A Review of Recent SCOTUS Rulings

Jun 24, 2018

It's been a busy few weeks at the U.S. Supreme Court. We'll focus on several recent decisions  addressing online business, digital privacy, religious freedom, and sports betting.  The online-sales ruling in particular has made big waves here in New Hampshire. 


GUEST: 

John Greabe, Professor  of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development at the UNH School of Law His scholarship focuses on Constitutional law, federal courts and procedure, and civil rights litigation. He writes the Constitional Connections column for The Concord Monitor. Read his most recent column here

Readings on Recent SCOTUS Rulings

South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. 

Overturning an earlier decision that had given a sales tax advantage to online retailers, the Court rules that states can require online retailers to collect sales tax.

The ruling prompted widespread condemnation in New Hampshire. 

Under the ruling, N.H. retailers may have to collect taxes on out-of-state sales.

Carpenter v. United States.

The court rules that the government generally needs a warrant in order to access cell site location information.

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

In narrow decision, Supreme Court sides with Baker who refused to create a cake for a gay couple. 

Phil Murphy vs. NCAA

The Court strikes down a 25-year old federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that largely outlawed sports betting outside Nevada, paving the way for states to offer sports betting. 

Other cases of interest:

The Court avoids addressing the central questions in two closely watched challenges to partisan gerrymandering. 

SCOTUS considers a California disclosure law that requires pregnancy centers — including those that are faith-based — to notify women that the state offers subsidies for abortion.