Tag Archives: US Supreme Court

FULL STORY: SCOTUS Rules PR’s Bankruptcy Law Invalid

by Gil Hall,  gil@prnewsroundup.com Published: 20160613 1333 The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico lacks the ability to create its own bankruptcy laws for its municipalities and public corporations. In 2014 Puerto Rico created its own law to restructure some of its debt, arguing that it was permitted to do so since Congress had removed it …

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FULL STORY: “SCOTUS Rules PR Not Sovereign for Purposes of Double Jeopardy

by Gil Hall, gil@prnewsroundup.com Date posted: 20160609 1107 Updated: 20160609 1156 Affirming a ruling by the Puerto Rican Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Thursday by a 6-2 margin that for the purpose of double jeopardy, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is not a sovereign power. “[T]he test hinges on a single criterion: the ‘ultimate source’ of …

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PR Attorney John Mudd on Outcomes of Sanchez-Valle at SCOTUS

By John Mudd, @muddlaw Translated by Gil Hall ( gil@prnewsroundup.com ) The oral arguments of PR v. Sánchez start Wednesday at 11 Puerto Rico time. Since it is the second case on the docket it will probably start at noon. SCOTUS does not have a webcam, so we will have to wait for a transcript of the hearing and the recording. …

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Two PR cases up for SCOTUS review

Update 12-4-15 to reflect that SCOTUS accepted writ on Franklin and will hear the case in 2016.  It is rare for a case involving Puerto Rico to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. This term, however, there are two. Gil and Puerto Rico attorney John Mudd discuss both cases in today’s 30-minute podcast. Franklin California Tax-free Trust v. Puerto Rico The first …

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