Today’s Interesting Supreme Court Line-Up

Among the opinions the Supreme Court handed down this morning was Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, concerning the application of the first-sale doctrine to copyrighted works sold abroad.  I’ll leave the substance of the opinion to others.  What interests me is the line-up: Justice Breyer delivered the opinion of the Court joined by the Chief Justice, and Justice Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor and Kagan.  Justice Kagan also authored a concurring opinion, joined by Justice Alito.  Justice Ginsburg dissented, joined by Justice Kennedy and in part by Justice Scalia.  This is certainly a line-up one does not see very often.

UPDATE: See also this post from John Elwood.