Monday, June 24, 2019

Supreme Court Asks SG For Views On Catholic Diocese Pension Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today called for the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the views of the United States in Archdiocese of San Juan v. Feliciano, (Docket No. 18-921). (Order List.)   The case poses the question of whether Puerto Rico courts can get to the assets of numerous related Catholic entities in Puerto Rico to satisfy pension obligations to Catholic school employees. The petition describes the question presented as: "Whether the First Amendment empowers courts to override the chosen legal structure of a religious organization and declare all of its constituent parts a single legal entity subject to joint and several liability." Here is the SCOTUSblog case page for the case linking to all the filings in the case.