Court schedules big cases at end of March

By Kimberly Atkins
The Daily Record Newswire
BOSTON — In recent history, the last week in March has been one to watch at the U.S. Supreme Court.

During that week last year, the justices held marathon oral arguments in the challenge to the federal health care law. The year before, it was the closely watched case involving Wal-Mart employees who sought to form the nation’s largest employment bias class action.

This year, another set of high profile cases will have the justices’ attention that same week: the challenges to California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage and to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Those cases will be heard, respectively, on March 26 and 27, with each getting one hour of allotted arguments.