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2015 December

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Term

High- and Low-Profile Decisions with Lurking Access Issues

By Gary F. Smith, Gill Deford, Jane Perkins & Mona Tawatao

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Term featured high-profile cases on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. In addition to their big issues, those cases touched on access to federal courts; for example, King v. Burwell, the Affordable Care Act case, examined questions of statutory construction. Other cases this Term that did not garner as much public attention analyzed the supremacy clause, deference to agency decisions, stare decisis, and other issues that control litigants’ access to federal courts.

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