Is it “cert-worthy” or “certworthy”?

February 4th, 2013

In Paul Clement’s application to SCOTUS in an NLRB case, he uses the word “cert-worthy.”

This case not only presents three related but independently cert-worthy questions, such that there is an unusually strong likelihood that this Court would review should the Court of Appeals affirm, but also involves particularly strong equities that make the risk of irreparable injury absent a stay concrete and acute

I checked the Westlaw database for cert petitions: there are 455 hits for “certworthy” and 624 hits for “cert-worthy.”

I guess “cert-worthy” is more accepted, but not by much. I’m inclined to go with whatever Paul Clement thinks.

Of course, the phrase “cert-worthy” reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with “sponge-worthy.”