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Category: legal news


Presidential Lawsuits

On June 25, 2014, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that he was going to sue President Obama over excessive use of executive orders and for the President “not faithfully executing the law” with respect to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate. President Obama called it a stunt; House Minority Leader called it a …Read the Rest

Marijuana*

In the news this week is a story about a bill to allow some strains of marijuana to be legalized under federal Law.** Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 (H.R. 5226) was introduced by Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) in July. The bill is named for Charlotte Figi, who suffers from life threatening seizures. Cannabis oil …Read the Rest

Halbig opinion on DC Circuit website, other materials in law school repository

The opinion of the 3-judge panel is here. Our own Jonathan Adler co-wrote an amicus brief in the case, and an influential law review article in Health Matrix first advancing the statutory argument accepted by two of the DC Circuit judges. The article is available on Scholarly Commons, the law school’s repository of scholarship: http://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/faculty_publications/25/ …Read the Rest

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A.

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A. Lyle Denniston, at SCOTUSblog, reported that the EPA “mostly” won, with a 7 to 2 vote in favor of the agency’s ability “to impose air pollution control strategy on many of the power plants and other …Read the Rest

Mandatory Drug Testing at Three Local High Schools

Recently, Gilmour Academy, St. Edward’s, and St. Ignatius announced that they will institute mandatory drug testing of their students this Fall. The program will test hair samples for various prescription and illegal drugs, as part of the schools’ wellness programs. The schools are offering “parents-only” meetings about the new policy, and the respective police departments …Read the Rest

Issue 7 (“Sin Tax”)

March 7 Update: Sin Tax Passes On May 6, Cuyahoga County voters will decide Issue 7. The ballot issue concerns whether or not to extend the “sin tax” — an excise tax on the wholesale cost of alcohol and cigarettes, to raise $260 million (or more) over the next 20 years to pay for  “constructing, …Read the Rest