Howell v. Howell (2017)

In McCarty v. McCarty (1981) 453 U. S. 210, the Supreme Court of the United States held that states cannot characterize military retirement benefits as community property for purposes of a marital property division.  The Supreme Court noted legislative history that construed retirement benefits as a “personal entitlement,” i.e., the separate property of the servicemember. Further, … [Read more…]

Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon (2017)

In Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon (2017), the Supreme Court of the United States held in a unanimous 8-0 decision (J. Gorsuch took no part) that the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters (“Hague Service Convention”) permits service of process by mail. The Hague Service Convention, a Senate-ratified treaty … [Read more…]

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 (2017)

Although this case began within the jurisdiction of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (California is within the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ jurisdiction), the Supreme Court of the United States’ opinion in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (No. 15-827 U.S. 3/22/2017) (“Endrew F.“) is now binding in every state and federal court.  Endrew F. concerns … [Read more…]