Health-care reform has won its latest legal battle, with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing lawsuits by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. The court dismissed the suits on jurisdictional grounds, saying the plaintiffs don’t have the standing to contest the law. The one dissenting judge said he would have examined the law and upheld the mandate based on its legal merits rather than dismissing the suits. Before the latest ruling, the 11th Circuit Court had found the mandate unconstitutional, while the Sixth Circuit Court said it was legally sound. The case is expected to go all the way to the Supreme Court, possibly next year.
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