Today in 1816: SCOTUS rules that it has the final say on federal law questions

Mar 20, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 20, 1816, the Supreme Court ruled in Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee that it has the final authority to decide questions of federal law, even over state courts.

Today in 1817: The Supreme Court establishes the principle of “caveat emptor”

Mar 15, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 15, 1817, the Supreme Court ruled in Laidlaw v. Organ and established the principle of “caveat emptor” — buyer beware.

Today in 1814: Treaty ends final war between U.S. and Britain

Dec 24, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Many see the War of 1812 as the event that first unified French-speaking Canadians with their English-speaking counterparts as they fought to defend their territory.