Supreme Court places big bet on federalism

May 14, 2018 | By JONATHAN WOOD

This morning, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in Murphy v. NCAA, New Jersey’s constitutional challenge to a federal law that forbids the state from amending its own sports gambling laws. The opinion by Justice Alito did not disappoint. Here’s the key paragraph: The PASPA provision at issue here—prohibiting state a ...


When Obamacare fails, the Executive can't blame states

November 13, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

As readers well know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes all sorts of new restrictions on the types of health insurance policies that can be bought and sold.  Naturally, this means that a lot of people who liked their health insurance plans can’t keep their health insurance plans—no matter what politicians promise.  The ACA has &# ...


States resisting the feds—immigration and Obamacare

April 25, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments about Arizona’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. That state’s law gives police officers the duty to check identification and take other steps to enforce federal immigration laws which, the state argues, the federal officers have left unenforced. The Obama Administration argues th ...


Obamacare : PLF urges Supreme Court to let Virginia defend its citizens from federal overreaching

November 02, 2011 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

This morning, Pacific Legal Foundation—joined again by our friends at Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and our client Matt Sissel—filed this brief in the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to review Virginia’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s health care law. This is the sec ...


Challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


Author:  Damien M. Schiff This week, the attorneys general of fourteen states filed two lawsuits in federal district courts in Florida and Virginia, challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Florida suit, brought by 13 attorneys general, raises a number of constitutional claims agai ...