Virginia Responds To Motion To Dismiss Health Care Lawsuit

RICHMOND Va. - (AP) Virginia on Monday disputed the Obama administration's claim that the state lacks standing to challenge the new federal health care reform law. State Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli also said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is wrong in contending that...

Arkansas Plaintiffs Move To Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Reform Act

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (Mealey's) Arkansas residents challenging the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) on Sept. 8 in Arkansas federal court moved to dismiss their class action complaint without prejudice ( Jeannie Burlsworth, et al. v. Eric Holder, in his official...

Supreme Court Denies Review Of Health Care Reform Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 8 declined review of the first petition for writ of certiorari filed in a case challenging the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) ( Steven Baldwin, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al. , No. 10-369, U.S. Sup.). The...

Liberty University's Challenge Of Health Care Law Dismissed

LYNCHBURG, Va. - (Mealey's) A Virginia federal judge on Nov. 30 dismissed a lawsuit brought by group of plaintiffs in Virginia, including a private Christian university, challenging the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), saying that the new law is constitutional...

Judge Rules Parts Of Health Care Act Unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. -- (Mealey's) A Virginia federal judge on Dec. 13 held that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional and severed it from the rest of the act; the judge denied the plaintiff's request for injunctive relief ( Commonwealth...

Supreme Court Denies Fast-Track Review In Challenge To Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on April 25 rejected Virginia's request for a writ of certiorari before judgment for review of a lower court's decision holding that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional...

Cigarettes Will Carry Grisly New Warning Labels

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) Rotting teeth and gums. Diseased lungs. A sewn-up corpse of a smoker. Cigarette smoke coming out of the tracheotomy hole in a man's neck. Cigarette packs in the U.S. will have to carry these macabre images in nine new warning labels that are part of a campaign . . . . Full version...

Virginia Petitions High Court Over Dismissal Of Challenge To Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Commonwealth of Virginia on Sept. 30 filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in finding that Virginia lacked standing to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

Liberty University Petitions Supreme Court Over Dismissal Of Health Care Reform Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A Christian school on Oct. 10 filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking review of a divided lower court decision that held that the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) stripped the court of jurisdiction to hear a challenge to the Patient Protection and...

Graphic Images On Cigarette Packs Are Unconstitutional Compelled Speech, Judge Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Food and Drug Administration's proposed graphic warnings for cigarette packs violate the First Amendment bar against compelled speech, a District of Columbia federal judge ruled Feb. 29 in granting summary judgment in favor of five tobacco companies ( R.J. Reynolds...

U.S. Supreme Court OKs Attorney Fees In Untimely, Good Faith Vaccine Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A federal vaccine compensation petitioner who filed an untimely claim may qualify for attorney fees if her claim was filed in good faith and there was a reasonable basis for it, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 20 ( Kathleen Sebelius, et al. v. Melissa Cloer , No. 12...