2015 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

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The 2015 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 5, 2015, and concluded October 2, 2016. This was the twenty-fifth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2015 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
16
Concurrence
0
Other
25
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 49
Bench opinions = 39 Opinions relating to orders = 10 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 2 Most joined by: Alito (13 in full, 1 in part) Least joined by: Scalia, Ginsburg (4)[1]
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
401



New Hampshire Right to Life v. Department of Health and Human Services 577 U.S. ___ (2015)

Freedom of Information Act Scalia
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
402



Friedman v. Highland Park 577 U.S. ___ (2015)

Second Amendment  • right to keep and bear arms  • municipal ban on semiautomatic firearms and high-capacity magazines Scalia
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
403



DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia 577 U.S. ___ (2015)

Federal Arbitration Act
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Breyer
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Ginsburg
104



Montanile v. Board of Trustees of Nat. Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974  • equitable remedies for plan enforcement Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan; Alito (in part)
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Ginsburg
205



Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

Article III  • Case or Controversy Clause  • effect of unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment on mootness  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act  • liability of federal contractor
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Ginsburg
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Roberts
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Alito
406



Montgomery v. Louisiana 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

Eighth Amendment  • mandatory life imprisonment of minors  • retroactivity of new constitutional rules
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Kennedy
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Scalia
107



Musacchio v. United States 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

challenge to sufficiency of evidence based on incorrect jury instructions  • waiver of statute of limitations Unanimous
208



California Building Industry Assn. v. San Jose 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

ordinance requiring new developments include low income housing  • Fifth Amendment  • Takings Clause
Thomas concurred in the Court's denial of certiorari.
209



Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974  • preemption of state law health care disclosure requirements
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Kennedy
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Breyer
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Ginsburg
410



American Freedom Defense Initiative v. King County 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

First Amendment  • free speech  • public forum doctrine  • advertising in public transit areas Alito
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
411



Nebraska v. Colorado 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

discretion to decline original jurisdiction suits  • Colorado Amendment 64 Alito
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of leave to file complaint.
412



Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938  • certification of class action  • compensibility for varying times spent donning and doffing protective gear Alito
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Kennedy
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Roberts
113



Nebraska v. Parker 577 U.S. ___ (2016)

Omaha Indian Reservation  • diminishment of reservation boundaries Unanimous[2]
214



Luis v. United States 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

pretrial asset freezing  • Sixth Amendment  • right to counsel of one's choice
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Breyer
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Kennedy
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Kagan
215



Evenwel v. Abbott 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

legislative redistricting based on total state population  • Fourteenth Amendment  • Equal Protection Clause  • one person, one vote doctrine
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Ginsburg
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Alito
416



Kakarala v. Wells Fargo Bank, N. A. 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

federal court review of orders remanding cases to state court
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
417



Welch v. United States 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Armed Career Criminal Act  • retroactive effect of court decision on collateral review
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Kennedy
218



Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Federal Power Act  • interstate wholesale electricity rates  • federal preemption
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Ginsburg
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Sotomayor
419



Arrigoni Enterprises, LLC. v. Durham 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fifth Amendment  • Takings Clause  • exhaustion of remedies under state procedures Kennedy
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
420



Heffernan v. City of Paterson 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

First Amendment  • free speech by government employees  • demotion based on employer's factual mistake regarding engagement in protected activity Alito
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Breyer
421



Ocasio v. United States 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Hobbs Act  • conspiracy
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Alito
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Breyer
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Sotomayor
222



Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970  • Article III  • injury-in-fact
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Alito
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Ginsburg
423



Husky Int’l Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

bankruptcy law  • Chapter 7  • discharge exception for actual fraud
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Sotomayor
224



Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Securities Exchange Act of 1934  • removal jurisdiction  • federal question jurisdiction Sotomayor
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Kagan
425



United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Bible 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

administrative law  • deference to agency interpretation
Thomas dissented from the denial of certiorari.
226



CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Title VII  • award of attorney's fees to prevailing party
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Kennedy
227



Betterman v. Montana 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Sixth Amendment  • Speedy Trial Clause  • postconviction delay in sentencing Alito
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Ginsburg
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Sotomayor
428



Foster v. Chatman 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fourteenth Amendment  • Equal Protection Clause  • racial discrimination in juror peremptory challenges  • adequate and independent state ground
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Roberts
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Alito
429



Green v. Brennan 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Title VII  • constructive discharge  • statute of limitations
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Sotomayor
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Alito
230



Adams v. Alabama 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Eighth Amendment  • mandatory life imprisonment of minors  • retroactivity of new constitutional rules Alito
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Alito
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Sotomayor
Thomas concurred in the Court's decision to grant certiorari, vacate the lower court's opinion, and remand.
431



Lynch v. Arizona 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fourteenth Amendment  • Due Process Clause  • death penalty  • right to inform jury at sentencing of parole ineligibility Alito
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per curiam
232



Ross v. Blake 578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995  • exhaustion of remedies
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Kagan
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Breyer
433



Williams v. Pennsylvania 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fourteenth Amendment  • Due Process Clause  • judicial recusal due to prior involvement as prosecutor
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Kennedy
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Roberts
434



Dietz v. Bouldin 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

district court recall of jury in civil case after discharge Kennedy
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Sotomayor
235



Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Double Jeopardy Clause  • sovereignty of Puerto Rico
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Kagan
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Ginsburg
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Breyer
136



Puerto Rico v. Franklin Cal. Tax-Free Trust 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

bankruptcy law  • preemption of municipal bankruptcy laws  • Puerto Rican government-debt crisis Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, Kagan
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Sotomayor
237



United States v. Bryant 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

federal crime of domestic violence in Indian lands  • tribal court conviction as predicate offense  • Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968  • Sixth Amendment  • Assistance of Counsel Clause  • Fifth Amendment  • Due Process Clause
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Ginsburg
138



Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006  • Department of Defense contracting with veteran-owned small businesses Unanimous[2]
139



Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

False Claims Act  • implied false certification theory  • failure to disclose noncompliance with legal requirements Unanimous[2]
440



Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fair Labor Standards Act  • overtime exemption for automobile service advisors Alito
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Kennedy
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Ginsburg
141



Utah v. Strieff 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fourth Amendment  • exclusionary rule  • attenuation doctrine Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, Alito
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Sotomayor
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Kagan
242



Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Leahy-Smith America Invents Act  • appealability of decision to conduct inter partes review
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Breyer
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Alito
443



Taylor v. United States 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Hobbs Act  • robbery of drug dealers as satisfaction of commerce requirement
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Alito
444



Fisher v. University of Tex. at Austin 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fourteenth Amendment  • Equal Protection Clause  • affirmative action  • race-conscious college admissions program
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Kennedy
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Alito
345



Birchfield v. North Dakota 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fourth Amendment  • search incident to arrest  • drunk driving  • implied consent to breathalyzer or blood alcohol content tests
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Alito
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Sotomayor
246



Mathis v. United States 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Armed Career Criminal Act  • sentence enhancement for prior convictions
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Kagan
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Kennedy
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Breyer
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Alito
447



Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

Fourteenth Amendment  • abortion  • regulation of abortion providers  • Texas Senate Bill 5  • res judicata
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Breyer
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Ginsburg
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Alito
448



Voisine v. United States 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

federal criminal law  • prohibition on firearm ownership for misdemeanor domestic violence conviction  • Second Amendment Sotomayor (in part)
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Kagan
449



Delaware Strong Families v. Denn 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

First Amendment  • campaign finance reform  • mandated disclosure of anonymous donors
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.

Notes

  1. ^ All but eight of Thomas's opinions were issued after Justice Scalia's death.
  2. ^ a b c This opinion was handed down after the death of Justice Scalia, and so was unanimous as to the eight justices remaining on the Court.

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