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Scheidler v. National Organization for Women (NOW)

Docket No.: 01-1118
Certiorari Granted: Apr 22 2002
Argued: December 4, 2002
Decided: February 26, 2003
Consolidated with: Operation Rescue v. National Organization for Women (NOW), No. 01-1119

Topics:

18 U.S.C. 1951, Privacy, Abortion, Due Process, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Hobbs Act, Miranda, RICO, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Sherman Act, Travel Act, antitrust, habeas, habeas corpus, murder, preliminary injunction, property rights, qualified immunity, self-incrimination

PartyNames: Pro-Life Action League, Inc. v. National Organization for Women, Inc., et al.
Petitioner: Pro-Life Action League, Inc.
Respondent: National Organization for Women, Inc., et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Citation: CA 7, 267 F.3d 687. QUESTIONS PRESENTED 1. Whether the Seventh Circuit erred in ruling, in conflict with the Ninth Circuit, that private civil litigants may obtain injunctive relief under the federal RacketeerInfluenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute?
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

Pro-Life Action League, Inc.
v.
National Organization for Women, Inc., et al.
537 U.S. 393 (2003)
Consideration Limited:

Limited to questions 1 and 2 presented by the petitions. Consolidated for one hour oral argument.

Question:

Do abortion opponents, who protest at abortion clinics, commit extortion within the meaning of the Hobbs Act? May abortion supporters obtain injunctive relief in a civil action pursuant to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act?

Scheidler v. National Organization for Women (NOW)
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 4, 2002

Holding: reversed
Decision: Decision: 8 votes for Scheidler, 1 vote(s) against
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