After the end of the Supreme Court’s previous term, commentators fretted that the already-low number of cases the Court decided (only 67 signed opinions) might go even lower this term. In what was seen as a partial response, the Court in late September granted review in 17 cases, an unusually large number that helped fill its argument calendar for January and February.

But one of those cases, Ali v. Achim, was dismissed Dec. 27 following a settlement of the issue by the parties in the case. The settlement, between the U.S. government and a Somalian refugee, is unusual because the government is usually loath to scrub a case after the parties and the Court have devoted so much time and effort to it.

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