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Docket: Recent or Open Amicus Cases

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: 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: 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: Frosh v. Association for Accessible Medicines

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

Filed: 12/13/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does the commerce clause prohibit a state from protecting consumer access to essential off-patent and generic prescription drugs by requiring manufacturers to refrain from unconscionably raising the price of those drugs sold in the state?

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

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

Filed: 11/14/2018

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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: Mt. Lemmon Fire Dist. v. Guido & Rankin

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 17-587

Decided: 11/6/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) and Decision

Case Result: Unanimous affirmance of ninth circuit decision upholding application of ADEA to state and local government employers regardless of number of employees. 

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

Court: Cal. Supreme Court Docket: NS241431

Filed: 10/25/2018

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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: Cochrum v. Costa Victoria Healthcare

Court: Cal. Supreme Court Docket: S251140

Decided: 10/17/2018

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Case Issue: The Court, without issuing an opinion, denied Plaintiff-Appellant’s petition for review and request for depublication of the Court of Appeals decision.

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: 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

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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: Commonwealth of Pa. v. Golden Gate Nat. Senior Care

Court: Pa. Supreme Court Docket: 16 MAP 2017

Decided: 9/25/2018

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

Case Result: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Commonwealth Court, which dismissed in its entirety the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s claims against 36 nursing homes and their parent companies under the state’s unfair deceptive trade practices and consumer protection law.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that: (1) the Commonwealth is a “person in interest” under the consumer protection statute who could sue for restoration of Medicaid public funds that it paid for services whose quality and type were misrepresented by Defendants; (2) the alleged fraudulent statements Defendants made in marketing materials were not puffery as a matter of law; and (3) statements about services in bills, care plans, and resident assessments were actionable under the consumer protection statute.  The Court affirmed the dismissal of the unjust enrichment claims because the complaint did not contain sufficient facts to plead the necessary piercing of the corporate veil.  The Commonwealth can now proceed to discovery and litigate the claims against the nursing homes.

Case: Charter Advanced Services v. Lange

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 8th Cir.  Docket: 17-2290

Decided: 9/7/2018

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

Case Result: The panel affirmed, 2 to 1, the district court decision holding that the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is an "Information Service" pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, such that state regulation is preempted.

Case Name: Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority

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

Read Amicus Brief (PDF)

Filed: 8/27/2018

Case Issue: May obesity, especially "extreme" obesity, be, on its own, a covered "impairment" and, thus, a covered "disability" under the "regarded as" prong of the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Case Name: Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 7th Cir. Docket: 17-1322

Decided: 8/27/2018

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Case Result: The court held that landlords are liable under the FHA for failing to take reasonable steps within their control to prevent or correct known harassment on the basis of sexual orientation, even when the landlord did not have discriminatory intent. 

Case Name: Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline

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

Decided: 8/22/2018

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

Case Result:  The Seventh Circuit reversed the district court’s decision holding GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) accountable for injuries caused by taking the generic version of its drug. The court held that although GSK manufactured the brand name drug and was responsible for the label’s contents under federal law, the Food and Drug Administration would not let the company include a warning that the use of the drug had an increased risk of suicide for adults older than 24. Thus, the company could not be liable under a theory that it negligently failed to warn of known risks.

Case Name: Munro v. Univ. of S. Cal.

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir.     Docket: 17-55550

Decided: 7/24/2018

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) and Decision

Case Result: The court denied USC's motion to compel arbitration because the Retirement Plan was not a party to the arbitration 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

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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

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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: Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

Court: U.S. Supreme Court Docket: 16-980

Decided: 6/11/2018

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

Case Result: The Supreme Court reversed an order of the Sixth Circuit striking down Ohio's Supplemental Process for culling voter rolls for ineligible voters on grounds that they have moved or died.

Case Name: China Agritech v. Resh

Court:  U.S. Supreme Court Docket:  17-432

Decided: 6/11/2018

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Case Result: Court unanimously held that the American Pipe Tolling doctrine does not permit the filing of a subsequent class action lawsuit if certification is denied in a timely filed class action lawsuit.

Case Name: Knick v. Township of Scott

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

Filed: 6/5/2018

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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

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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: Epic Systems v. Lewis; NLRB v. Murphy Oil; Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 16-285; 16-300; 16-307

Decided: 5/21/2018

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Case Result: The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires enforcement of an employer’s requirement that employees resolve legal disputes disputes with the employer in individual arbitration, and neither the FAA’s savings clause nor the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) requires employees to be allowed to resolve such disputes collectively or as a class.

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: Teets v. Great-West

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

Filed: 4/18/2018

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Case Issue: Can an insurer which sets the rate of return for an investment, and thus controls plan assets, escape fiduciary obligations merely because the participants have the ability to choose another plan investment option?

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: FTC v. Quincy Bioscience Holding Co.

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

Filed: 3/7/2018

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Case Issue: Did the trial court err in dismissing the complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the N.Y. Attorney General to prevent Quincy Bioscience Holding Co., from continuing to make allegedly false and misleading claims that a dietary supplement called Prevagen is clinically proven to improve memory, despite Quincy's own research showing that Prevagen is not effective?

Case Name: GlaxoSmithKline v. Dolin

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

Filed: 2/28/2018

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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: Aponte v. Olatoye

Court: N.Y. State Ct. App. Docket: APL-2016-00130 

Decided: 2/15/2018  

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Case Result: The NY Court of Appeals ruled that it was not a violation of the Fair Housing Act to require Mr. Aponte to move out of his aging mother’s apartment when she died after he spent years caring for her and had no other home to go to.  However, the court did not accept the housing authority’s broad assertion that it never had to grant a caretaker remaining household member status as a reasonable accommodation and cited AARP Foundation’s amicus in limiting its holding to the facts at hand.

Case Name: Reagan-Diaz v. Sessions

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

Filed: 2/9/2018

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Case Issue: Must the federal government try to find reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities who are receiving workers' compensation benefits?

Case Name: Pension Funds v. Goldman Sachs Group

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir.    Docket: 16-250-cv

Decided: 1/12/2018

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Case Result: The District Court correctly held that plaintiffs need not prove the materiality of defendants’ misstatements at the class certification stage, however it is not clear whether the District Court precluded Goldman Sachs from rebutting the presumption that Goldman’s misstatements affected the price of their stock. Case remanded to clarify whether or not Goldman met their burden of proving that their misstatements did not affect the market price of their stock.

Case Name: Brotherston v. Putnam Investments

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 1st Cir.     Docket: 17-1711

Filed: 11/20/2017

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Case Issue: Does complicance with the Investment Company Act of 1940 equate to compliance with ERISA's fiduciary duties?

Is a settlor's contributions to an ERISA plan a defense to claims for a trustee's breach of fiduciary duty?

Case Name: McNair v. Johnson & Johnson

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

Filed: 10/30/2017

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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

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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?