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In Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami and in Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami — consolidated for review — the Supreme Court is considering whether a city government may sue the alleged perpetrators over racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

In Bethune-Hill, et al. v. Virginia State Board of Elections, et al., the Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether the Virginia legislature’s use of a fixed racial quota to draw its state legislative districts violates the Fourteenth Amendment.

In Buck v. Davis, the Supreme Court is considering whether an African American man who was sentenced to death following a hearing that included racially biased testimony from an expert witness should be allowed to appeal a district court’s refusal to undo the dismissal of his habeas corpus petition.

In Hernández v. Mesa, the Supreme Court is considering whether a U.S. Border Patrol agent can be sued for fatally shooting a Mexican teenager across the U.S.-Mexico border as a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

In Hodes & Nauser M.D.s, P.A., et al. v. Schmidt & Howe, the Kansas Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether Sections 1 and 2 of the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights protect a woman’s right to obtain an abortion.

In McCrory v. Harris, the Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether the North Carolina legislature’s use of a fixed racial quota to draw majority-minority congressional districts violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. 

In MetLife, Inc. v. Financial Stability Oversight Council, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering a challenge to the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of MetLife as a systemically important non-bank financial institution.

In National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc., the Supreme Court is being asked to consider the proper interpretation of a provision of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA), the federal law that governs the designation of acting officers to temporarily fill vacancies that can only be permanently filled following Senate confirmation. 

In Peña Rodriguez v. Colorado, the Supreme Court is considering whether a state no-impeachment rule can constitutionally bar evidence of racial bias offered to prove a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.

PHH Corporation, et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau involves a challenge to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”), an agency created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to end the longstanding fragmentation of responsibility for consumer financial protection that contributed greatly to the 2008 financial crisis.

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