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 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

Ninth Circuit won’t rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare’s “Platonic Guardians”

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this morning threw out the constitutional challenge to Obamacare’s “Independent Payment Advisory Board”–the group of “Platonic Guardians” charged with writing laws relating to Medicare–on the grounds that case was brought too early. The Board’s powers … Continue reading

Lawmakers kickoff summer recess with a lawsuit bang

Right before its summer recess, the House voted (225 to 201) to authorize the chamber to sue the President for his failure to faithfully execute the laws, specifically his many suspensions and unilateral re-writes of the Obamacare law. While there … Continue reading

Standing up for constitutional limits on taxation

Several states have constitutional limits on tax-increases, and particularly super-majority requirements that force legislatures to get a 2/3 vote to raise taxes. California’s Proposition 13 is the most famous, but Arizona, Nevada, and other states have similar requirements. Sadly, state … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 4, 2014

The theme of this week’s legal report is liberty and is dedicated to the writings of Thomas Jefferson Supreme Court filings:  “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat … Continue reading