Why the Colbert Report is wrong about friend-of-the-court briefs

Various news and entertainment outlets have questioned the usefulness of friend-of-the-court briefs (also known as amicus briefs) at the Supreme Court. Both the New York Times and the Colbert Report recently endorsed a law professor’s article questioning the validity of … Continue reading

D.C. Circuit orders Feds to respond to Obamacare rehearing petition

On Monday, we filed a petition for rehearing en banc in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Services, asking the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear our challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Today, “upon consideration of the petition … Continue reading

NR-PLF Supreme Court preview event: fish and raisin jokes, and some serious Supreme Court analysis

National Review/Pacific Legal Foundation’s “first annual” preview event on Monday of the Supreme Court’s term was a great success, as reflected by the live coverage and two re-broadcasts by C-SPAN. The event’s focus was on cases the Supreme Court had … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in support of California raisin farmers

Under a draconian, Depression-era regulatory scheme, California raisin farmers are required to hand over a portion of their crop to the “Raisin Administrative Committee” (RAC), rather than selling it on the open market. The RAC is an unelected board overseen … Continue reading

An inside look at Fisher

There’s a new book out on Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor.  I have not read the book, but PLF friend Josh Blackman has the scoop on an interesting story about the Fisher decision in the book. According to Blackman (via Nina Totenberg), the case … Continue reading

PLF asks full DC Circuit Court to hear Obamacare challenge

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys filed a petition for rehearing en banc, asking the full U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to hear client Matt Sissel’s “Origination Clause” challenge to the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare). The petition comes after an … Continue reading