Monday, June 26, 2006

Breaking: SCt Says no Expert Fees in IDEA Cases

According to SCOTUSBlog, the Court ruled today in the Murphy case that prevailing parents may not recover expert fees in IDEA cases. The ruling was 5-4. This isn't a surprise, but it's a real loss (much more than Schaffer earlier this Term). I'll post more when I've read the opinions.

UPDATE: Just downloaded the opinions. The score was actually 6-3. Justice Alito wrote for the Court, joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas. Justice Ginsburg concurred in the judgment, and Justices Souter and Breyer (the latter joined by Justices Stevens and Souter) dissented.


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