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Unraveled — Book Examines the Legal Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

Posted on · Josh Blackman, associate professor at Houston College of Law (formerly South Texas College of Law) initially considered himself the “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern” of the Affordable Care Act. Like the largely incidental characters of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Blackman witnessed a lot of key moments in the saga over the passage, implementation and initial challenges to the federal […]

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Abortion Ruling and Law Schools to Face Off in Court: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel debates: the Supreme Court […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Two Provisions of Texas Abortion Law

Posted on · The US Supreme Court this morning (June 27, 2016), in a 5-3 ruling, struck down two provisions of a Texas law regulating abortion: one requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admissions privileges within 30 miles; the other requiring clinics that provide abortions to meet the standards of outpatient surgical centers. The state argued […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Two Cases Stemming from Texas

Posted on · On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in two of the three pending major cases tied to Texas. The court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama’s plan that would have shielded millions of immigrants from deportation. And, in a 4-3 decision, the court upheld the affirmative action program at the University of Texas. Joining us to […]

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Supreme Court Tie Deals Blow To Obama’s Immigration Order

Posted on · Dealing a major blow to President Obama’s controversial executive immigration order, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday it had failed to produce a majority opinion on the policy — meaning that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ November 2015 decision rejecting the policy stands.