O'Melveny's Dellinger Quoted in Bloomberg Article on Timing of SCOTUS Health-Care Ruling
September 12, 2011
O'Melveny & Myers Appellate Practice partner and former United States Solicitor General Walter Dellinger is quoted in the September 8, 2011, Bloomberg article "Health-Care Ruling May Delay Final Answer From US High Court." The article reports that a federal appeals court decision has cast doubt on the prospect that the US Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health-care legislation prior to the 2012 elections. The court ruled that judicial review of a challenge to the law's requirement that Americans, by 2014, either acquire health insurance or pay a penalty, must wait for the assessment of a fine. “It's still the case that we will get some decision from the United States Supreme Court the last week of this coming June,” said Dellinger, who filed a brief backing the law on behalf of congressional Democrats. “But it is possible that ruling could be that no one has the right to challenge this law until they've declined to pay the penalty or sought a refund.” Dellinger resides in the Firm's Washington, DC office.