Justices search authorities’s views in antitrust case

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Posted on Monday December 7th, 2020 at 6:37 pm by Amy Howe

The Supreme Court issued orders Monday from the private conference of judges on December 4th. The judges had already submitted two new petitions for review regarding the legality of Medicaid’s work requirements. Hence, it was no surprise that the judges did not add any new cases to their records of earnings for the term.

The judges challenged the views of the US Attorney General in Comcast against Viamedia, an antitrust dispute in which Viamedia claims Comcast has monopolized the television advertising placement market. There is no due date for the government task, which is usually not submitted until the next year – after the change in administration. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the newest judge on the court, has withdrawn from the case – presumably because she participated in the case when she was a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

The judges dismissed the review in Parents for Privacy v Barr, a challenge by a group of Oregon parents to an Oregon school district policy to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The parents had asked the Supreme Court to grant a review to “clarify how its ruling in Bostock v Clayton County,” under which federal workplace discrimination laws protect LGBTQ employees, “affects the rights of students in public schools,” but the court on Monday denied this request without comment.

The judges did not act against Trump against the Knight First Amendment Institute, in which President Donald Trump asked the judges to intervene in a battle over the President’s Twitter account. The lawsuit was filed in July 2017 by the Knight First Amendment Institute and seven people who Trump blocked on Twitter after criticizing the president or his policies. Plaintiffs alleged that blocking on Twitter violated the first change, and the district court agreed. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision, and Trump – represented by the federal government – has asked the judges to review that decision.

The judges will meet on Friday, December 11th for their next conference – the last one scheduled for 2020.

This article was originally published by Howe on the Court.

Posted in Trump vs. Knight First Amendment Institute, Comcast Corp. Viamedia Inc., Merit Cases, Cases in the Pipeline

Recommended citation:
Amy Howe, Judge Seeking Government Views In Antitrust,
SCOTUSblog (December 7, 2020, 6:37 pm), https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/12/justices-seek-governments-views-in-antitrust-case/