• Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran [SCOTUSbrief]

    Typically, a foreign country has immunity for their property in the United States, but there’s a big exception for foreign countries that are state sponsors of terror. The question is, is the exception broad enough to cover the property involved in this case. The lead plaintiff in this case is the relative of people who were in a attack by the Iranian sponsored Hamas terrorist group, uh, multiple suicide bombing in Jerusalem 20 years ago. In many ways, there is a clear resolution in that Iran has been found to libel in the terrorist attacks and a judgment has been awarded to the plaintiffs. U.S. courts have said that they…

  • Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt [SCOTUSbrief]

    In California Franchise Tax Board versus Hyatt, the core issue is whether the Supreme Court should overrule a 40-year-old precedent called Nevada versus Hall, uh, that had decided that states do not have sovereign immunity in the courts of their sister states. It’s one of these cases that has been up and back to the Supreme Court a lot of different times. The whole issue started in the early ’90s. Gilbert Hyatt is an inventor, and he actually lived in California, and he made a lot of money off of technology patents. He then moved to Nevada. The California Franchise Tax Board is the agency in California that is responsible…

  • Thacker v. Tennessee Valley Authority [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Thacker v. Tennessee Valley Authority [SCOTUSbrief]

    Thacker vs. Tennessee Valley Authority is a case about a fisherman who got hurt out on the water. He blames the Tennessee Valley Authority which has supervision over the waterway for causing his accident. The Tennessee Valley Authority was replacing some conductor power lines that stretch over and across the river. One of those lines fell into the water. That obviously creates a hazard for boaters. The TVA knew that. They contact the Coast Guard, which is their emergency protocol. The TVA also has a couple of patrol boats that come in the area. Thacker and Szozda come in at about sixty miles an hour, hit this conductor line that’s…