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Maine Community Health Options v. United States

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
18-1023 Fed. Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD OT 2019

Issues: (1) Whether—given the “cardinal rule” disfavoring implied repeals, which applies with “especial force” to appropriations acts and requires that repeal not to be found unless the later enactment is “irreconcilable” with the former—an appropriations rider whose text bars the agency’s use of certain funds to pay a statutory obligation, but does not repeal or amend the statutory obligation, and is thus not inconsistent with it, can nonetheless be held to impliedly repeal the obligation by elevating the perceived “intent” of the rider (drawn from unilluminating legislative history) above its text, and the text of the underlying statute; and (2) whether—when the federal government has an unambiguous statutory payment obligation, under a program involving reciprocal commitments by the government and a private company participating in the program—the presumption against retroactivity applies to the interpretation of an appropriations rider that is claimed to have impliedly repealed the government’s obligation.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 04 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 8, 2019)
Feb 22 2019Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Maine Community Health Options
Feb 25 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 8, 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 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 22 2019Reply of petitioner Maine Community Health Options filed.
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. 18-1028 and No. 18-1038 are granted. The cases are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. VIDED.
Jun 28 2019Consent to the filing of amicus briefs received from counsel for Maine Community Health Options submitted.
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