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Docket: Health


Case Name: Edwards Lifesciences AG v. Medtronic Corevalve

Court: U.S. Ct. App. Fed Cir. Docket: 2014-1409

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Case Reult: Settlement allows patients unrestricted access to Medtronic's heart valve system.

Case Name: Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 13-369

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Case Result: The "insolubly ambiguous" test created by the federal circuit for patents is improper.

Case Name: Halbig v. Burwell (formerly Sebelius)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C.    Docket: 14-50118

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their challenge to the availability of federal tax credits to subsidize health care premiums after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld such subsidies in King v. Burwell.

Case Name: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals v. Arkansas

Court: Supreme Court of Arkansas   Docket: 12-1058

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Case Result: Because Janssen is a pharmaceutical company and not a health care facility seeking certification or recertification, the award of penalties under the state Medicaid fraud law was reversed.

Case Name: McCall v. U.S.

Court: Fla. Supreme Court    Docket: 11-1148

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Case Result: State cap on non-economic damages in wrongful death actions held to violate the Equal Protection clause of the Florida constitution.

Case Name: Coleman v. Mariner Health Care, Inc.

Court: SC Ct. App.    Docket: 2010-CP-21-00835, 2010-CP-21-00836

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Case Result: Individual designated as a health care power of attorney is not authorized to sign an arbitration agreement on a patient's behalf.

Case Name: Univ. of Utah Research Found. v. Ambry Genetics

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. Utah    Docket: 2:13 cv 00640 RJS

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Case Result: Court denied request for preliminary injunction to block alternate genetic tests, finding that plaintiff was not likely to succeed on merits.

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Find 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. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

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Legal Advocacy

Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.