Legal News of the Day: Supreme Court Issues First Opinion of New Term

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court released the first opinion of the 2012-2013 term (find the slip opinion of U.S. v. Bormes here), ruling unanimously that the federal government doesn’t automatically waive sovereign immunity through the Little Tucker Act.  Instead, the Court held that waiver of immunity occurs when a law imposing monetary damages has judicial remedies of its own.  The court did not determine if the law at issue, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, waived sovereign immunity, instead remanding the case back to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  F0r a summary of the case’s holding, see SCOTUSBlog’s analysis.