Halbig, et.al. v. Sebelius, et al.: Brief Update

The above-captioned case is the lawsuit challenging an IRS rule to the effect that Obamacare’s mandates and subsidies apply in states that have declined to establish a “health care exchange.” An earlier post on the case, with links to the complaint and other good stuff, is here. While the defendants’ response isn’t due until early July, plaintiffs have already filed a motion for summary judgment, which is here. Whence the urgency? Why, the exchanges are supposed to go online by the end of the year, and the plaintiffs—individuals and firms in non-cooperating states—will want to plan their conduct depending on whether or not the IRS rule is good law. Which it isn’t.

Michael S. Greve is a professor at George Mason University School of Law. From 2000 to August, 2012, Professor Greve was the John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he remains a visiting scholar. Before coming to AEI, Professor Greve cofounded and, from 1989 to 2000, directed the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in government from Cornell University, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hamburg. Currently, Professor Greve also chairs the board of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and is a frequent contributor to the Liberty Law Blog. Professor Greve has written extensively on many aspects of the American legal system. His publications include numerous law review articles and books, including most recently The Upside-Down Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2012). He has also written The Demise of Environmentalism in American Law (1996); Real Federalism: Why It Matters, How It Could Happen (1999); and Harm-less Lawsuits? What's Wrong With Consumer Class Actions (2005). He is the coeditor, with Richard A. Epstein, of Competition Laws in Conflict: Antitrust Jurisdiction in the Global Economy (2004) and Federal Preemption: States' Powers, National Interests (2007); and, with Michael Zoeller, of Citizenship in America and Europe: Beyond the Nation-State? (2009).

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