President's weekly roundup

September 14, 2012 | By ROB RIVETT

Catch up on what you may have missed from PLF this week: Free Enterprise Project:  Arbitration Contracts California took another step in denying the right of Californians to enter into contracts with arbitration clauses when the California Supreme Court denied a request to depublish and a petition for review in Hoover v. American Income Life Insu ...


The Commerce Clause and trucking companies

June 13, 2013 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Today, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in American Trucking Association v. City of Los Angeles that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 preempts a provision of a Port of Los Angeles concession agreement with federally regulated trucking companies that requires cargo trucks to place a “placard on each truck with a ...


PLF and client Matt Sissel file appeal of adverse ruling in Obamacare case

July 05, 2013 | By PAUL BEARD

Today, we filed an appeal of the D.C. District Court’s decision last Friday to dismiss our challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Readers may recall that our client, Matt Sissel, challenges the Act’s provision imposing an individual mandate and tax-penalty based on last year’s Supreme Court ruling in the healthcare case. There, th ...


Forbes covers PLF challenge to Obamacare

September 13, 2013 | By PAUL BEARD

“This ain’t over yet.”  So reports Chris Conover, contributor at, about the various legal challenges to the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—i.e., Obamacare. And he’s right. Conover discusses several of the “gravest” lawsuits currently pending against Obamacare.  First among ...


Another broken Obamacare promise

November 04, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In the latest episode of the Obamacare saga, hundreds of thousands of insured individuals have begun receiving cancellation letters—which inform recipients that they will not be able to keep their health insurance policy.  These letters fly in the face of the promises President Obama made just a few years ago, when he famously insisted that  ...


PLF files final brief in Sissel's challenge to Obamacare

December 20, 2013 | By PAUL BEARD

Today, PLF attorneys filed Matt Sissel’s final brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals litigation challenging Obamacare.  Sissel’s reply responds to the Government’s opposition brief, filed on December 9. Now, we await an oral argument date, which we expect to be set in the coming months.  Stay tuned! … ...


President's weekly report — May 9, 2014

May 09, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Obama care — Oral Argument The D.C. Circuit court of appeals heard oral argument on May 9 in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, our Origination Clause challenge to the individual mandate tax contained in the so-called Affordable Care Act.  The questioning from the panel of three judges was vigorous and we … ...


Orlando Sentinel publishes PLF Atlantic Center op-ed on Origination Clause challenges to Obamacare

June 13, 2014 | By MARK MILLER

The Orlando Sentinel published Pacific Legal Foundation‘s  op-ed today (subscription required, but free sign-up is available for limited views) on Sissel v. HHS and Hotze v. Sebelius, two of the pending challenges to the federal Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.  Both challenges contend that Congress failed to obey the Origination Cl ...


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

October 09, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

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 for rehearing en banc,” the Court on its own motion ordered the Federal Government to ...