Supreme Court Allows Creditors to Retain Assets Lawfully Seized Prior to Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code (title 11 of the United States Code) provides numerous protections for debtors when they file a bankruptcy petition. Those protections include an automatic stay of “any act to obtain possession of . . . or to exercise control over property of the estate.” §362(a)(3). Section 542(a) of the Code states that a…

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Challenge to the FTC’s Restitution Authority to be Heard by Supreme Court

Led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) right to obtain disgorgement and restitution for victims of deceptive practices in cases filed in U.S. district court under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act. The…

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The 2018 Supreme Court Term in Review

Two of the nation’s leading U.S. Supreme Court practitioners discuss the cases before the Court for the 2018 term.

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Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy (2018)

This course discusses several Supreme Court on bankruptcy and tax issues from the 2018 term. It covers the holdings, how they will be applied, and what effect they will have on the states going forward. These cases include: Franchise Tax Board of Ca. v. Hyatt (No. 17-1299), Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC (No. 17-1657), Taggart v. Lorenzen (No. 18-489), and Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP (No. 17-1307).

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Knick v. Township of Scott

Two experts in takings law discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Knick v. Township of Scott. Likely the most important takings ruling in more than a decade, Knick overruled Williamson County and held that property owners may bring takings claims against state and local governments directly to federal court, without having to first secure just compensation under state law in state court.

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Timbs v. Indiana: Fines and Forfeitures

In this course, NAAG’s Supreme Court counsel explains Timbs v. Indiana, and an attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section explains how the Excessive Fines analysis has been applied to federal forfeitures.

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U.S. Supreme Court Brief Writing Style Guide

There are few tasks more daunting to a lawyer than being asked to write, for the first time, a U.S. Supreme Court brief.

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NAAG Announces Winners of 2020 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has announced the winners of the 2020 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards. The Best Brief Awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in brief writing in the U.S. Supreme Court. The awards honor state attorneys, who collectively handle more Supreme Court cases than almost…

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How To Write a Successful Brief In Opposition: A Guide For State Lawyers

An overview of the procedures and strategies applicable to the Supreme Court briefs in opposition process.

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NAAG Announces Winners of 2019 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has announced the winners of the 2019 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards. The Best Brief Awards honor the appellate practitioners from state attorneys general offices who have exhibited superb work in representing their states before the U.S. Supreme Court. Thirty-seven briefs were submitted for consideration this…

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