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Shelby County, Alabama v. Lynch

Case Information

Date Filed: April 27, 2010
State: Alabama
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Current Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Case 14-5138)


Whether Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act are unconstitutional.


Appellee Attorney General Holder brief filed 12/1/11.  Amicus Brief of New York Law School Racial Justice Project filed 12/7/11. Appellant Shelby County, Alabama filed 12/15/11. Court of Appeals Opinion and Order filed 5/18/12. Petition for certiorari filed 7/20/12. Brief for Respondents in Opposition to certiorari filed 9/24/12. Petition for Certiorari granted 11/9/12. Set for argument 2/27/13. Petitioner's Brief filed 12/26/12. Reply Brief for Petitioner filed 2/19/13. Supreme Court oral argument held 2/27/13. Opinion finding section 4 unconstitutional filed 6/25/13. Order denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney's Fees filed 5/28/14. Notice of Appeal filed 6/3/14. Appellant's Brief filed 10/28/14. Appellee's Brief filed 12/12/14. Joint Appellee's Brief filed 12/22/14. Appellant Reply Brief filed 1/16/15. Oral argument heard on 4/10/15. Per Curiam Judgment 9/01/15. Opinion filed 9/01/15.  MANDATE of USCA ORDERED10/27/15.

Disclosure: EL@M Senior Fellow Daniel Tokaji is an amicus curiae supporting Respondents in this case. No EL@M member who participates in any lawsuit covered on the EL@M website is involved in generating the website's information or analysis on that lawsuit.

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