Justices announce low-key March argument session

Supreme Court building after snowfall


By Amy Howe

at 2:22 p.m.

The Supreme Court building after a snowfall in January 2016. (Katie Barlow)

The Supreme Court released the calendar for its March argumentation session on Monday, planning arguments on issues such as compensation for athletes, union organization, Medicaid work demands and the confiscation of weapons from the home of a man believed to be a suicide bomber.

The judges will hear orally in seven cases over six days – less of a burden than in their average argument session, which often has two arguments per day. And while the March 31 argument in an antitrust dispute over compensation for NCAA athletes is likely to be closely watched (especially since it will come just three days before the Final Four), the session generally lacks the kind of blockbuster cases that so many discussion sessions have included in the past few years.

Here is the full list of cases slated for the March argument session:

Cedar Point Nursery v Hassid (March 22): Challenging the constitutionality of a California ordinance granting union organizers access to a farmer’s property.

United States v. Cooley (March 23): Whether a Native American tribe police officer can detain a non-tribal member on a street within a reservation and search for a possible violation of federal or state law.

Caniglia v. Strom (March 24): Police officers contest the illegal seizure of two handguns from the home of a man they believed was suicidal, with the exception of “community care” from the general warranty of the Fourth Amendment.

Cochran v Gresham and Arkansas v Gresham (consolidated for one hour of hearing on March 29): Trump administration challenged approval of Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and New Hampshire.

Goldman Sachs Group v Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (Mar. 29): Dispute over a test district courts should use to determine whether to certify a class of shareholders in securities fraud lawsuits. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to SCOTUSblog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the respondents in this case.]

TransUnion LLC v Ramirez (March 30): Whether either the Constitution or federal class action lawsuits allow a fair credit reporting violation case to continue with no harm to most class members at all and this harms you suffered was nothing like the lead plaintiff.

National Collegiate Athletic Association v Alston and American Athletic Conference v Alston (consolidated for one hour of hearing on March 31): Whether the NCAA’s limits on providing educational benefits – like computers and internships – to college athletes violate federal antitrust laws.

This article was originally published by Howe on the Court.