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Supreme Court Issues Opinions

Three Cases Decided on Monday

The Supreme Court released its decisions on three cases on Monday morning.

In the case of Herrera v. Wyoming, the court sided with the Crow Tribe in a 5-to-4 ruling. The question of the case was if the Crow Tribe retained their land rights under an 1868 treaty to hunt on unoccupied federal lands when Wyoming became a state. The court found that the establishment of the state and a national forest did not make the lands occupied.

Merck Sharp and Dohme v. Albrecht had the court ruling unanimously that the question of if the FDA would or would not have approved a proposed change to a prescription drug label is a question that needs to be put before a judge instead of a jury. The case will go back to a lower court to determine if the FDA was given enough information to warn of potential injuries by a pharmaceutical company.

Lastly, in the case of Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology LLC, the court ruled in an 8-to-1 decision that when a debtor in a bankruptcy case rejects a contract that allows for the use of trademarked materials of the debtor, the rejection is considered a breach of contract, and not a closing of it. This allows the other party to retain the trademark rights under the license.

Sources: Supreme Court, Oyez.org, SCOTUSblog
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For the Court to have wisdom as they continue to deliberate over cases. 
  • For the Justices of the Court to be given good health and that they would be sustained by the Lord.
  • For decisions made by the Court to be the best possible for the future of the nation.