May 3, 2012

Justice Liu’s first majority opinion comes almost eight months after joining the Court

We mentioned earlier this week that Justice Goodwin Liu, who joined the Court on September 1, 2011, recently wrote his first majority opinion in Dicon Fiberoptics, Inc. v. Franchise Tax Board. As we noted here, new justices often take several months to issue a first majority opinion: “All of the current justices penned their first opinions between three and seven months after taking the bench.” Justice Liu’s opinion for a unanimous court in Dicon Fiberoptics, issued a little less than eight months after donning his judicial robes, is thus not out of the ordinary for a new justice. It should be noted, too, that since joining the Court, Justice Liu has been busy preparing a fair number of concurring and dissenting opinions.

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