When is a tax not a tax? Ask Chief Justice Roberts

Jun 28, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the health care law challenge on the Anti-Injunction Act and Congress’s Taxing Clause powers creates somewhat of a weird contradiction.

SCOTUS limitation on Medicaid expansion matters more in principle than practice

Jun 28, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA’s Medicaid expansion softens penalties for noncompliant states, but in practice, most states will still comply.

In health care ruling, Roberts gives Congress broad Taxing Clause powers

Jun 28, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

This morning’s Supreme Court decision upheld the Affordable Care Act nearly in its entirety, but did so on Taxing Clause, rather than Commerce Clause, grounds.

New Anti-Terrorism Guidelines Take Us Closer to “Big Brother”

May 7, 2012 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

The Attorney General just issued new guidelines that permit government authorities involved in anti-terrorism efforts to store private information associated with U.S. citizens for up to five years.

Court Time: Obama’s remarks and one steamed appeals court

Apr 11, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

President’s Obama’s remarks predicting how the Supreme Court will find the ACA’s constitutionality prompted a Texas federal appeals judge to question whether the Executive was challenging the Judiciary’s authority.

2011 in review: The top 20 legal stories, part 3

Dec 21, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

(Editor’s note: Throughout December, the last month of the year, we’ll be looking at the top 20 legal events of 2011, as