|March 11, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, FLA – Today, Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a petition for an expedited, full-court hearing of the health care lawsuit with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. An “en banc” hearing, if granted, would mean the appellate review would be held before all 10 active 11th Circuit judges, rather than the typical three-judge panel. The reason for requesting an en banc hearing is to avoid any unnecessary delays that may arise if a three-judge panel decides the case and then refers it for a hearing by the full 11th Circuit. If Attorney General Bondi’s request is granted, the full 11th Circuit would hear the case on June 6.
“This case is so significant to all Americans that it needs to be resolved as quickly as possible,” said Attorney General Bondi. “If granted, the petition would allow a faster track to the Supreme Court.”
The Petition for Hearing En Banc is in response to the Department of Justice’s Notice of Appeal and Motion for Expedited Review.
Below is a copy of the petition and response: