Tuesday, January 17, 2012

District Court stays proceedings in Coons v. Geithner

You might recall that Coons v. Geithner (No. 2:10-cv-1714) is the case presently being litigated in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. It is noteworthy, to some degree, as the only case in which the constitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (the body created by the ACA to review Medicare reimbursement rates) is being challenged. The briefing on summary judgment motions is now complete.

This morning, the district court issued an order in the case. Here it is, as it appears on PACER:
ORDER granting Motion to Stay pending the Supreme Court's decision in Florida. That Defendants file a status report on or before April 16, 2012 and every 90 days thereafter until the stay has been lifted. Signed by Judge G Murray Snow on 1/17/12.(DMT) (Entered: 01/17/2012) 
Thus, as with several of the cases in the lower courts, there will be no further action until the Supreme Court issues its decision.