The solicitor general’s name on a petition before the Supreme Court carries a lot of weight all by itself. But when it is joined by the top lawyers for the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce and Energy, it is likely to get the full attention of the justices and their law clerks.

Those are the names on a petition that will be considered at the Court’s conference today for possible grant or denial as early as next week. The case, United States v. Eurodif, involves the import of low-enriched uranium (LEU), a critical ingredient in the production of nuclear power. Billed as the first time the United States has brought an anti-dumping case to the Supreme Court, it also gives the high court a chance to take a skeptical look at another ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. (That court’s patent decisions have not fared too well at the hands of the Supreme Court in recent years.)

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