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SUPREME COURT DOCKET REPORT


 

1997 Term, Number 10 / March 2, 1998

Today the Court granted certiorari in one case of interest to the business community. Amicus briefs in support of the petitioner are due on April 16, 1998, and amicus briefs in support of the respondents are due on May 18 (because May 16 is a Saturday). Also on Friday, February 27, the Supreme Court agreed to review a federal district court's decision invalidating the presidential line item veto and set an expedited schedule to permit the case to be decided this Term. Amicus briefs in support of the appellant are due on March 13, 1998, and amicus briefs in support of the appellees are due on April 3. Finally, on its February 23 Order List, the Court requested the views of the Solicitor General in two cases of interest to the business community. Any questions about these cases should be directed to Evan Tager (202-778-0618) or Alan Untereiner (202-778-0656) in our Washington office.

1.  Collective Bargaining Agreements — Private Right of Action Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Statutes. The Supreme Court granted certiorari today in Wright v. Universal Maritime Service Corp., No. 97-889, to decide whether a general arbitration clause in a collective bargaining agreement bars a covered employee from filing his own lawsuit under a federal anti-discrimination statute.

Petitioner, a longshoreman in the Port of Charleston, was injured in 1992. Claiming permanent and total disability, petitioner sought benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. 901, et seq. Subsequently, petitioner entered into a settlement of his claims. Ultimately, however, petitioner claimed that his injuries had healed spontaneously, and, supported by a note from his doctor, presented himself for work. After petitioner worked for a short time, respondent employers refused to accept petitioner for

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