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.

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.

Today in 1810: SCOTUS first strikes down a state law as unconstitutional

Mar 16, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

In ruling in 1810’s Fletcher v. Peck, the Supreme Court first declared a state law as unconstitutional, a practice that has led to some very famous cases.

Today in 1803: Marbury v. Madison establishes “judicial review”

Feb 24, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 24, 1803, Marbury v. Madison was decided, holding that the judiciary has the power to “decide what the law is.”

Today in 1789: Congress creates Supreme Court and federal judiciary

Sep 24, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

During its first six years under Chief Justice John Jay, the Supreme Court decided only four cases, none of which could be described as landmark decisions.