Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hospital groups to file amicus brief in TMLC v. Obama

The Sixth Circuit's docket sheet now contains an entry indicating that several hospital groups (to wit, the American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Federation of American Hospitals, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems) will be filing an amicus brief in support of the United States in Thomas More Law Center v. Obama. This is not too surprising, given that the same group of hospital groups also filed a brief in favor of the ACA's constitutionality in Florida v. HHS. 

The attorney filing the brief will be Catherine Stetson (with whom I was a summer associate many years ago), a partner at Hogan Lovells, formerly Hogan & Hartson, in Washington, D.C. This is somewhat notable because Ms. Stetson used to work closely with another Hogan partner on litigation matters and testified on his behalf before the U.S. Senate--a former Hogan partner named John Roberts.