2010 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

The 2010 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 4, 2010, and concluded October 1, 2011. This was the twentieth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court.
Clarence Thomas 2010 term statistics
9
Majority or Plurality
8
Concurrence
0
Other
6
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 23
Bench opinions = 22 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 1 Most joined by: Scalia, Kennedy, Alito (11) Least joined by: Kagan (1)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
201



NASA v. Nelson 562 U.S. 134 (2011)

background check of prospective federal employees   informational privacy   Privacy Act of 1974
Alito
Scalia
202



Ortiz v. Jordan 562 U.S. 180 (2011)

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure   appealability of denial of summary judgment motion after trial on the merits   qualified immunity   post-trial judicial review of sufficiency of the evidence Scalia, Kennedy
Ginsburg
403



CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Alabama Dept. of Revenue 562 U.S. 277 (2011)

Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976   tax discrimination against rail carrier Ginsburg
Kagan
204



Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc. 562 U.S. 323 (2011)

National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966   Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards on seat belt design   state law torts against auto manufacturers   federal preemption
Breyer
Sotomayor
205



Michigan v. Bryant 562 U.S. 344 (2011)

Sixth Amendment   Confrontation Clause   hearsay exception for statements to help police address ongoing emergency
Sotomayor
Scalia
Ginsburg
406



Pepper v. United States 562 U.S. 476 (2011)

Federal Sentencing Guidelines   consideration of postsentencing rehabilitation
Sotomayor
Breyer
Alito
407



Skinner v. Switzer 562 U.S. 521 (2011)

postconviction access to DNA testing   Section 1983   Rooker–Feldman doctrine Kennedy, Alito
Ginsburg
408



Alderman v. United States  [full text] 562 U.S. 1163 (2011)

Commerce Clause   James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002 Scalia (in part)
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari, in a case involving whether a federal law against felons possessing body armor was constitutional after United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 (1995), which was the first Supreme Court case since the New Deal to set limits upon Congress's Commerce Clause power. The lower court's opinion held, on the basis of an older case, Scarborough v. United States, 431 U. S. 563 (1977), that the federal law was presumptively constitutional and that it was therefore not subject to the three-part test established in Lopez for analyzing whether a federal law exceeded Commerce Clause powers. In his dissent, Thomas complained that the Court, in its refusal to review the lower court's decision, "tacitly accepts the nullification of our recent Commerce Clause jurisprudence."
109



Connick v. Thompson 563 U.S. 51 (2011)

single violation as basis for Section 1983 claim   failure to make Brady disclosure   failure to train prosecutors Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
Scalia
Ginsburg
110



Cullen v. Pinholster 563 U.S. 170 (2011)

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996   introduction of new evidence in habeas corpus proceedings   Sixth Amendment   ineffective assistance of counsel Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy; Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Kagan
Alito
Breyer
Sotomayor
111



Sossamon v. Texas 563 U.S. 277 (2011)

prisoners' rights   Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act   Spending Clause   sovereign immunity Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito
Sotomayor
212



AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion 563 U.S. 333 (2011)

Federal Arbitration Act   federal preemption   class actions
Scalia
Breyer
113



Montana v. Wyoming 563 U.S. 368 (2011)

Yellowstone River Compact   water law   change in irrigation methods reducing downstream flow   doctrine of appropriation   doctrine of recapture Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor
Scalia
114



Schindler Elevator Corp. v. United States ex rel. Kirk 563 U.S. 401 (2011)

False Claims Act   bar on qui tam suits based on public disclosures   Freedom of Information Act responses Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
Ginsburg
115



McNeill v. United States 563 U.S. 816 (2011)

Armed Career Criminal Act   sentencing enhancement for prior serious drug offense convictions Unanimous
216



Sykes v. United States 564 U.S. 1 (2011)

Armed Career Criminal Act   felony vehicle flight as predicate offense under residual clause
Kennedy
Scalia
Kagan
117



Talk America, Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. 564 U.S. 50 (2011)

Telecommunications Act of 1996   incumbent local exchange carrier interconnection duty   entrance facility as part of network Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor
Scalia
218



Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership 564 U.S. 91 (2011)

Patent Act of 1952   presumption of patent validity   on-sale bar   clear and convincing evidence
Sotomayor
Breyer
119



Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders 564 U.S. 135 (2011)

SEC Rule 10b-5   participation of corporate affiliate in making false statements Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
Breyer
220



Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri 564 U.S. 379 (2011)

employer retaliation   First Amendment   public employee speech   Petition Clause
Kennedy
Scalia
421



Turner v. Rogers 564 U.S. 431 (2011)

Due Process Clause   right to counsel in civil contempt hearing for indigent defendant facing incarceration Scalia; Roberts, Alito (in part)
Breyer
122



PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing 564 U.S. 604 (2011)

federal generic drug labeling requirements   federal preemption Roberts, Scalia, Alito; Kennedy (part)
Sotomayor
423



Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn. 564 U.S. 786 (2011)

First Amendment   freedom of speech   restriction on sale of violent video games to minors
Scalia
Alito
Breyer

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