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2016 December

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Term

Access Decisions from an Eight-Member Court

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

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 Term will be remembered principally for the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia and how the Senate's failure to confirm his successor forced the Court to work through its docket with only eight justices. The Court's opinions analyzed preemption, deference to agency decisions, appealability of administrative actions, attorney fees, standing, mootness, arbitration, statutes of limitations, exhaustion of administrative remedies, statutory construction, and other issues that control litigants' access to the federal courts.

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