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Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Co. v. United States

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
18-1038 Fed. Cir. Dec 10, 2019 Apr 27, 2020 8-1 Sotomayor OT 2019

Holding: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s now expired “Risk Corridors” statute—which set a formula for calculating payments to healthcare insurers for unexpectedly unprofitable plans during the first three years of online insurance marketplaces—created a government obligation to pay insurers the full amount of their computed losses; and the petitioners properly relied on the Tucker Act to sue for damages in the Court of Federal Claims.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on April 27, 2020. Justices Thomas and Gorsuch joined the court's opinion except for Part III-C. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 04 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 11, 2019)
Feb 25 2019Motion of United States for an extension of time not accepted for filing. (February 26, 2019 - corrected letter to be submitted)
Feb 26 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 11, 2019 to April 8, 2019, submitted to The Clerk.
Feb 27 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including April 8, 2019.
Mar 08 2019Brief amici curiae of Economists, et al. filed. VIDED
Mar 08 2019Brief amicus curiae of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association filed. VIDED
Mar 29 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response from April 8, 2019 to May 8, 2019, submitted to The Clerk.
Apr 01 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including May 8, 2019.
May 08 2019Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed. VIDED.
May 24 2019Reply of petitioner Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company, An Illinois Nonprofit Mutual Insurance Company filed. (Distributed)
May 28 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/13/2019.
Jun 17 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/20/2019.
Jun 24 2019Petition GRANTED. The petitions for writs of certiorari in No. 18-1023 and No. 18-1028 are granted. The cases are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. VIDED.
Jun 24 2019Because the Court has consolidated these cases for briefing and oral argument, future filings and activity in the cases will now be reflected on the docket of No. 18-1023. Subsequent filings in these cases must therefore be submitted through the electronic filing system in No. 18-1023. Each document submitted in connection with one or more of these cases must include on its cover the case number and caption for each case in which the filing is intended to be submitted. Where a filing is submitted in fewer than all of the cases, the docket entry will reflect the case number(s) in which the filing is submitted; a document filed in all of the consolidated cases will be noted as “VIDED.” (July 17, 2019)
Sep 13 2019SET FOR ARGUMENT on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. VIDED.
Oct 23 2019Record requested from the U.S.C.A. Federal Circuit.
Nov 05 2019Record received from the U.S.C.A. Federal Circuit is electronic and located on Pacer.
Dec 10 2019Argued. For petitioners: Paul D. Clement, Washington, D. C. For respondent: Edwin S. Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. VIDED.
Apr 27 2020Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Sotomayor, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Kavanaugh, JJ., joined, and in which Thomas and Gorsuch, JJ., joined as to all but Part III–C. Alito, J., filed a dissenting opinion. VIDED.