US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 14 October 2017
US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 14 October 2017

Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:

The White House notified [text] the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday that it had instructed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] to stop making cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [JURIST archive].
Georgetown Law School’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection [advocacy site] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, pdf] in the Circuit Court for the City of Charlottesville [official site] seeking to prevent armed organizations from returning to Charlottesville.
[JURIST] US President Donald Trump signed an executive order [text] Thursday that makes it easier for people to buy more forms of health insurance at potentially cheaper costs.
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Wednesday in National Association of Manufacturers v.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro [official website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against President Donald Trump and his administration over the issuance of new rules allowing employers to deny coverage for contraception.
The US Supreme Court [Official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Hamer v.
In a brief order Tuesday evening, the US Supreme Court vacated the judgment [order, PDF] in one of two pending challenges to President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting entry to the US from certain countries.
[JURIST] The State of Washington [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the Trump administration Monday over the decision to let employers deny insurance coverage for contraception [NYT report] on religious and moral grounds.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson [official website] argues that the administration’s action violates both the First and Fifth Amendment.

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases concerning who can give permission to access a computer—an issue crucial to the determination of the meaning of the term “hacking.”

One of these cases involved a Facebook [corporate website] suit against Cayman Islands-based Power Ventures, Inc.

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday, denied certiorari [orders, PDF] to consider the last remaining conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul, a Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee and former personal assistant to Osama bin Laden, who was tried and convicted by a military commission created after September 11, 2001.

Al Bahlul is reported to have taped recruitment videos and the wills [Reuters report] of some of the hijackers who were responsible for the September 11 attacks.

California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile] signed a bill [text] on Monday aimed at making drug prices for both public and private health plans more transparent.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] announced on Monday its intention to repeal [text, PDF] the Clean Power Plan [JURIST backgrounder], an Obama-era policy that worked to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.