Can the states sue the federal government for exceeding its constitutional authority?

May 01, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

According to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the answer is no. Last year, that court dismissed Virginia’s lawsuit challenging Obamacare, on the grounds that the state had no interest in the lawsuit above and beyond the interests of its citizens, and states aren’t allowed to sue just on behalf of their citizens. States can … ...