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Docket: Health


Case Name: Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 09-993; 09-1039; 09-1501

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Consumers of generic drugs which caused harm cannot bring state "failure to warn" claim because claim is preempted by federal labeling law.

Case Name: St. Louis Effort for AIDS v. Huff

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 8th Cir.    Docket: 114-1520

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Missouri law that restricts access to impartial consumer assistance under the Affordable Care Act is preempted by ACA.

Case Name: Sanofi-Aventis v. FDA

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C.    Docket: 1:10-cv-01255-EGS

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Result: Court denied brand Rx manufacturer's motion for preliminary injunction to overturn the FDA's approval of generic Lovenox (enoxaparin) finding that the brand manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, is unlikely to succeed on the merits, that no parties are challenging the safety of the generic, and that Sanofi failed to establish that the public interest favors interim injunctive relief.

Case Name: Scampone v. Highland Park Care Center

Court: Pa. Supreme Court   Docket: Nos. 15 & 16 WAP, 2011

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Nursing facility corporation can be held responsible for negligent care if there is evidence that the corporation's decisions about staffing, budget or other issues adversely impacted care.

Case Name: Shuts v. Covenant Holdco

Court: Cal. Ct. App.    Docket: A132805

Read SummaryDecision of Aug. 15, 2012, AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) and Press Release

Case Result: Class action permitted against nursing facility chain challenging understaffing of its facilities.

Case Name: Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc.

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 10-779

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Vermont's restriction on the commercial sale of prescription drug prescriber-identifiable information violates First Amendment right to freedom of commercial speech.

Case Name: State ex rel. Cleveland Right to Life v. State of Ohio Controlling Board

Court: Supreme Court Ohio   Docket: 13-1668

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Was the Ohio Controlling Board's vote to approve receipt of federal funding for Medicaid expansion within its statutory and constitutional authority?

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Find the most recent cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases.

Strengthening Law and Policy through
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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect more than 15 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four priority areas: Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.