Bench Memos

Amicus Briefs in HHS Mandate Cases

Thanks to the Becket Fund (counsel for Hobby Lobby), all the Supreme Court amicus briefs (for both sides and for no side) in the HHS mandate cases are available here. By the Becket Fund’s tally, the briefs run nearly three to one in favor of the parties challenging the HHS mandate.

Having extensively summarized the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s amicus brief, I may highlight some of the other amicus briefs after I’ve had time to review them.

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