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Supreme Court Stays Quiet On Fast-Tracking Review Of Health Law

The court released a list of cases it has decided to take up or decline and Virginia's lawsuit regarding the health law was not included. Because the Court releases "a regular list of orders" every Monday it is in session, there was speculation that the justices would act on this issue yesterday.

Bloomberg: U.S. Supreme Court Doesn't Act On Virginia Bid To Scuttle Health Care Law
The U.S. Supreme Court deferred taking action on a bid by Virginia's attorney general for fast-track consideration of the state's challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Virginia, one of 27 states that say the measure is unconstitutional, is urging the justices to take the unusual step of scheduling arguments without waiting for rulings by the four appeals courts that are poised to consider the law (Stohr, 4/18).

The Hill: Supreme Court Punts On Fast Track Review Of Health Care Law
The Supreme Court has not acted on a request to expedite a review of legal challenges to the health care reform law. The high court on Monday released the list of cases it has decided to take up or decline, and Virginia's health care reform challenge was not included. Court watchers had expected the high court to announce whether it would expedite Virginia's lawsuit against the law, but the justices aren't saying either way - for now. The Supreme Court issues a regular list of orders on each Monday it is in session, but the justices can also issue "miscellaneous" orders in individual cases at any time (Pecquet, 4/18).

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