SCOTUS Civil Justice: Cases to be Heard before the Supreme Court’s October Term 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237


Robert Peck
Adjunct Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and president of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C.


Victor E. Schwartz
Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

The Supreme Court will hear a number of cases this Term in the civil justice arena that will likely have far-reaching effects. Notable questions include whether corporations can be sued in the United States for violations of the law of nations under the Alien Tort Statute, and how the Fair Debt Protection Collections Act interacts with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court will also take on the question of what proof is required in securities fraud cases before certifying a class. The panelists will each discuss the background and importance of a number of cases before noting the possible routes the Court could take toward a final decision for each one.

Robert Peck is President of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C., a Washington, D.C. law firm devoted to appellate practice. His practice brings him regularly before the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, as well as state supreme courts.

Victor Schwartz is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., and chairs its Public Policy Group. Mr. Schwartz has authored over 150 law review articles analyzing almost every major aspect of modern tort and civil justice law. Mr. Schwartz is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He has appeared on Oprah, 60 Minutes, and network news programs.

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