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In late fall 2012, Joseph Palmore, then an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, stood at the lectern in the U.S. Supreme Court fully prepared to argue about appropriate remedies in an employee-retirement dispute not on many radars as a must-watch case. He neither expected nor prepared for an annoyed Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at mcoyle@alm.com. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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