Summary of Supreme Court action Monday

June 27, 2011 - 2:00 PM

The Supreme Court met Monday for the last time until the fall. Here is a summary of notable actions:

— Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association: Voted 7-2 to strike down California's law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to children as a violation of the First Amendment.

— Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett: In a 5-4 decision, found that Arizona's matching funds provision for publicly financed candidates facing privately funded rivals runs afoul of the First Amendment.

— FCC v. Fox Television Stations: Agreed to decide the constitutionality of the Federal Communications Commission policy on indecency on broadcast television.

—U.S. v. Jones: Said it will decide whether police need a warrant to install a GPS device on a vehicle to track a suspect's movements.

— Saleh v. Titan Corp: Rejected an appeal from alleged victims of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq who wanted to sue private defense contractors over their treatment.

— Philip Morris USA v. Jackson: Refused to disturb a $270 million judgment against tobacco companies in a long-running class-action lawsuit on behalf of smokers in Louisiana.

— National Meat Association v. Harris: Will consider whether federal law trumps a California law requiring slaughterhouses immediately to put down sick animals.

—J. McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro: Ruled 6-3 that a New Jersey man injured in a workplace accident on a metal-cutting machine cannot use New Jersey courts to sue the British manufacturer of the equipment.

—Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations v. Brown: Decided unanimously that relatives of two North Carolina teens killed in a bus accident near Paris could not use North Carolina courts to sue the foreign manufacturer of the tires that allegedly caused the fatal crash.

— Knox v. SEIU: Intervened in a dispute between a California state workers' union and state employees who choose not to belong to it over the fees that they must pay the union for its representation in contract negotiations and other areas.

— Von Saher v. Norton Simon Museum of Art: Declined to get involved in a dispute over the ownership of two 500-year-old paintings once seized by the Nazis that now hang in a southern California art museum.

—Spain v. Cassirer: Rejected an appeal to step into another legal fight involving art, between the heirs of German Jews who fled the Nazis and a Spanish museum over a 114-year-old painting by impressionist Camille Pissarro.

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