2014 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

The 2014 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 6, 2014, and concluded October 4, 2015. This was the twenty-fourth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court.
Clarence Thomas 2014 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
10
Concurrence
1
Other
22
Dissent
3
Concurrence/dissent Total = 43
Bench opinions = 37 Opinions relating to orders = 6 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 3 Most joined by: Scalia (17 in full, 2 in part) Least joined by: Breyer (4 in full, 1 in part)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
501



Maricopa County v. Lopez-Valenzuela 574 U.S. ___ (2014)

Arizona Proposition 100 (2006)   standard for granting writ of certiorari Scalia
Thomas filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of an application for a stay, saying he joined it because he did not believe four justices would vote to grant certiorari. He expressed hope, however, that his prediction would prove wrong, as the lower court's decision had invalidated a state constitutional amendment, and he thought the Court "owe[d] the people of Arizona the respect of our review."
102



Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk 574 U.S. ___ (2014)

Fair Labor Standards Act   Portal-to-Portal Act   compensation for theft prevention screening of employees Unanimous
Sotomayor
403



Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens 574 U.S. ___ (2014)

jurisdiction over denial of appeal
Ginsburg
Scalia
404



Jennings v. Stephens 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure   defense of judgment on alternative grounds Kennedy, Alito
Scalia
405



T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

Telecommunications Act of 1996   denial by local government of cell phone tower placement
Sotomayor
Alito
Roberts
406



Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

patent law   claim construction   appellate standard of review   Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Alito
Breyer
407



Plumley v. Austin 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

greater sentence after new trial   presumption of vindictiveness Scalia
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
108



M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

Employee Retirement Income Security Act   Labor Management Relations Act   interpretation of collective bargaining agreements Unanimous
Ginsburg
409



Strange v. Searcy 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

same-sex marriage Scalia
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of an application for a stay.
310



Kansas v. Nebraska 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

Republican River Compact Scalia, Alito; Roberts (in part)
Kagan
Roberts
Scalia
111



Direct Marketing Assn. v. Brohl 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

Tax Injunction Act   state collection of online sales tax   online retailer reporting requirements Unanimous
Kennedy
Ginsburg
412



Alabama Dept. of Revenue v. CSX Transp., Inc. 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

discriminatory taxation of rail carrier Ginsburg
Scalia
213



Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

status of Amtrak as governmental entity   Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008   separation of powers   nondelegation doctrine
Kennedy
Alito
214



Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Assn. 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

Administrative Procedure Act   exclusion of interpretive rules from notice-and-comment requirements   deference to agency interpretation of ambiguous regulations   separation of powers
Sotomayor
Scalia
Alito
415



B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

trademark law   issue preclusion   adjudication by Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Scalia
Alito
Ginsburg
216



Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Industry Pension Fund 574 U.S. ___ (2015)

Securities Act of 1933   opinions in registration statement later proved incorrect
Kagan
Scalia
417



Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

Fourteenth Amendment   Equal Protection Clause   redistricting   racial gerrymandering   Voting Rights Act of 1965
Breyer
Scalia
418



Rodriguez v. United States 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

Fourth Amendment   traffic stop   dog sniff of car for drugs   reasonable suspicion Alito; Kennedy (in part)
Ginsburg
Kennedy
Alito
219



Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc. 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

Natural Gas Act   federal preemption of state antitrust laws
Breyer
Scalia
420



Comptroller of Treasury of Md. v. Wynne 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

state credit for income tax paid to other states   Dormant Commerce Clause   internal consistency test Scalia (in part)
Alito
Scalia
Ginsburg
421



Wellness Int'l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

bankruptcy law   Article III   consent to adjudication by bankruptcy courts
Sotomayor
Alito
Roberts
422



Elonis v. United States 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

federal crime against communicating threat   scienter   First Amendment   freedom of speech
Roberts
Alito
323



EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

Title VII   refusal to hire applicant because of religious practices   disparate treatment   failure to accommodate
Scalia
Alito
124



Bank of America, N. A. v. Caulkett 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

bankruptcy law   Chapter 7   voidability of underwater junior lien Roberts, Scalia, Ginsburg, Alito, Kagan; Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor (in part)
425



Mellouli v. Lynch 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

removal of alien for state law drug paraphernalia conviction Alito
Ginsburg
426



County of Maricopa v. Lopez-Valenzuela 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

Arizona Proposition 100 (2006)   denial of bail to illegal immigrants charged with serious felonies   Fourteenth Amendment   Due Process Clause   substantive due process Scalia
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
327



Zivotofsky v. Kerry 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

diplomatic recognition   separation of powers   Article Two   U.S. position on status of Jerusalem   Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003   passport designation of births in Jerusalem
Kennedy
Breyer
Roberts
Scalia
428



Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Second Amendment   city restrictions on handgun accessibility in the home Scalia
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
129



Baker Botts L.L.P. v. ASARCO LLC 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

bankruptcy law   Chapter 11   attorney's fee application   award of attorneys fees for defending application   American Rule Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito; Sotomayor (in part)
Sotomayor
Breyer
430



Reyes Mata v. Lynch 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

immigration law   motion to reopen removal proceedings   court of appeals jurisdiction to review Board of Immigration Appeals actions
Kagan
131



Reed v. Town of Gilbert 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

First Amendment   free speech   content-based restrictions   regulation of signs on private property Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, Sotomayor
Breyer
Alito
Kagan
132



McFadden v. United States 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986   knowledge requirement Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan
Roberts
233



Ohio v. Clark 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Sixth Amendment   Confrontation Clause   admissibility of statements by child abuse victim to teacher   mandatory reporting obligations
Alito
Scalia
234



Davis v. Ayala 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

solitary confinement
Alito
Kennedy
Sotomayor
435



Brumfield v. Cain 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Eighth Amendment   execution of the intellectually disabled   Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 Roberts, Scalia, Alito (in part)
Sotomayor
Alito
236



Horne v. Department of Agriculture 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937   National Raisin Reserve   Fifth Amendment   Takings Clause
Roberts
Breyer
Sotomayor
437



Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Fair Housing Act   state allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits   disparate impact
Kennedy
Alito
238



Johnson v. United States 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Armed Career Criminal Act   residual clause   Fifth Amendment   Due Process Clause   void for vagueness
Scalia
Kennedy
Alito
439



Obergefell v. Hodges 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

same-sex marriage   Fourteenth Amendment   Due Process Clause   Equal Protection Clause Scalia
Kennedy
Roberts
Scalia
Alito
240



Michigan v. EPA 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Clean Air Act   regulation of power plant emissions   relevance of cost to decision to regulate
Scalia
Kagan
441



Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm'n 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Elections Clause   legislative redistricting   Arizona Proposition 106 (2000)   gerrymandering   Article III   standing of legislature to bring suit Scalia
Ginsburg
Roberts
Scalia
242



Glossip v. Gross 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Eighth Amendment   death penalty   use of midazolam in lethal injection Scalia
Alito
Scalia
Breyer
Sotomayor
443



Joyner v. Barnes 576 U.S. ___ (2015)

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 Alito
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.

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