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Docket Number16-1432
Term2017
Full NameAshley Sveen v. Kaye Melin
Short NameSveen v. Melin
PetitionerAshley Sveen
RespondentKaye Melin
Date Argued (Reargued)March 19, 2018
Date DecidedJune 11, 2018

Question Presented

In 2002, Minnesota enacted legislation providing, in relevant part, that "the dissolution or annulment of a marriage revokes any revocable ... beneficiary designation ... made by an individual to the individual's former spouse." Minn. Stat. ยง 524.2-804, subd. 1. Thus, if a person designates a spouse as a life insurance beneficiary and later gets divorced, Minnesota law provides that the beneficiary designation is automatically revoked. At least twenty-eight other states have enacted similar revocation-upon-divorce statutes. The question presented is: Does the application of a revocation-upon-divorce statute to a contract signed before the statute's enactment violate the Contracts Clause?

Case Events

NoDateDescription
17 2018-01-26Amicus brief of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel submitted.
16 2018-01-24SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, March 19, 2018
15 2018-01-22Brief of petitioners Ashley Sveen, et al. filed.
14 2018-01-22Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioners GRANTED.
13 2018-01-16Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioners Ashley Sveen, et al.
12 2017-12-18Letter from counsel for petitioners regarding case caption filed.
11 2017-12-08Petition GRANTED.
10 2017-11-20DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/8/2017.
9 2017-10-23Rescheduled.
8 2017-10-18DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/3/2017.
7 2017-10-06Reply of petitioners Ashley Sveen, et al. filed.
6 2017-09-29Brief of respondent Kaye Melin in opposition filed.
5 2017-08-16Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 29, 2017.
4 2017-08-01Response Requested. (Due August 31, 2017)
3 2017-07-19DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 25, 2017.
2 2017-06-05Waiver of right of respondent Kaye Melin to respond filed.
1 2017-06-01Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 3, 2017)

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Adam G. UnikowskyAshley Sveen, et al.Counsel of RecorJenner & Block, LLP1099 New York Avenue, NWSuite 900Washington, DC 20001aunikowsky@jenner.com202-639-6000petitioner
Robert John LangeKaye MelinAmicus7831 Glenroy RoadSuite 145Bloomington, MN 55439-3115Bob@LawyerBob.com(952)-837-1900respondent
Robert W. GoldmanAmerican College of Trust and Estate CounselCounsel of RecGoldman Felcoski & Stone, P.A.850 Parkshore DriveSuite 203Naples, FL 34103rgoldman@gfsestatelaw.com239 436-1988other
Shay DvoretzkyKaye MelinCounsel of RecordJones Day51 Louisiana Avenue NWWashington, DC 20001-2113(202)-879-3474respondent
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