Supreme Court Hears Second Day of Cases

Cases deal with drug prices and religious freedom. 

As the October 2020 term of the U.S. Supreme Court got underway, the Justices heard the second day of arguments on Tuesday. The Court heard the cases of  Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, and Tanzin v. Tanvir.

The case of Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association is reviewing a Circuit court decision that determined that an Arkansas law that regulated pharmacy managers’ drug-reimbursement rates is pre-empted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. This is in conflict with a Supreme Court precedent that the Act does not pre-empt any rate regulations. 

Tanzin v. Tanvir is an important religious freedom case that has the justices of the court determining if the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 allows lawsuits seeking monetary damages against individual federal employees. The particulars of the case deal with three Muslim men who were placed on a “do not fly” list after they refused to be FBI informants. They are attempting to sue individual FBI agents as a result. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That God would give the Justices of the Court wisdom on the best rulings to make. 
  • That the result of these arguments would be a better future for the country. 
  • That the Lord would guide the Senate on the best course of action for filling the Court’s vacancy. 

Sources: SCOTUSblog, Supreme Court


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