Justice Ginsburg's Future Plans Closely Watched

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Democrats and liberals have a nightmare vision of the Supreme Court's future: President Barack Obama is defeated for re-election next year and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 78 the oldest justice, soon finds her health will not allow her to continue on the bench. The new...

Justice Kennedy Again A Dominant Figure On Roberts Supreme Court

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Supreme Court released 82 rulings in its 2010-2011 term ending in June, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy once again the dominant figure on the court, making the majority in 14 of the 16 cases that were decided by a 5-4 vote, according to veteran Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston...

9th Circuit Orders Government To State Position On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A federal appeals court that has called for the immediate halt of the military's ban on openly gay troops issued an order Monday requiring the U.S. government to state whether it will continue to defend the constitutionality of the policy in court. Monday's order comes less than...

Group Sues To Stop Texas Governor's Prayer Day

AUSTIN, Texas - (AP) A group of atheists and agnostics filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to stop an evangelical Christian prayer event next month that was proposed and is endorsed by Texas' governor. The Freedom from Religion Foundation argues in its lawsuit filed in Houston that Republican...

Court: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Stay In Place

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is back in place for the time being, with one major caveat: the government is not allowed to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone who is openly gay. A San Francisco federal appeals court ordered the military to...

Judge Tosses Attempt To Stop Texas Prayer Rally

HOUSTON - (AP) A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop Gov. Rick Perry from sponsoring a national day of Christian prayer and fasting, ruling Thursday that the group of atheists and agnostics did not have legal standing to sue. U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller said the Freedom From...

Justice Department Challenges Tough Alabama Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) The Obama administration is challenging Alabama's new law that would let police detain those stopped for traffic offenses who they suspect are in the country illegally, a statute described as one of the toughest immigration regulations nationwide. In a complaint Monday, the...

11th Circuit: Heath Care Reform Law's Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

ATLANTA - (Mealey's) A split 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 12 reversed summary judgment involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but said the health care reform law's mandate that American buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional ( State of...

11th Circuit Strikes Health Insurance Requirement

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The divided three-judge panel of the 11th...

4th Circuit: Virginia Lacked Standing To Challenge Health Care Reform Act

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 8 reversed a lower court ruling holding that the individual mandate provision contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was unconstitutional, finding that the State of Virginia lacked standing...

Pennsylvania Federal Judge: Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Violates Constitution

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Sept. 13 held that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is an unconstitutional extension of authority granted to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause ( Barbara...

States Petition Supreme Court In Health Care Act Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) States challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) filed a petition on Sept. 28 for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision affirming that the individual mandate contained in the act...

Government Petitions U.S. Supreme Court In Health Care Act Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government on Sept. 28 filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in affirming that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional...

Obama Appeals Health Care Setback To Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Raising prospects for a major election-year ruling, the Obama administration launched its Supreme Court defense of its landmark health care overhaul Wednesday, appealing what it called a "fundamentally flawed" appeals court decision that declared the law's central...

The Week in Securities Litigation: Obama Announces New Financial Fraud Task Force, SEC Enforcement, Litigation Trends

The President announced a new financial fraud task force focused on the root causes of the financial crisis in his State of the Union Address to Congress. The new task force is composed of DOJ and state prosecutors. It is charged with investigating the securitization process which many believe is at...

High Court Hears First Day Of Arguments On Health Care Reform Act

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 heard oral arguments on whether challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are premature under the Anti-Injunction Act and should be barred until penalties for failing to purchase health care insurance under the individual mandate have to be paid ...

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 heard oral arguments on whether the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that requires most Americans to purchase health care insurance is constitutional ( Department of Health and Human...

High Court Hears Arguments On Severability Of Individual Mandate In Health Care Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In the first of two sessions on March 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether, if the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) is found unconstitutional, it can be severed from the remainder of the act ( National...

High Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Expansion Of Medicaid Required By PPACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In the final of four sessions of oral arguments held this week pertaining to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments March 28 on whether the act's expansion of Medicaid is constitutional ( State of Florida, et...

In Sweeping Opinion, High Court Upholds Constitutionality Of Health Care Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a sweeping opinion covering four issues addressed over three days of oral argument, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28 found that the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) does not bar challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), that the individual mandate...

Williams Mullen: D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals Pushes Back At NLRB, President Obama

By David C. Burton Once again the National Labor Relations Board has been found to have issued a decision without the statutorily mandated three member quorum. On January 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the National Labor Relations Board's decision...

High Court Agrees To Hear Appeal Of NLRB Quorum Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 agreed to decide whether President Obama's "recess" appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 should be upheld ( National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a Division of the Noel Corp...

Emergency Application Filed With U.S. High Court Seeking To Halt NLRB Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) CSC Holdings LLC and its direct subsidiary Cablevision Systems New York City Corp. filed an emergency application with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on July 1 seeking to halt National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings concerning unfair labor practice...

Chief Justice Denies Request To Shut Down NLRB

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on July 2 denied an emergency application filed a day earlier seeking to halt National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings pending a decision on the dispute over “recess” appointments to the...

Duane Morris LLP: Compounding Pharmacies Now Subject To Federal Oversight

On November 27, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act . Title I of this law—entitled the Compounding Quality Act (the "CQA")—allows the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to oversee drug compounding in human health. The CQA does not apply...