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Supreme Court Hears Last Oral Arguments of the Week

Cases deal with notification of foreign powers and legal representation costs

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the cases of the Republic of Sudan v. Harrison and Culbertson v. Berryhill.

The case of the Republic of Sudan v. Harrison deals with a previously ruled decision in a lower federal court. Seventeen U.S. Sailors were killed by al Qaeda terrorists who bombed the USS Cole in 2000. Their families brought a lawsuit to the Republic of Sudan, which was accused of backing the terrorists. The lower court ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor, in a judgment of over 300 million dollars. The Supreme Court is seeking to determine if the plaintiffs in the case provided Sudan with the proper notice of their lawsuit.

Culbertson v. Berryhill has the Court looking into the proper caps for legal representation on Social Security cases. Currently, U.S. Courts of appeals are split on the question of if the 25% cap for representing those claiming Social Security Benefits are only for the fees of representation in court, or also including fees for representation before the Social Security Agency.

Sources: Supreme Court, Oyez.org, SCOTUSblog
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  • For the Justices of the Court to have wisdom as they deliberate on their decisions. 
  • For the Court to have wisdom on the best cases to take in the future. 
  • For the environment of the U.S. to be better protected through the decisions of these cases.