U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number


2019 Term

Oral Argument Date

November 05, 2019


Questions Presented

Whether Congress validly abrogated state sovereign immunity via the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, Pub. L. No. 101-553, 104 Stat. 2749 (1990), in providing remedies for authors of original expression whose federal copyrights are infringed by States

Case Updates

U.S. Supreme Court holds that the doctrine of sovereign immunity bars states from being sued for copyright infringement

March 23, 2020

Relying on precedent, the Court held that Congress did not have constitutional authority to abrogate the states’ sovereign immunity. But the Court left open the possibility that Congress in the future could permit copyright claims against states if Congress develops a stronger legislative record demonstrating state copyright infringement.

U.S. Chamber files coalition merits-stage brief urging Supreme Court to uphold Congress’ abrogation of the States’ sovereign immunity against claims of copyright infringement

August 13, 2019

Click here to view the Chamber’s amicus brief.

Beth S. Brinkman of Covington & Burling LLP served as co-counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.

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