California Political Review: Calif. Appeals Court Directs Lower Court to Nullify Ruling that Temporarily Suspended End of Life Option Act in May

November 30, 2018

California’s 4th District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the End of Life Option Act, which allows for physician assisted death. The court determined that because both patients and physicians can opt out of participation, the plaintiffs did not establish legal standing. The ruling nullified the superior trial court’s judgement that suspended the law earlier in the year.

“This appeals court ruling is an important legal precedent that strengthens our chances of successfully defending the law,” said O’Melveny partner John Kappos who represents Compassion & Choices and presented oral argument to the appeals court. “The harsh reality is this case is likely to last several more years because the plaintiffs are hell-bent on depriving Californians of their constitutional right to end-of-life care options that ensure terminally ill Californians have access to a peaceful death, free of unbearable suffering,” Kappos said.

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