Factbox: Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick could affect pending cases

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By Lawrence Hurley

<span class="articleLocation”>President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S.
Supreme Court, due to be named on Tuesday, could have an
immediate impact on cases already pending before the justices.

The nine-seat court has been operating with only eight
justices since the death of conservative Antonin Scalia on Feb.
13, 2016, with four liberals and four conservatives. The court
has ended up with 4-4 split decisions in several cases. The new
justice could cast the deciding vote in some cases being
considered by the justices in their term that ends in June.

Here is a look at some cases in which the new justice could
be pivotal.

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

A major transgender rights dispute over whether a public
school district in Virginia can prevent a female-born
transgender student who identifies as male from using the boys’
bathroom.

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley

A religious rights case from Missouri in which a church
contends the state violated the U.S. Constitution’s First
Amendment guarantee of religious freedom by denying it funds for
a playground project due to a state ban on aid to religious
organizations.

Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis

A significant case for business and labor on whether
companies can head off costly class action lawsuits by forcing
employees to give up their right to pursue work-related legal
claims in court as a group.

Microsoft Corp v. Baker

A class action case on Microsoft Corp’s bid to fend
off claims by Xbox 360 owners who contend that the videogame
console has a design defect that causes game discs to be gouged.



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