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Docket: Recent or Open Amicus Cases

Case Name: Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 7th Cir.   Docket: 17-3508

Read Amicus Brief (PDF) and Article

Decided: 6/12/2019

Case Result: Affirmed district court order granting summary judgment to CTA (unanimous).


Case Name: Teets v. Great-West

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 10th Cir. Docket: 18-1019

Decided: 4/22/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Appellate court upheld the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's ERISA claims on the basis that Great West was not acting as a fiduciary.


Case NameStewart v. Azar  (Healthcare)

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C.    Docket: 1:18-cv-152 

Decided: 4/4/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF), Opinion (PDF), Blog, and Amicus Brief (filed 1/24/2019)

Case Result: The Court vacated the federal government's reapproval of Kentucky's section 1115 waiver and remanded the application back to the agency. The Court then stayed its decision pending appeal. 

 


Case Name: Texas v. United States

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir.    Docket: 19-1011

Filed: 4/1/2019

Read Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Issue: Is the ACA invalid now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced the penalty for not complying with the individual mandate provision to $0?


Case Name: Biestek v. Berryhill

Court: U.S. Supreme Court Docket: 17-1184

Decided: 4/1/2019

Read Amicus Brief (PDF)  

Case Result: Social Security vocational experts do not always have to disclose the basis of their opinion that a Social Security applicant can work. 


Case Name: Francis v. Kings Park Manor

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir.  Docket: 15-1823

Decided: 3/4/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) and Decision (PDF)

Case Result: The second circuit held that a landlord may be held liable under the Fair Housing Act and the New York State Human Rights Law for failing to take prompt action to address a hostile housing environment created by one tenant targeting another based on a protected class, like race, where the landlord knew of the harassment and had the power to correct it.


Case Name: FTC v. Quincy Bioscience Holding Co.

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir.   Docket: 617-3745

Decided: 2/21/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The appellate court reversed the dismissal of the claims that Prevagen is deceptively advertised.


Case Name: Frosh v. Association for Accessible Medicines

Court: U.S. Supreme Court Docket: 18-546

Decided: 2/19/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The Supreme Court declined to review the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that Maryland's price gouging law violates the dormant commerce clause because it directly regulates the price of transactions that occur outside Maryland.


Case Name: Ray v. AT&T Mobility Services

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. ED Pa.  Docket: 2:18-cv-03303-TR

Decided: 1/11/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF), and Decision

Case Result: The court ruled that AT&T failed to meet the statutory requirements for a valid ADEA waiver by failing to disclose the "decisional unit" involved in the reduction-in-force.


Case Name: Taylor v. Burlington Northern RR Holdings

Court: Supreme Ct. State of Washington  Docket: 96335-5 (9th Cir. No. 16-35205)

Filed: 1/14/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Issue: Is obesity an impairment under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), Revised Code of Washington, Section 49.60.040 and, if so, under what circumstances? 


Case Name: Reagan-Diaz v. Sessions

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir  Docket: 17-5092

Decided: 1/11/2019

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: The D.C. Circuit upheld the district court's decision that Reagan-Diaz's requested accommodation of an initial 2-hour workday was unreasonable and held that she could not perform the essential functions of her job.


Case Name: Texas v. United States

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. ND Tex.    Docket: 4:18-cv-00167

Decided: 12/30/2018

Read AARP's Brief (PDF) Press Release and Decision (PDF)

Case Result: IThe federal district court granted partial summary judgment for the plaintiffs, declaring that the individual mandate provision was unconstitutional, and that the remaining provisions of the ACA are inseverable and therefore invalid. The court stayed the decision pending appeal. The case is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Case Name: GGNSC Louisville Hillcrest v. Bramer

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 6th Cir.  Docket: 18-6059

Filed: 12/26/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Issue: Can a nursing facility use a pre-dispute arbitration agreement from a prior admission to compel arbitration against a resident who declined to sign a new arbitration agreement for a subsequent admission?


Case Name: GGNSC Chestnut Hill v. Schrader (Arbitration)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 1st Cir.   Docket: 18-1779

Filed: 11/14/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief 

Case Issue: In Massachusetts, can an arbitration agreement between a nursing facility and a deceased resident be enforced against the resident's next of kin who files a wrongful death suit against the facility?


Case Name: Jarman v. HCR Manorcare (Healthcare/Income)

Court: Cal. Supreme Court Docket: NS241431

Filed: 10/25/2018

Read AARP's Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does Health & Safety Code Section 1430(b) provide up to $500. in statutory damages: (1) for each violation of a resident's rights; or (2) for a single statutory damage of up to $500. in statutory damages for all violations combined?


Case Name: ACAP v. U. S. Dep't of Treasury

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C.  Docket: 18-2133 (RJL)

Filed: 10/8/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) and Press Release

Case Issue: Should the court issue a preliminary injunction suspending the effectiveness of the Departments’ rule redefining “short-term, limited-duration” insurance while the parties litigate whether the rule exceeds the Departments’ authority, is contrary to law, and is arbitrary and capricious? 


Case Name: IMDb.com v. Becerra

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir    Docket: 18-15469; 18-15463

Filed: 10/3/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) and Article

Case Issue: Do entertainment employment service providers have a constitutional right to publish age information on the Internet when their subscribers object?


Case Name: Posey v. Northport Health Services of Arkansas

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 8th Cir.  Docket: 18-2459

Filed: 10/2/2018

Read AARP's Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Are arbitration provisions of a nursing facility admissions agreement enforceable when people who lack the legal authority to bind the resident sign the agreement?


Case Name: U.S. ex rel Ruckh v. CMC II, LLC

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir.  Docket: 10-10500D

Filed: 7/20/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Did the district court misapply the materiality requirement under the False Claims Act and Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016) in granting judgment as a matter of law against the Relator?


Case Name: Am. Diabetes Ass'n v U.S. Dep't of the Army

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir.    Docket: 18-15242 

Filed: 6/29/2018

Read Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does a large entity engaged in legal advocacy incur an "injury-in-fact"-- required by Article III of the U.S. Constitution to establish "organizational standing"--by virtue of a single contact between the organization's legal advocacy staff and parents complaining about a matter affecting the group's organizational mission?


Case Name: Knick v. Township of Scott

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 17-647

Filed: 6/5/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Should the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider the portion of Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank that requires property owners to exhaust state court remedies to ripen federal takings claims?


Case Name: D.L. v. District of Columbia

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir. Docket: 18-7004

Filed: 5/29/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Was the district court's calculation of attorneys' fees owed to the Plaintiffs reversible error, in that the court used the USAO Matrix of fee rates instead of the LSI Matrix and, thus, failed to grant Plaintiffs a reasonable fee recovery?


Case Name: Express Scripts/Anthem ERISA Litig (In re)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir. Docket: 18-346

Filed: 5/2/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Did the complaint plausibly allege that Anthem and Express Scripts are both fiduciaries under ERISA's functional definition of a fiduciary and that they both breached their fiduciary duties? 


Case Name: Jammal v. Am. Family Ins. 

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 6th Cir.     Docket: 17-4215

Filed: 3/16/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Was the district court correct in finding that American Family treated its insurance agents as employees?


Case Name: GlaxoSmithKline v. Dolin

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 7th Cir.   Docket: 17-3030

Filed: 2/28/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue:  Can a brand name drug manufacturer be held accountable for injuries caused by a consumer ingesting a generic drug when the brand name drug manufacturer failed to warn about known drug risks and has the sole power to do so?


Case Name: McNair v. Johnson & Johnson

Court: Supreme Court of West Virginia   Docket: 17-0519

Filed: 10/30/2017

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does West Virginia law permit a claim of failure to warn and negligent misrepresentation against a branded drug manufacturer when the drug ingested was produced by a generic manufacturer?


Case Name: California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHRv. Smith

Court: Ct. App. State of Cal., First Appellate Div. Docket: A147987

Filed: 9/29/2017

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Can a  California nursing facility circumvent the informed consent rights of a resident who does not lack capacity to make her own decisions?


Case Name: U.S. ex rel. Paradies v. GGNSC Admin. Servs (Healthcare)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir.   Docket: 16-13004

Filed: 10/17/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Can the government establish Medicare fraud by a hospice provider by retroactively showing that medical experts differ on whether a person's life expectancy will exceed six months?


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