United States Supreme Court

Opinions Filed in April 2019

Thacker v. Tennessee Valley Authority

The waiver of immunity in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s "sue-and-be-sued" clause is not subject to a discretionary function exception of the kind in the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Sovereign Immunity

Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela

Under the Federal Arbitration Act, an ambiguous agreement cannot provide the necessary contractual basis for concluding that the parties agreed to submit to class arbitration.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Arbitration

Biestek v. Berryhill

An expert’s refusal to provide data related to testimony about the availability of certain jobs does not preclude the expert’s testimony from constituting substantial evidence under 42 U. S. C. §405(g).

Area(s) of Law:
  • Evidence

Bucklew v. Precythe

Baze v. Rees, 553 U. S. 35 (2008) and Glossip v. Gross, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), govern all Eighth Amendment challenges alleging that a method of execution inflicts unconstitutionally cruel pain whether the challenged are facial or as-applied.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

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