The US Supreme Court has heard several high-profile cases since the 2019-20 term began on October 1. The rights of the LGBTQ community within the workplace, disagreements on the interpretation of the Second Amendment and the protection of religious freedom are all just a sample of what’s in store for this year.
Continue reading to learn more about the top 3 most important Supreme Court cases that are on the docket for 2020.
President Trump’s Financial Records
Three separate attempts to obtain President Trump’s personal financial records, tax returns and other documents from 2011 to 2018 were made during last year.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee, the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees and Manhattan prosecutors have all subpoenaed Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, in order to retrieve his financial records.
A ruling is expected before July, right before the 2020 presidential election. The court case will be heard in March or early April.
Louisiana’s ‘Unsafe Abortion Protection Act’
On March 4, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” a law that would require all abortion-performing doctors to have admittance privileges to nearby hospitals. This will be the first abortion case since Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh took the bench.
A similar challenge to a Texas law was struck down in the Supreme Court in 2016 when Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has since then retired, sided with the liberal party. President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights Nancy Northup is “counting on the Court to follow its precedent” of the 2016 ruling.
Google vs. Oracle: Fair Use in Internet Copyright Law
The case between Google and Oracle began approximately 10 years ago when Oracle accused Google of illegally copying lines of code for its Android-based search engine. Google combated this accusation by stating that the code used in its software interfaces is integral to its operation.
According to a report filed by Google:
“Because new software builds on components of existing software, innovation in this field largely depends on how copyright law treats software interfaces, the essential building blocks of software development.”
While the Trump administration has sided with Oracle, other technology companies stand in support of Google. The court date for the hearing has yet to be determined.