FantasySCOTUS Update for Cases Decided on 1/20/16

Today the Court decided five cases (although three of them were consolidated). Both the Crowd and the Algorithm accurately predicted the outcomes in 4 out of the 5 cases. Although, neither the Crowd nor the Algorithm got the splits correct in any of the cases.

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Five Cases

In Montanile v. Board of Trustees of National Elevator Industry (ERISA), the Court reversed 8-1. Only Justice Ginsburg dissented.

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Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry

Not a single user picked up on Justice Ginsburg’s dissent and predicted the 8-1 reversal. This despite a similar dissent from Ginsburg on a substantially similar case back in 2003. As her dissent today noted:

What brings the Court to that bizarre conclusion? As developed in my dissenting opinion in Great-West Life & Annuity Ins. Co. v. Knudson, 534 U. S. 204, 224–234 (2002), the Court erred profoundly in that case by reading the work product of a Congress sitting in 1974 as “unravel[ling] forty years of fusion of law and equity, solely by employing the benign sounding word ‘equitable’ when authorizing ‘appropriate equitable relief.’” Langbein, What ERISA Means by “Eq- uitable”: The Supreme Court’s Trail of Error in Russell, Mertens, and Great-West, 103 Colum. L. Rev. 1317, 1365 (2003).

In our next case, Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez (a class-action case) the Court affirmed 6-3. We totally missed this one. Both the Crowd and the Algorithm predicted a reversal, although the Crowd did predict a 5-4 split on their forecast reversal.

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Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

The Crowd predicted a sharp divide, and interestingly, it was Justices Kennedy and Thomas who threw the biggest curveballs here.

The final three consolidated cases – Kansas v. Jonathan Carr, Kansas v. Reginald Carr, and Kansas v. Gleason – concerned a death penalty jury instruction case. The outcome was an 8-1 Reverse. Both the Crowd and the Algorithm predicted the outcome, but neither got the correct split. Individual users, however, correctly predicted Justice Sotomayor would dissent alone.

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Kansas v. J. Carr, Kansas v. R. Carr, and Kansas v. Gleason

With 10 cases decided, the FantasySCOTUS crowd and {Marshall}+ Algorithm have each correctly predicted 80% of the cases thus far. However, the Justice Accuracy Rate is much higher for the Crowd. As for the Expert Crowd, they’ve nailed 90% of the cases so far.

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Top Cases for January 21, 2016

Here are the rankings for the top 20 users.

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Top 20 Users, January 2016