There were no new cert grants today (though the Court did grant the filing of a complaint in an original action involving the states of Florida and Georgia, see below). No action was taken on the latest Affordable Care Act case (King v. Burwell)--the Court may be waiting to see what the DC Circuit does en banc. The order list is here.
There were a few notable orders in pending cases:
1) Texas v. New Mexico (original action): A. Gregory Grimsal was appointed special master
2) Florida v. Georgia (original action): Florida's motion for leave to file a bill of complaint was granted. The question presented is whether Florida is entitled to equitable apportionment of the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin and appropriate injunctive relief against Georgia to sustain an adequate flow of fresh water into the Apalachicola Region.
3) Young v. UPS: Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted. The question presented in this case is whether, and in what circumstances, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e(k), requires an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations to provide work accommodations to pregnant employees who are “similar in their ability or inability to work.”
Notable cert denials included: The Episcopal Church v. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth: Questions presented: (1) Whether the First Amendment or Jones v. Wolf requires courts to enforce express trusts recited in general-church governing documents (as some jurisdictions hold), or whether such a trust is enforceable only when it would otherwise comply with state law (as others hold); (2) whether retroactive application of the neutral-principles approach infringes free-exercise rights; and (3) whether the neutral-principles approach endorsed in Jones remains a constitutionally viable means of resolving church-property disputes, especially in light of Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC.