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6 Cases to Watch in February

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing six new cases in the last week of February. The cases touch on a variety of issues that include religious discrimination by a clothing store, performance bonuses, and whether a firearms offender can sell his confiscated guns.

  1. Kerry v. Din - Fauzia Din, a U.S. citizen, filed a visa application for her husband Kanishka Berashk that was denied under a provision that excludes aliens based on an array of terrorism related reasons. When Din tried to appeal for more detail on why this application was denied, the district court said the government had already provided enough reasons, while the court of appeals said it had not. The main issue is whether consular decisions can be reviewed.
  2. Coleman v. Tollefson - In an effort to attempt to curb prisoner abuse, Congress passed a law prohibiting prisoners from claiming indigence with  three or more frivolous complaints. But when counting up the three strikes”, when can a complaint be considered frivolous?
  3. Henderson v. U.S. – A former Border Patrol agent who was convicted of multiple firearms offenses had to forfeit 19 guns as a condition of his bail. Can he get the firearms back to sell them?
  4. Tibble v. Edison International- In a retirement plan case, the Court will decide how long is too long for the employees to file a complaint under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
  5. EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch - Abercrombie & Fitch is accused of not hiring a employees based on her religion. She says the retailer was aware of her religion because she wore a hijab during her interview.
  6. Baker Botts v. ASARCO - According to a bankruptcy court, the law firm Baker Botts did  work to earn certain fee schedules. The question is whether courts are allowed to order these kinds of rewards.
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