STATUS OF PENDING EN BANC CASES

 

June 10, 2019

This report is provided for case identification and background information only and does not reflect the views of the court. When a case is heard or reheard en banc, the en banc court assumes jurisdiction over the entire case, see 28 U.S.C. § 46(c), regardless of the issue or issues that may have caused any member of the Court to vote to hear the case en banc. Summerlin v. Stewart, 309 F.3d 1193 (9th Cir. 2002).  In those cases where the parties have filed petitions for rehearing en banc and oppositions, you can access the pdfs by clicking the case title.

 

Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, Nos. 16-56057, 16-56287

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 905 F.3d 1116 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  2019 WL 2415929 (9th Cir. June 10, 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  June 10, 2019 

Status:   To be calendared  week of September 23, 2019, in San Francisco, California 

Members of En Banc Court:  Not yet available

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court's judgment after a jury trial in favor of the defendants in a copyright infringement suit alleging that Led Zeppelin copied "Stairway to Heaven" from the song "Taurus," written by Spirit band member Randy Wolfe.   

Holding: Not yet decided

 

Bd. of Trustees v. Chambers,  No. 16-15588

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 903 F.3d 829 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  923 F.3d 1162 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  May 22, 2019 

Status:   Calendared 10:00 a.m. on June 18, 2019, in San Francisco, California 

Members of En Banc Court:  THOMAS, Chief Judge, and W. FLETCHER, GOULD, BYBEE, CALLAHAN, M. SMITH, Jr., IKUTA, CHRISTEN, OWENS, R. NELSON, and BADE, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from district court's summary judgment in favor of trustees of joint labor-management employee benefit trusts in the trustees' action against the Nevada Labor Commissioner seeking a declaratory judgment that a Nevada state statute purporting to regulate trusts was preempted by Employee Retirement Income Security Act.   

Holding: Not yet decided

 

Ross v. Williams,  No. 16-16533

Three-Judge Panel Opinion896 F.3d 958 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  920 F.3d 1222 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  April 16, 2019 

Status:   Calendared 1:00 p.m. on June 19, 2019, in San Francisco, California 

Members of En Banc Court:  THOMAS, Chief Judge, and W. FLETCHER, GOULD, PAEZ, BERZON, CALLAHAN, M. SMITH, Jr., IKUTA, NGUYEN, WATFORD, and FRIEDLAND, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court’s judgment dismissing as untimely California state prisoner Ronald Ross’s amended habeas corpus petition brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. 

Holding: Not yet decided

 

Murray v. BEJ Minerals, LLC, No. 16-35506

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 896 F.3d 979 (9th Cir. 2018

Order Taking Case En Banc:  920 F.3d 583 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  April 4, 2019 

Status:   The en banc court stayed proceedings and certified the following question to the Montana Supreme Court:  Whether, under Montana law, dinosaur fossils constitute "minerals" for the purpose of a mineral reservation.

Members of En Banc Court:  Not yet available

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court’s summary judgment in favor of Lige and Mary Ann Murray, owners of a Montana ranch, who brought this action seeking a declaratory judgment that dinosaur fossils found on the ranch belonged to them as owners of the surface estate. 

Holding: Not yet decided

 

Martinez-Cedillo v. Barr,  No. 14-71742

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 896 F.3d 979 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  918 F.3d 601 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  March 18, 2019 

Subject Matter:   Petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ determination that Marcelo Martinez-Cedillo’s conviction for child endangerment, in violation of California Penal Code § 273a(a), constitutes a crime of child abuse that renders him removable under 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(E)(i). 

Order:  Appeal dismissed as moot, order scheduling oral argument following the grant of rehearing en banc vacated, three-judge panel disposition vacated. 

 

United States v. Broines, No. 16-10150

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 890 F.3d 811 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  915 F.3d 591 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  February 13, 2019 

Status:   Argued and submitted March 27, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in San Francisco, California

Members of En Banc Court:   THOMAS, Chief Judge, and GRABER, McKEOWN, WARDLAW, BERZON, M. SMITH, Jr., IKUTA, CHRISTEN, NGUYEN, BENNETT, and R. NELSON, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court's imposition of a sentence of life without parole on a juvenile offender. 

Holding: Not yet decided

  

Young v. State of Hawaii, No. 12-17808

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 896 F.3d 1044 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  915 F.3d 681 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  February 8, 2019 

Status:   Stayed pending the issuance of an opinion by the United States Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, No. 18-280 

Members of En Banc Court:   Not yet available

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court's dismissal of plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging that the County of Hawaii's denial of his application for a handgun license violated his Second Amendment right to carry a loaded firearm in public for self-defense.

