Appeals court rules FDA can continue allowing antibiotics in animal feed:

Al Jazeera America, July 24, 2014
by Marisa Taylor

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can continue its policy of allowing widespread antibiotic use in animal feed – a practice believed by…

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BREAKING — D.C. Circuit strikes down tax credits in federal exchanges

Washington Post, July 22, 2014
by Jonathan H. Adler

This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much awaited opinion in Halbig v. Burwell.  In a 2-1 opinion, the Court held that the Internal Revenue…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies:

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies:

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That…

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Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

NPR, July 16, 2014
by Alan Greenblatt

A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday. Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed…

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After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule

Reuters, July 15, 2014
by Interview with Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Holly Fernandez Lynch analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by Congress, will shape the impact as much as the…

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Abortion Clinic Protections Proposed in Massachusetts

New York Times, July 14, 2014
by Jess Bidgood

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers expressed support for a bill filed on Monday that they say would address safety concerns that arose when theUnited States Supreme Court last month struck down 35-foot buffer zones…

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Dozens Of Religious Groups Refuse To Sign Contraceptive Opt-Out

Kaiser Health News, July 14, 2014

The two-page form, designed to accommodate religious beliefs, is regarded as an untenable compromise by some religious employers, reports The New York Times. Meanwhile, GOP governors see little fallout from…

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Conflicting Views Of Supreme Court’s Contraception Decision Cloud Other Cases

Kaiser Health News, July 8, 2014
by Julie Rovner

The Supreme Court’s decision last week that some for-profit corporations don’t have to comply with the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act may have raised more questions than…

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When Religious Freedom Clashes with Access to Care:

NEJM, July 2, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Gregory Curfman

At the tail end of this year's Supreme Court term, religious freedom came into sharp conflict with the government's interest in providing affordable access to health care. In a consolidated…

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Hobby Lobby stunner:

Washington Times, June 30, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School, said she was “not surprised in the least that contraceptives in particular were not covered directly in the…

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Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones

Washington Post, June 26, 2014
by Robert Barnes

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s…

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New York’s Ban on Big Sodas Is Rejected by Final Court

New York Times, June 26, 2014
by Michael M. Grynbaum

The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead. The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s…

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Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses

New York Times, June 22, 2014
by Benjamin Mueller

In a case weighing the government’s ability to require vaccination against the individual right to refuse it, a federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that bars unimmunized…

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Contraceptive Coverage Case Decison Still Pending

Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2014

The decision on the legal challenge to the health law's birth control mandate will be issued by the end of this month. Also yet to be released is the Supreme Court's opinion on abortion opponents' free-speech challenge to a Massachusetts…

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EU’s top court may define obesity as a disability:

BBC, June 12, 2014

Denmark has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. Karsten Kaltoft weighs about…

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Patrick airs $20m plan to combat opioid use:

Boston Globe, June 10, 2014
by Brian MacQuarrie

Governor Deval Patrick unveiled plans Tuesday to upgrade treatment for opioid addicts, expand insurance coverage, and coordinate with the other five New England governors to stem an epidemic that has…

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Judge Voids Expansion of Discount Drug Program

New York Times, June 8, 2014
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has struck down a new rule requiring drug companies to offer certain drugs at discounted prices, saying the Obama administration had no authority to issue…

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New York City Soda Fight, in Court, Tests Agency’s Power

New York Times, June 4, 2014
by Michael M. Grynbaum

ALBANY — New York City’s battle over sugary drinks is entering its endgame. But much more than soda is at stake. A plan to limit the sale of large, high-calorie…

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Supreme Court strikes down Florida law on intellectually disabled death row inmates

Washington Post, May 27, 2014
by Robert Barnes and Matt Zapotosky

The Supreme Court gave greater protection Tuesday to death row inmates seeking to prove they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled, and it ruled that laws such…

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Next battleground in abortion fight:

CBS News, May 27, 2014
by Stephanie Condon

For the past three years, anti-abortion activists have worked methodically to across the country to test the limits of Roe v. Wade by advancing a variety of new laws limiting access to…

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Trial Over Alabama Abortion Law Begins

ABC News, May 19, 2014
by Philip Rawls

The operators of three of Alabama's five abortion clinics testified Monday they use out-of-town doctors who wouldn't be able to admit patients to local hospitals as required under a new…

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Uganda Nurse Is Jailed In HIV Transmission Case

NPR, May 19, 2014
by AP

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Monday sentenced a nurse to three years in jail after finding her guilty of criminal negligence for allegedly trying to infect her…

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Missouri Backs Criminal Checks for Health Insurance Advisers

Boston Globe, May 16, 2014
by David A. Lieb

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Despite a federal court order against their current law, Missouri legislators voted Thursday to toughen requirements even further for people seeking to work as insurance…

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Clashing Rights:

Northeastern University Program on Health Policy and Law, April 25, 2014
by featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In recent years, the First Amendment’s free speech clause has played an increasingly critical role in the battle over reproductive rights. For example, states seeking to limit access to abortion…

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Mass. limits use of the potent painkiller Zohydro:

Boston Globe, April 23, 2014
by Milton J. Valencia

Saying the state faces a continuing public health crisis, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration imposed sweeping restrictions Tuesday on prescribing the powerful painkiller Zohydro, just before a ban on the controversial…

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Missouri plans execution after Oklahoma stay over drug secrecy

