Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce whether cert. will be granted in Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Jackson, no. 10-735. This is the case in which Justice Scalia stayed enforcement of a $240 million class-action judgment against the tobacco industry pending disposition of the cert. petition.
According to the docket, the case was considered in conference last Friday, March 4, which means that the outcome should be released today, unless the case is relisted for a later conference. The Supreme Court's order list for March 7 should be available at this link at approximately 10:00 a.m. Eastern.
This is the question presented in Jackson as stated in the cert. petition:
Whether the Due Process Clause prevents state courts from employing the class-action device to eliminate fundamental substantive and procedural protections that would otherwise apply to adjudications of class members’ individual claims.
UPDATE: The Jackson case was not on the order list this morning, which means that the case has been relisted for a later conference. The docket has not yet been updated to reflect the relisting.
UPDATE (3/10/11): The Jackson case has been relisted for the conference of Friday, March 18, 2011. Unless the case is relisted again, the vote will be announced on the following Monday, March 21. This is what SCOTUSblog has to say about relisting:
If a case has been relisted once, it generally means that the Court is paying close attention to the case, and the chances of a grant are higher than for an average case. But once a case has been relisted more than twice, it is generally no longer a likely candidate for plenary review, and is more likely to result in a summary reversal or a dissent from the denial of cert.