Holding: Not yet decided

 

LULAC v. Wheeler, No. 17-71636

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 899 F.3d 814 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  914 F.3d 1189 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  February 6, 2019 

En Banc Order:  922 F.3d 443 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of En Banc Order:  April 19, 2019

Members of En Banc Court:   THOMAS, Chief Judge, and McKEOWN, WARDLAW, PAEZ, BEA, CHRISTEN, NGUYEN, WATFORD, OWENS, FRIEDLAND, and BENNETT, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Petition for review from the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 order maintaining a tolerance for (i.e. a limited allowance for the use of) the pesticide chlorpyrifos. 

Order:  The en banc court construed the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)’s opening brief as a request for mandamus relief, and granted the petition for a writ of mandamus. The en banc court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to issue, no later than 90 days after the filing of this order, a full and fair decision on LULAC’s objections to an EPA order denying a 2007 petition to cancel all tolerances for the pesticide chlorpyrifos, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 346a(g)(2)(C).

  

Ellis v. Harrison, No. 16-56188

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 891 F.3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  914 F.3d 1188 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  January 31, 2019

Status:   Calendared 2:00 p.m. on June 18, 2019, in San Francisco, California

Members of En Banc Court:   THOMAS, Chief Judge, and HAWKINS, WARDLAW, BYBEE, CALLAHAN, M. SMITH, Jr., MURGUIA, NGUYEN, WATFORD, HURWITZ, and OWENS, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court’s denial of California inmate Ezzard Ellis’s habeas corpus petition in which he contended that he was denied his Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel because his trial attorney held deeply racist beliefs about African Americans in general and him in particular. 

Holding: Not yet decided

 

DNC v. Hobbs, No. 18-15845

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 904 F.3d 686 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  911 F.3d 942 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  January 2, 2019

Status:    Argued and submitted March 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in San Francisco, California

Members of En Banc Court:   THOMAS, Chief Judge, and O'SCANNLAIN, GRABER, W. FLETCHER, RAWLINSON, CLIFTON, BYBEE, CALLAHAN, MURGUIA, WATFORD, and OWENS, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court’s judgment, entered following a bench trial, in an action challenging under the First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, and § 2 of the Voting Rights Act, two state of Arizona election practices:  (1) Arizona’s requirement that in-person voters cast their ballots in their assigned precinct, which Arizona enforces by not counting ballots cast in the wrong precinct; and (2) House Bill 2023, which makes it a felony for third parties to collect early ballots from voters, unless the collector falls into one of several exceptions.  

Holding: Not yet decided

 

Easley v. City of Riverside, No. 16-55941

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 890 F.3d 851 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  908 F.3d 1156 (9th Cir. 2018)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  November 15, 2018

En Banc Memorandum Disposition2019 WL 1489549 (9th Cir. April 3, 2019)

Date of En Banc Memorandum Disposition:  April 3, 2019

Members of En Banc Court:   THOMAS, Chief Judge, and GRABER, W. FLETCHER, PAEZ, BERZON, BYBEE, BEA, M. SMITH, Jr., CHRISTEN, HURWITZ, and BENNETT, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court's grant, on summary judgment, of qualified immunity to a police officer in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging that the officer used excessive force when he shot plaintiff three times following a traffic stop.  

Holding:  Because there were disputed issues of fact, and in light of the parties’ joint stipulation, the en banc court reversed the district court's entry of summary judgment and remanded for trial. 

 

C.J.L.G. v. Sessions, No. 16-73801

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 880 F.3d 1122 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  904 F.3d 642 (9th Cir. 2018)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  September 19, 2018

En Banc Opinion:  923 F.3d 622 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of En Banc Opinion:  May 3, 2019

Members of En Banc Court:   THOMAS, Chief Judge, and GRABER, McKEOWN, W. FLETCHER, PAEZ, BERZON, RAWLINSON, CALLAHAN, IKUTA, NGUYEN, and HURWITZ, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Petition for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision denying alien minor's applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention against Torture.  

Holding:  Granting C.J.L.G.’s petition for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision, the en banc court concluded that the Immigration Judge who ordered C.J. removed erred by failing to advise him about his apparent eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile status, and remanded.

 

 

United States v. Depue, No. 15-10553

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 879 F.3d 1021 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  898 F.3d 1265 (9th Cir. 2018)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  August 7, 2018

En Banc Opinion:  912 F.3d 1227 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of En Banc Opinion:  January 14, 2019

Members of En Banc Court:  Thomas, Chief Judge, and W. Fletcher, Paez, Berzon, M. Smith, Ikuta, Christen, Nguyen, Watford, Hurwitz, and Friedland, Circuit Judges 

Subject Matter:   Appeal from convictions and sentence for fraud and conspiracy in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme.  

