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Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc.

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-15 9th Cir. Jan 20, 2015
Tr.Aud.
Mar 31, 2015 5-4 Scalia OT 2014

Holding: Medicaid providers do not have a cause of action to challenge a state’s reimbursement rates.

Judgment: Reversed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Scalia on March 31, 2015. Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Thomas, Breyer, and Alito join the opinion as to Parts I, II, and III. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas and Alito also join as to Part IV. Justice Breyer filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgement. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Kagan joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Jul 2 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 6, 2014)
Jul 29 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 5, 2014.
Aug 6 2014Brief amici curiae of Texas, et al. filed.
Aug 27 2014Brief of respondents Exceptional Child Center, Inc., et al. in opposition filed.
Sep 9 2014Reply of petitioners Richard Armstrong, et al. filed.
Sep 10 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 29, 2014.
Oct 2 2014Petition GRANTED limited to Question 1 presented by the petition.
Nov 17 2014Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Nov 17 2014Brief of petitioners Richard Armstrong, et al. filed.
Nov 17 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioners.
Nov 19 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondents.
Nov 21 2014SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nov 24 2014Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amici curiae of Texas, et al. filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amici curiae of National Governors Association, et al. filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amicus curiae of California Health and Human Services Agency filed.
Dec 2 2014Record requested from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
Dec 2 2014Record requested from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit is electronic and located on PACER.
Dec 2 2014Record from U.S.D.C. District of Idaho is electronic and located on PACER.
Dec 12 2014CIRCULATED.
Dec 17 2014Brief of respondents Exceptional Child Center, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)
Dec 18 2014Brief amicus curiae of Medicaid Defense Fund filed. (Distributed)
Dec 19 2014Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Dec 22 2014Brief amici curiae of National Health Law Program, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Dec 22 2014Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties Union, et al., filed. Distributed.
Dec 23 2014Brief amici curiae of The American Network of Community Options and Resources, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Dec 23 2014Brief amici curiae of The American Hospital Association, and Federation of American Hospitals filed. (Distributed)
Dec 23 2014Brief amici curiae of Former HHS Officials filed. (Distributed).
Dec 23 2014Brief amici curiae of American Medical Association, et al., filed. (Distributed)
Dec 23 2014Brief amicus curiae of Constitutional Accountability Center filed. (Distributed)
Dec 24 2014Brief amici curiae of Members of Congress filed. (Distributed)
Dec 24 2014Brief amici curiae of American Association of People with Disabilities, et al., filed. (Distributed).
Dec 24 2014Brief amicus curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America filed. (Distributed)
Jan 9 2015Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Jan 13 2015Reply of petitioners Richard Armstrong, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 20 2015Argued. For petitioners: Carl J. Withroe, Deputy Attorney General, Boise, Idaho; and Edwin S. Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondents: James M. Piotrowski, Boise, Idaho.
Mar 31 2015Judgment REVERSED. Scalia, J., delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, and III, in which Roberts, C. J., and Thomas, Breyer, and Alito, JJ., joined, and an opinion with respect to Part IV, in which Roberts, C. J., and Thomas and Alito, JJ., joined. Breyer, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. Sotomayor, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Kagan, JJ., joined.
May 4 2015JUDGMENT ISSUED.
 
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