Thursday, February 25, 2016

Amicus Briefs Supporting Government In Zubik Case Are Filed

Feb. 17 was the deadline to file amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the government's position in Zubik v. Burwell and its companion cases which challenge the accommodation for religious non-profits that object to the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act.  21 amicus briefs were filed, and SCOTUSblog has links to most of them, as well as to the amicus briefs supporting petitioner which where due last month. (See prior posting.) Oral argument is set for March 23. With the death of Justice Scalia, the possibility of an evenly divided court is present.  That would affirm the Circuit Court decisions in all 7 of the cases in which review was granted.