Reuters, April 22, 2014
by Carey Gillam

Lawyers for a Missouri death row inmate on Tuesday were seeking to halt his execution over concerns about the state's secret lethal injection drugs a day after an Oklahoma court…

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Judge overturns North Dakota law banning most abortions

CNN, April 17, 2014
by Carma Hassan and Dana Ford

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota's abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is unconstitutional. The law banned most abortions after six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat…

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When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue

New York Times, April 16, 2014
by Stephanie Strom

Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights? General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker,…

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US judge blocks Mass. ban on painkiller:

Boston Globe, April 15, 2014
by Milton J. Valencia

A federal judge struck down the state’s first-of-its-kind emergency ban on Zohydro on Tuesday, saying Massachusetts had no authority to overrule a federal decision to approve the powerful, controversial painkiller.…

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Book Launch: The Witch-Hunt Narrative:
Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall 2019A
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Please join us for the launch of Professor Ross E. Cheit's new book The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual…

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Italian court overturns divisive ban on donor eggs, sperm

Reuters, April 9, 2014
by Naomi O'Leary

Italy's constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction. The…

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Judge hits state on painkiller ban:

Boston Globe, April 8, 2014
by Milton J. Valencia

A federal judge said Tuesday that she will probably strike down Governor Deval Patrick’s emergency ban on the sale of Zohydro, a controversial painkiller that has been approved by federal…

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Arizona Limit on Non-Surgical Abortion Allowed by Judge

Bloomberg, April 1, 2014
by Edvard Pettersson

An Arizona law limiting women’s access to drug-induced abortions was allowed by a federal judge to take effect in a defeat to reproductive-rights activists fighting parts of a 2012 state overhaul of…

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Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Generic Drug Case

New York Times, March 31, 2014
by Andrew Pollack

As the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has been critical of brand-name manufacturers that try to block generic versions of their high-priced medicines. But Teva is…

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Make it Work!:

Harvard Law Review 128, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Co-Director)

This short essay is part of a Harvard Law Review Symposium honoring Justice Breyer on his 20th Year on The Supreme Court. It examines Breyer's opinions and impact on the…

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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Texas’ Restrictive Abortion Law

Al Jazeera America, March 27, 2014

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state. The court said the new rules don't…

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Q & A: Supreme Court Hears Cases on Contraception Rule

New York Times, March 25, 2014
by Adam Liptak

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in a pair of challenges to a part of President Obama’s health care law that requires many employers to provide insurance coverage…

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Mass. granted permanent custody of Justina Pelletier:

Boston Globe, March 25, 2014
by Patricia Wen

A long-running child custody case took a dramatic turn Tuesday, when a Massachusetts juvenile court judge awarded permanent custody of teenager Justina Pelletier to the state Department of Children and…

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A Stillborn Child, A Charge of Murder and the Disputed Case Law on ‘Fetal Harm’

ProPublica, March 18, 2014
by Nina Martin

Rennie Gibbs, a 16 year old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among…

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Everything You Need to Know about the Healthcare Contraception Mandate

Shape, March 17, 2014
by Cristina Goyanes, interview with Holly Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] Starting March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing religious disputes over the contraception mandate, which requires employer health insurance coverage of contraceptive methods (without deductibles or co-pays).…

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Was the Medicaid Expansion Coercive?

Routledge, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

In The Affordable Care Act Decision: Philosophical and Legal Implications, Fritz Allhoff and Mark Hall, eds. In this book chapter on the ACA decision, NFIB v. Sebelius, I focus on the Court's…

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Court skeptical of IQ scores in deciding execution

SF Gate, March 4, 2014
by Mark Sherman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Courtindicated Monday that states should look beyond an intelligence test score in borderline cases of mental disability to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible…

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Court Rules Against Notre Dame in Contraception Case:

Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2014
by Louise Radnofsky and Brent Kendall

A federal appeals court Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a legal proceeding claiming the Obama administration's contraception-coverage requirement is forcing it to violate its religious beliefs.…

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DEA needs warrant to access Oregon prescription database, judge says

The Oregonian, February 11, 2014
by Helen Jung

Federal drug investigators can’t access an Oregon-maintained database that records patients’ prescription information without first getting a warrant, a federal judge in Portland ruled. In the opinion issued Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge…

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Australia genetically modified crops row goes to court:

BBC News, February 11, 2014

Steve Marsh said he lost organic certification on 70% of his farm after GM canola seeds blew over from Michael Baxter's farm in 2010. Mr Baxter's lawyers say the organic…

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Religious groups to back Obamacare contraceptive mandate:

Washington Post, February 4, 2014
by Tom Howell, Jr. quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] In its filing, the AJC said the case presents a rare instance in which they see a clash between religious liberty and the equal rights of women. They said the government’s…

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Judge Rejects Execution Delay Over Use of Compounded Drug

New York Times, January 27, 2014
by Dan Frosch and Sabrina Tavernise

Lawyers for a Missouri inmate said Monday that they would appeal a decision not to grant a delay in his execution, arguing that the drug to be used was likely to…

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Brain-dead Texas woman taken off ventilator

CNN, January 27, 2014
by Caleb Hellerman, Jason Morris, and Matt Smith

Fort Worth, Texas (CNN) -- A wrenching court fight -- about who is alive, who is dead and how the presence of a fetus changes the equation -- came to an…

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