Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, Public school curricular student newspapers that have not been established as forums for student expression are subject to a lower level of First Amendment protection than independent student expression or newspapers established (by policy or practice) as forums for student expression.
• Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, A public figure shown in a parody must show actual malice to claim he is libelled.
• Texas v. Johnson, Law prohibiting burning of the American flag is unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment.
• Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., Nude dancing is not protected by the st Amendment.
• Reno v. ACLU, The Communications Decency Act, regulating certain content on the Internet, is so overbroad as to be an unconstitutional restraint on the st Amendment.
• Erie v. Pap’s A. M., Upholding the ruling that nude dancing is not protected by the st Amendment.
• Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, – limits on corporate and union political expenditures during an election cycle violate the First Amendment.
• Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, – video games are protected forms of media speech and states may not ban the sale of them to minors.
Freedom of religion
• Cantwell v. Connecticut, Free exercise of religion is protected from intrusive state action through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
• Everson v. Board of Education, Government reimbursing transportation costs to and from Catholic schools does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment; however, a wall of separation must be erected between church and state.
• McCollum v. Board of Education, ( ) The use of public school facilities by religious organizations to give religious instruction to school children violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
• Engel v. Vitale, Government-directed prayer in public schools, even if it is denominationally neutral and non-mandatory, violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
• Abington School District v. Schempp (and Murray v. Curlett), The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment forbids state mandated reading of the Bible, or recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.
• Lemon v. Kurtzman, For a law to be considered constitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the law must have a legitimate secular purpose, must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion, and must not result in an excessive entanglement of government and religion.
• Wisconsin v. Yoder, Parents may remove children from public school for religious reasons.
• Edwards v. Aguillard, Teaching creationism in public schools is unconstitutional.
• Lee v. Weisman, Public schools inviting clergy to read prayer at an official ceremony (here a graduation ceremony) violates First Amendment non-establishment clause.
• Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah, Government must show a compelling interest to draw a statute targeting a religion’s ritual (as opposed to a statute that happens to burden the ritual, but is not directed at it). Failing to show such an interest, the prohibition of animal sacrifice is a violation of First Amendment free exercise clause.
• Rosenberger v. University of Virginia, University can not fund secular groups from student dues, then exclude religious ones that also qualify under the same funding scheme.
• Agostini v. Felton, A government program sending government employees to parochial schools (and also, to other private schools) specifically to provide remedial education to disadvantaged children (and not to all children) does not violate the First Amendment non establishment clause.
• Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, F. Supp. d (M.D. Pa. ) Teaching intelligent design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment because intelligent design is not science and “cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents.”
• Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, The Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar suits brought on behalf of ministers against their churches, claiming termination in violation of employment discrimi¬nation laws. The government is by the Establishment Clause barred from appointing ministers and can not interfere with the freedom of religious groups to select their own due to the Free Exercise Clause.
Right to assemble and petition the government
• Hurley v. Irish American Gay Group of Boston, Private parade organizers have a right to exclude groups with whose message they disagree from participating.
• Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Private organizations’ First Amendment right of expressive association allows them to choose their own membership and expel members based on their sexual orientation even if such discrimination would otherwise be prohibited by anti-discrimination legislation designed to protect minorities in public accommodations.
Second Amendment rights
The right of the people to keep and bear arms
• District of Columbia v. Heller Ruled that “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
• McDonald v. Chicago Ruled that The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.
Legality of targeted firearms prohibition
• United States v. Miller Held that a sawed-off shotgun did not constitute a weapon suitable for militia use, and therefore verified the constitutional integrity of the National Firearms Act. Prior to Heller, Miller was the primary legislation covering the individual right to bear arms, and its more conservative interpretation of individual rights (in the context of the militia) was the primary jurisprudential basis for subsequent legislation outlawing specific weapon types. The National Assault Weapons Act of , especially, was dependent on Miller, and the future of such legislation in the context of Heller is yet to be determined.
Other areas
• Fletcher v. Peck, For the first time the Court struck down a State law as unconstitutional. A State legislature (in this case, Georgia) can repeal a previous, corruptly made law (in this case, a land grant), but not void valid contracts made under this law.
• Dartmouth College v. Woodward, extended contract rights to corporations and established the differences between public and private corporations .
• The Paquete Habana, Ruled that federal courts could look to Customary International Law because it is an integrated part of American law.
• Lochner v. New York, asserted that the “right to free contract” or “liberty of contract” is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
• Brown v. Mississippi, A defendant’s confession that is extracted by police violence cannot be entered as evidence and violates the Due Process Clause.
• Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins, Federal courts do not have the power to create general federal Common law when hearing state law claims under diversity jurisdiction (led to the development of the Erie doctrine).
• Williams v. Lee, State courts do not have jurisdiction on Indian reservations without Congressional authorization, to allow state infringement undermines tribal sovereignty.
• Baker v. Carr, The reapportionment of state legislative districts is not a political question, and is justiciable by the federal courts.
• Reynolds v. Sims, A complimentary case on Baker v. Carr, which stated that districts must be of as equal population as mathematically possible, so as to ensure equal protection. This case also applied to districts in the federal House of Representatives.
• Menominee Tribe v. United States, Native American treaty rights are not abrogated without a clear and unequivocal statement by Congress and that statutes and treaties are to be construed liberally in favor of the tribe.
• Goldberg v. Kelly, Entitlement programs such as welfare conferred property rights on recipients, and their termination required procedural due process.
• San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, use of property tax as means to finance public education does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
• Mathews v. Eldridge, Established test for deciding what process is due when procedural due process applies that balances the government’s interests, the individual’s interest, and the likelihood of making an inaccurate decision using the existing procedures and probable value of additional procedural safeguards.
• Nixon v. General Services Administration, Congress has the power to pass an act directing the seizure and disposition, within the control of the Executive Branch, of the papers and tapes of a former president.
• Chevron A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., a government agency’s interpretation of its own mandate from Congress is entitled to judicial deference if the authority is ambiguous and the agency’s interpretation is reasonable.
• Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., making of individual copies of complete television shows for purposes of time-shifting does not constitute copyright infringement, but is Fair Use .
• Feist Publications v. Rural Telephone Service, originality, not sweat of the brow, is the touchstone of copyright protection.
• Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, expert evidence must be generally accepted in the scientific community (Daubert standard).
• Nobleman v. American Savings Bank, disallowed the use of cram downs for primary residences.
• Breard v. Greene, rejected jurisdiction of International Court of Justice in a capital punishment case dealing with a citizen of Paraguay.
• Bush v. Gore, ended the recount of ballots in Florida in the presidential election as violative of the Equal Protection Clause, effectively resolving the election in favor of George W. Bush.
• Kelo v. City of New London, upheld power of a local government to seize property for economic development purposes.
• Boumediene v. Bush, foreign terrorism suspects have constitutional rights to challenge their detention at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in United States courts.
• Cuomo v. Clearing House Association, – states can enforce their own laws and regulations against national banks and financial institutions.

