Non Sequiturs: 12.16.18

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* In case you missed it (the news broke on Friday night), Judge Reed O’Connor (N.D. Tex.) held that the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare is unconstitutional, in the wake of last year’s tax reform that reduced the ACA’s “shared responsibility payment” for lacking health-care coverage to zero. [MedCity News]

* Josh Blackman agrees with Judge O’Connor the constitutionality of the individual mandate, but disagreed with his severability analysis. [Reason / Volokh Conspiracy]

* Meanwhile, fellow Volokh Conspirator Samuel Bray is glad that the court didn’t issue a national injunction. [Reason / Volokh Conspiracy]

* Adam Feldman takes a closer look at the Federal Circuit’s relationship to the Supreme Court — including which members of the Federal Circuit are most frequently vindicated by SCOTUS. [Empirical SCOTUS]

* Carrie Severino shares the disappointment of her former boss, Justice Thomas, in Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh voting against certiorari in Gee v. Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast. [Bench Memos / National Review]

* Eric Turkewitz calls out members of the media for misreporting on a routine trip-and-fall case because they don’t like the plaintiff’s famous father. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

* Oakland is going on the offensive against the NFL, firing off a 49-page complaint signed by James Quinn of Berg & Androphy, among others. [The MMQB / Sports Illustrated]

* Speaking of Berg & Androphy, name partner David Berg offers expert insights on what it takes to win as a trial lawyer. [YouTube]

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