Published: February 4, 2013
Tags: Affordable Care Act, contraception, contraceptive mandate, Department of Health and Human Services, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, health care reform, HHS, Obamacare, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Act
The new federal requirement that all group health plans must include coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive methods probably violates the religious rights of an employer who is a devout Catholic, the 8th Circuit has ruled in granting a preliminary injunction.
Everyone has experienced a bad day at the office. And most lawyers have developed a thick skin against public criticism and mockery. But only one lawyer this year had to endure being called a “train wreck” on national television and being pilloried for making “the worst Supreme Court argument of all time.”
Such was the low point for Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. after defending the highly divisive Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, before the High Court.
WASHINGTON – Few pieces of legislation will have a more wide-ranging effect on the practice of law in 2013 and beyond than the Affordable Care Act.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the health care law late last month, the decision upholding the individual health insurance mandate made headlines.
But lost in the details and unknown to many was the 3.8 percent surcharge tax on net investment income set to take effect Jan. 1, 2013.
Published: January 6, 2012
Tags: arbitration, breath test, drunk driving, Facebook, gestational agreement, health care reform, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Obamacare, parental rights, privacy, product liability, sexual orientation discrimination, source code, transgender
As usual, there were a number of noteworthy decisions from federal and state courts in 2011:
1. Topping the list is the 11th Circuit’s decision to strike down the individual mandate in the new federal healthcare reform law.
The federal appeals court’s ruling is probably the
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Picking the most important case of the current U.S. Supreme Court term is no easy task, given that the justices are primed to take up issues such as the states’ ability to regulate immigration, same-sex marriage, affirmative action and warrantless GPS tracking.
The new federal health care reform law does not violate the Constitution by imposing a tax penalty on individuals who fail to maintain a minimum level of health insurance, the D.C. Circuit has ruled.
Congress does not have the authority under the Commerce Clause to require individuals to purchase a minimum level of health insurance coverage, a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled in granting summary judgment.
A state lacked standing to challenge the individual mandate authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 4th Circuit has ruled in reversing a decision declaring portions of the statute unconstitutional.
A federal court lacked jurisdiction to decide that the recently enacted federal health care reform law was constitutional, the 4th Circuit has ruled in vacating judgment and ordering a dismissal.