New opinion — Virgin Islands cert case

Before I started this blog, I had no idea that CA3 had certiorari jurisdiction over Virgin Islands Supreme Court cases. Today I learned that such cert jurisdiction soon will be a thing of the past, because in 2012 Congress eliminated CA3’s cert jurisdiction and replaced it with Scotus direct review. Today’s decision involves a cert petition filed before the 2012 change; the court ruled that it retains cert jurisdiction over such cases but it dismissed this case as moot.

The case is United Industrial v. Government of the Virgin Islands. Opinion by Cowen, joined by Fisher and Nygaard. Arguing counsel were Namosha Boykin for the petitioner and Joss Springette for the respondent.