Monday, March 7, 2011

Amicus briefs in Virginia v. Sebelius

Today is the deadline for the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of the United States in Virginia v. Sebelius. And a whole bunch of briefs have been filed, including a number from parties that thus far had not filed any briefs in any of the other cases or at any other stage of the litigation.

I am currently having some trouble with PACER. So although I have seen that this large array of briefs have been filed at the Fourth Circuit, I have only been able to download two. (Many more to follow, once I am able to access the documents that have been docketed.) Here they are:

* One filed by Professor Kevin Walsh (University of Richmond School of Law), arguing that the federal courts lack subject matter jurisdiction under the Declaratory Judgment Act, available here.

* One filed by the American Association of People with Disabilities et al., quite similar to the brief those organizations have filed in several other cases (and at the summary judgment stage in this case), available here.

More to follow as soon as possible.