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House of Representatives Wins Round One of Obamacare Challenge: U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell - Podcast

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
Josh Blackman May 20, 2016

On Thursday, May 12, a United States District Court Judge upheld a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act by finding that the monies for two programs that reimburse insurance companies for providing health coverage at lower costs to low-income consumers and provide tax credits to help these consumers afford their premiums were never appropriated by Congress, and that the programs were thus unconstitutional. Judge Rosemary M. Collyer stayed her decision pending appeal. Our expert discussed the opinion as well as its outlook on appeal.

Featuring:

  • Prof. Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law

Class Action Reform?: Spokeo v. Robins Decided - Podcast

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
Alan C. Raul May 18, 2016

In a 6-2 decision issued on Monday, May 16, the United States Supreme Court vacated and remanded Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins for re-argument in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas Robins filed a suit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act against Spokeo, a company that operates a “people search engine,” for publishing incorrect information about him, information that he claimed harmed his employment prospects by falsely making him appear overqualified for the types of employment he was seeking at the time. The Supreme Court rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis finding that Mr. Robins had standing to sue, and instructed the Ninth Circuit to consider the question again. Spokeo raises big questions about big data, class action litigation, and the legitimacy of certain statutorily authorized private rights of action. Our expert offered his analysis of the opinion, the case’s prospects going forward, and its potential broader impact on the law.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Alan C. Raul, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Little Sisters of the Poor Case Decided: Zubik v. Burwell - Podcast

Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
Roger Severino May 17, 2016

On Monday, May 16, the United States Supreme Court issued a per curium opinion resolving, for the time being, Zubik v. Burwell, the contraceptive mandate case. The decision is causing no small amount of confusion. Who won, and who lost? What is required of the plaintiffs in the case? What are the next steps in the litigation? Our expert answered these and other questions.

Featuring:

  • Roger Severino, Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation

Is the Administrative State Too Big to Fail?: MetLife v. Financial Stability Oversight Council - Podcast

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
Peter J. Wallison April 26, 2016

On March 30, Federal district court Judge Rosemary Collyer struck down the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of MetLife as a systemically important financial institution. MetLife v. Financial Stability Oversight Council has readily apparent implications for financial regulation, and many commentators have suggested that it may even have far-reaching effects on the future of the larger administrative state. Our expert discussed the opinion, its outlook on appeal, and its possible impact.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Take Care on Immigration: United States v. Texas - Podcast

Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
Josh Blackman April 18, 2016

On Monday, April 18, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, which will examine the constitutionality of the President's executive actions on immigration. In addition to complex questions about standing and administrative law, the Court has added a Take Care Clause question to the argument. Our expert attended the oral arguments and offered a summary as well as his analysis.

Featuring:

  • Prof. Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law