New US Supreme Court Terms Begins Today-Key Cases to Watch

Today, the US Supreme Court begins a new term. This will be the first full term with Justice Neil Gorsuch, and his opinions will be closely watched. Here are several key cases with long ranging implications the Justices will be taking on.

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111

This is the so-called "gay wedding cake" case. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on the grounds that it went against his religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled against Phillips.

The Justices will be examining two notable voting rights cases this term, Gill v. Whitford and Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute.

Gill v. Whitford, No. 16-1161

This is the case Justice Ginsburg has called "perhaps the most important grant so far.” Gill v. Whitford will examine the issue of gerrymandering. The District Court in Wisconsin ruled that the redistricting plan in Act 43 from 2011 was an "unconstitutional political gerrymander."

Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

This will be closely watched locally, since it involves Ohio Voter registration.  I previously wrote about it back in August. This case involves Ohio's system of purging voters from the rolls who have not updated their registration, or voted in the last two federal elections.

Workers rights will be examined this session in two cases.

Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285,  which is consolidated with two similar cases, will cover the issue of arbitration agreements in employer-employee disputes.

 Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, No. 16-1466, will again debate the issue of mandatory union fees.

Some other interesting cases this term include Carpenter v. United States, 16-402, which deals with cell phone records , and Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, 16-476, on sports betting bans.