Holding:  Affirming the convictions and sentence, the en banc court reaffirmed the distinction between waiver and forfeiture of sentencing challenges: a defendant waives his rights and precludes plain error review only when there is evidence that he knew of his rights at the time and nonetheless relinquished them.

 

In re. Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation, Nos. 15-56014+

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 881 F.3d 679 (9th Cir. 2018)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  897 F.3d 1003 (9th Cir. 2018)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  July 27, 2018

En Banc Opinion:  2019 WL 2376831 (9th Cir. June 6, 2019)

Date of En Banc Opinion:  June 6, 2019

Members of En Banc Court:  THOMAS, Chief Judge, and KLEINFELD, W. FLETCHER, BERZON, RAWLINSON, BYBEE, M. SMITH, Jr., IKUTA, CHRISTEN, NGUYEN, and HURWITZ, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court's order granting class certification in a nationwide class action settlement arising out of misstatements by defendants Hyundai Motor America, Inc. and its affiliate, Kia Motors, Inc., regarding the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. 

Holding:  The en banc court affirmed the district court’s orders and judgment certifying a nationwide settlement class, approving a settlement, and awarding attorneys’ fees in a multidistrict litigation brought against Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America regarding alleged misrepresentations about their vehicles’ fuel economy.

 

 

Andrews v. Davis, Nos. 09-99012+

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 866 F.3d 994 (9th Cir. 2017)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  888 F.3d 1020 (9th Cir. 2018)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  April 26, 2018

Status:   Argued and submitted September 25, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in Pasadena, California

Members of En Banc Court:  THOMAS, Chief Judge, and GOULD, BERZON, RAWLINSON, BYBEE, N.R. SMITH, MURGUIA, NGUYEN, WATFORD, OWENS, and FRIEDLAND, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court's denial of all but one of the claims raised in California state prisoner Jesse James Andrews's petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, and cross-appeal by state from the district court's grant of relief on Andrews's claim that his counsel's assistance was ineffective at the penalty phase of his capital murder trial. 

Holding: Not yet decided

 

Marinelarena v. Sessions, No. 14-72003

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 869 F.3d 780 (9th Cir. 2017)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  886 F.3d 737 (9th Cir. 2018)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  March 29, 2018

Status:   Argued and submitted September 27, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in Pasadena, California

Members of En Banc Court:  THOMAS, Chief Judge, and TASHIMA, GRABER, W. FLETCHER, BERZON, RAWLINSON, BYBEE, M. SMITH, Jr., IKUTA, WATFORD, and FRIEDLAND, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision finding petitioner Aracely Marinelarena ineligible for cancellation of removal because she had failed to meet her burden of proof to show that her conviction was not for a disqualifying controlled substance offense.   

Holding: Not yet decided

 

Am. Beverage Association v. City and County of San Francisco, Nos. 16-16072+

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 871 F.3d 884 (9th Cir. 2017)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  880 F.3d 1019 (9th Cir. 2018)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  January 29, 2018

En Banc Opinion2019 WL 387114 (9th Cir. Jan. 31, 2019)

Date of En Banc Opinion:  January 31, 2019

Members of En Banc Court:  THOMAS, Chief Judge, and D.W. NELSON, GRABER, W. FLETCHER, BERZON, IKUTA, MURGUIA, CHRISTEN, NGUYEN, HURWITZ, and OWENS, Circuit Judges

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court’s denial of the plaintiff Associations’ motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking to enjoin the implementation of the City and County of San Francisco’s ordinance that would require warnings about the health effects of certain sugar-sweetened beverages on specific types of fixed advertising within San Francisco. 

Holding:  The en banc court reversed the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction and remanded in an action challenging the City and County of San Francisco’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance, which requires health warnings on advertisements for certain sugar-sweetened beverages.

 

Ibrahim v. US Dep't of Homeland Security, Nos. 14-16161+

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: 835 F.3d 1048 (9th Cir. 2016)

Order Taking Case En Banc:  878 F.3d 703 (9th Cir. 2017)

Date of Order Taking Case En Banc:  December 29, 2017

En Banc Opinion:  912 F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. 2019)

Date of En Banc Opinion:  January 2, 2019

Members of En Banc Court:  Chief Judge Thomas, Judges McKeown, Wardlaw, W. Fletcher, Berzon, Callahan, M. Smith, N.R. Smith, Christen, Nguyen, and Watford

Subject Matter:   Appeal from the district court’s award of attorney’s fees and expenses pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act and the Supreme Court’s decision in Hensley v. Eckerhart, 461 U.S. 424 (1983). 

Holding:  The en banc court reversed the district court, vacated the award of attorneys’ fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, and remanded with instructions to recalculate the fees for the civil rights law firm that represented Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim in her successful challenge to her inclusion on the Transportation Security Administration’s "No Fly" list.