Minor cases alphabetically:


Al-Haramain v. Obama
Anastasoff v. United States
Armendariz v. Foundation Health Psychcare Services , Inc.
Aronow v. United States
Artnell v. Commissioner


Beck v. Alabama
Bergeron v. Bergeron
Beussink v. Woodland R-IV School District
Bibb v. Navajo Freight Lines, Inc.
Board of Airport Commissioners of Los Angeles v. Jews for Jesus, Inc.
Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Co.
Bown v. Gwinnett County School District
Breard v. City of Alexandria
Brinkman v. Miami University
Broadcast Music v. Columbia Broadcasting System
Brooke Group Ltd. v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.
Broussard v. School Board of Norfolk
Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation, Inc.


Cabilly Patents
CCR v. Bush
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy v. Bush
Claremont School District v Governor of New Hampshire
Cohen v. Cowles Media Co.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Nathaniel Jennison
Continental Television v. GTE Sylvania
Counselman v. Hitchcock
Crowell v. Benson
Curran v. Mount Diablo Council of the Boy Scouts of America
Curtis Douglas vs. Veterans Administration


Dada v. Mukasey
District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne


Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc. v. McVeigh


Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales


Golsen v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Co.
Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc.


Houchins v. KQED, Inc.


In re McUlta
Inwood Laboratories, Inc. v. Ives Laboratories, Inc.


Jefferson Parish Hospital District No. 2 v. Hyde
Jewel v. NSA
Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union


Lee v. Keith
Linder v. United States
Lindon v. First National Bank
Long-Term Capital Holdings v. United States
Lunney v. Prodigy Services Co.


M.P.M. Builders, LLC v. Dwyer
Mandoli v. Acheson
Matsushita v. Zenith
McGrain v. Daugherty
Meshal v. Higgenbotham
Miller v. Albright
Mochizuki v. United States
Molko v. Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
Morrissey v. Brewer


Nasdaq Market Makers Antitrust Litigation
National Organization for Women v. Scheidler
Nevada v. Hicks
Ng Fung Ho v. White


Parhat v. Gates
Pennsylvania College Cases
Perry v. Cyphers
Picard v. Barry Pontiac-Buick, Inc.
Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez

P cont.

Polovchak v. Meese
Powerex Corp. v. Reliant Energy Services Inc.
Premo v. Moore
Pulley v. Harris


Ravin v. State
RIAA v. Diamond
Richlin Security Service Co. v. Chertoff
Rivera v. Bane
Roche Products v. Bolar Pharmaceutical
Rogers v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Schacht v. United States
Schad v. Arizona
Schultz v. Wheaton Glass Co.
Shostakovich v. Twentieth Century-Fox
Sony Computer Entertainment America v. George Hotz


Take-Two Interactive v. John B. Thompson
TNA Entertainment, LLC v. Wittenstein and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Turkmen v. Ashcroft
Tyson & Brother v. Banton


United States v. Cors
United States v. DuBay
United States v. Fricosu
United States v. Keenan
United States v. Ortiz


Waddington v. Sarausad
Wandt v. Hearst’s Chicago American
Watson v. Jones
Watts v. Indiana
Weinberger v. UOP, Inc.
Welsh v. Wisconsin
Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Ross-Simmons Hardwood Lumber Co.
Wilner v. NSA

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North Dakota

Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia



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