SCOTUS issues opinion, adds no new cases to merits docket

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On January 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued one opinion in a case argued during its October 2020-2021 term, the twelfth opinion to date for the term.

In the case Henry Schein Inc. v. Archer and White Sales Inc., the court issued a per curiam opinion—a ruling given collectively by the whole court—dismissing the case as improvidently granted. Put another way, the court concluded that it should not have granted review in the case.

The case, which concerned arbitration agreements, was originally granted by the court on June 15, 2020, and was argued on December 8, 2020. 

Also on January 25, the court issued orders in pending cases following its Friday, January 22 conference but did not grant review in any new cases for the current term. 

SCOTUS is scheduled to hold its next conference on February 19. A conference is a private meeting of the justices. Among other things, the justices may consider adding cases to the court’s merits docket and issuing rulings in pending cases. Typically, the court issues orders from its Friday conference on the following Monday. 

The court’s next argument sitting is scheduled to begin on February 22. 

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