Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
March 3, 2011
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Judge Vinson Issues Response to Federal Government in Health Care Lawsuit

Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that Judge Roger Vinson has issued a response to the Department of Justice’s most recent motion in the health care lawsuit. The judge’s order granted the Department of Justice’s motion to clarify but then scolds DOJ for waiting two weeks to file that motion. The judge treated this as a motion to stay, as we requested, and granted the motion for stay on the condition that DOJ files their appeal within seven days along with a request for expedited review.

“We are pleased that Judge Vinson reaffirmed that his initial decision was a complete victory for the states in striking down the health care act in its entirety. With this order from Judge Vinson, the 26 states and National Federation of Independent Business as plaintiffs are assured that there will be no more stalling from the federal government,” said Attorney General Bondi. “While we are disappointed that the stay was granted, we are satisfied that DOJ now has only seven days to file their appeal and seek expedited review or they will lose the stay.”

A copy of Judge Vinson's order is available here.