In addition to granting certiorari in two Ten Commandments cases (as reported earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase), the US Supreme Court Tuesday also agreed to hear Lingle v. Chevron, a case involving legislation in Hawaii aimed at reducing the price of gas. Chevron USA challenged the 1997 law, alleging that it was an unconstitutional taking because it limited the amounts oil companies could lease gas stations for and prevented oil companies from taking over the stations. The case was decided in April by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in favor of Chevron. View the 9th Circuit's opinion here [PDF]. Georgetown's Environmental Law & Policy Institute has filings in the case, as well as more on the takings clause. AP has more.
Also this morning, the Court granted cert. in five other cases. The Court consolidated two cases, Exxon Corp. v. Allapattah Services, Inc. and Ortega v. Star-Kist Foods, Inc., both of which deal with federal court jurisdiction, one in federal-question cases and the other in class-action cases. AP has more. In Cutter v. Wilkinson, the Court will consider whether a federal law allowing inmates to practice religious beliefs is constitutional. AP has more.
The Court denied petitions for certiorari in several high-profile cases, including three that sought to uphold federal regulations forcing regional phone carriers to allow competitors access to networks at reduced rates. The cases were brought by AT&T, MCI and a state utility group. AP has more. The Court similarly refused to hear a case over whether Internet service providers can be required to turn over names of file sharers to the recording industry. In Verizon Internet Services v. Recording Industry Association of America [PDF], the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act must be expanded by Congress to cover file sharers before their identity can be obtained by the recording industry. AP has more. Finally, the Court also refused to hear Flynt v. Rumsfeld, in which DC Circuit had ruled that the Defense Department did not have to provide media access to battlefields during conflict. AP has more.
View the complete Supreme Court Order List [PDF].