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Supreme Court Announces January Oral Argument Schedule

By Robyn Hagan Cain | Last updated on

The Supreme Court will only hear six more cases in 2011. We can’t tell you if 2012 will be a happy new year or not, but we can let you know which cases the Supreme Court will hear when they return to the Bench for the January sitting.

There’s a heavy focus on administrative law in January, with litigants challenging decisions from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration Review Board, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Thanks to a federal holiday, The Nine will only hear 10 cases to start the year. Without further ado, here’s the January oral argument schedule.

Monday, January 9:

Tuesday, January 10:

Wednesday, January 11:

Tuesday, January 17:

Wednesday, January 18:

Yes, we know the only case you really care about - the individual mandate challenge - is not on this list; that's because the Court has yet to schedule the planned 5.5 hours of arguments. (Don't worry; we'll have that information to you as soon as it's available.)

And while you wait for the glorious day when the Court will hear the Affordable Care Act cases, you can entertain yourself with FCC v. Fox Television Stations. You may know it as the Cher and Nicole Richie F-bomb case. Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but we giggle thinking about Justice Thomas debating the merits of Nicole Richie's comments at an awards show. It would be a first in so many ways ...

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