Summary of Today’s Opinions

June 27th, 2011

In J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro, the Supreme Court reversed the New Jersey Supreme Court and a plurality held that personal jurisdiction was not proper in this case.

In Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S. A. v. Brown, the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg for a unanimous Court reversed the Court of Appeals of North Carolina and found that “Petitioners were not amenable to suit in North Carolina on claims unrelated to any activity of petitioners in the forum State.”

In Brown v. EMA, the Supreme Court affirmed.  The opinion is here. The California is struck down in an opinion by Justice Scalia. Justice Alito concurred in judgment, joined by Chief Justice Roberts. Justices Thomas and Breyer dissented.

I have an instant analysis of the opinion here.

In the Arizona Election cases (consolidated) the Supreme Court reversed 5-4, holding “Arizona’s matching funds scheme substantially burdens political speech and is not sufficiently justified by a compelling interest to survive First Amendment scrutiny.”

I have an instant analysis of this case here.