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The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) files amicus curiae briefs in support of state and local governments in the U.S. Supreme Court, conducts moot courts for attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court, and provides other assistance to States and local governments in connection with Supreme Court litigation. 

SLLC Cases Recently Decided 

Murr v. Wisconsin 

No taking occurred where state law and local ordinance “merged” nonconforming, adjacent lots under common ownership, meaning the property owners could not sell one of the lots by itself (Summary)

Packingham v. North Carolina 

A state statute making it a felony for a registered sex offender to access social networking sites where minors can create profiles violates the First Amendment Free Speech Clause (Summary)

Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates 

An intervenor must possess Article III standing to intervene in a lawsuit as a matter of right if he or she wishes to pursue relief not requested by the plaintiff (Summary)

County of Los Angeles v. Mendez 

Police officers can't be liable for the use of reasonable force under the "provocation rule" (Summary

Bank of America v. City of Miami

Local governments have standing to sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for economic harm caused to them by discriminatory lending practices; to prove causation local governments must show “some direct relation between the injury asserted and the injurious conduct alleged” (Summary

Coventry Health Care of Missouri v. Nevils 

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA) preemption clause overrides state laws prohibiting subrogation and reimbursement and that the preemption clause is consistent with the Supremacy Clause (Summary)

Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman

A state statute prohibiting vendors from advertising a single price and a statement that credit card customers must pay more regulates speech under the First Amendment (Summary)  

Manuel v. City of Joliet 

Even after “legal process” has occurred a person may bring a Fourth Amendment claim challenging pretrial detention (Summary

Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl (cert denied)

Supreme Court refused to hear a case arguing that a Colorado law requiring remote sellers to inform Colorado purchasers annually of their purchases and send the same information to the Colorado Department of Revenue discriminates against interstate commerce (Summary)

Ivy v. Morath (dismissed as moot)

When are state and local governments responsible for ensuring that a private actor complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act? (Summary)

 

SLLC Briefs Recently Filed

District of Columbia v. Wesby 

When the owner of a vacant house informs police he has not authorized entry, may an officer assessing probable cause to arrest those inside for trespassing discredit the suspects' claims of an innocent mental state? (Summary)