As the federal government's lead lawyer before the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has an important but relatively narrow role: By design, his views are intended to sway the justices and the justices alone. But a brief Verrilli filed last week with the court -- for an under-the-radar case in which the U.S. Show More Summary
FIVE months ago, the Supreme Court turned back a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that would have scuttled Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement. On November 21st, the president’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, asked the Supremes for another favour. Show More Summary
Paul Blumenthal for HuffPo: During courtroom debate over the McCutcheon decision, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli expressed concern that political parties could create joint fundraising committees to allow a single candidate to solicit a $1 million-plus contribution, which could be distributed … Continue reading ?
If blockbusters Supreme Court battles ended the way sports championships do, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli would be soaked in champagne and showered with Gatorade. And Jones Day partner Michael Carvin, the lawyer for the losing plaintiffs, would glumly file back into a hushed locker room.
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. said lawyers on the "fortunate side" of the income gap have an obligation to make legal services more affordable for middle- and low-income Americans.
The Obama administration made a really dangerous and ignorant argument to the Supreme Court yesterday, which could have an insanely damaging impact on innovation -- and it appears to be because Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (yes, the MPAA's old top lawyer) is absolutely clueless about some rather basic concepts concerning programming. Show More Summary
Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS? Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS... while high? The Supreme Court asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. to weigh in on the marijuana border wars suit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska against Colorado. Show More Summary
The US Solicitor General Donald Verrili admitted that religious liberty was “going to be an issue” in response to questioning by justices of the Supreme Court. This observation followed the arguments he gave on behalf of the Obama administration favoring same-sex marriage. The answers given by the Solicitor General are particularly troubling because of the […]
BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN THIS ANALYSIS IS CONTINUED FROM PART 1. Before we get to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued after Ms. Bonauto on the first question -- does the Fourteenth Amendment require all states to let gays marry...
We’re little more than a month away from marriage equality oral arguments at the Supreme Court—but one major question still looms: Who’s going to argue this thing? Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. will probably get a few minutes before the justices to explain why the federal government favors same-sex marriage. Show More Summary
As Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. prepares to defend Obamacare before the Supreme Court Wednesday, his colleagues at the Justice Department are getting ready to announce the conclusions of their probe of Ferguson, Mo., police. Their findings aren't news to residents of Ferguson and St. Louis County: officers routinely and disproportionately stop black drivers […]
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., who successfully defended President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law in 2012, is among the possible candidates to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder.
Last year, we noted that US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli had lied to the Supreme Court in Amnesty International's lawsuit about warrantless wiretapping. If you don't recall, Amnesty International had sued about the program, butShow More Summary
Yesterday, I trashed Jeffrey Toobin's write-up of oral argument the Hobby Lobby case. I wrote:The stupidest sentence in the article is this:Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who was defending the law, invested heavily in the argument...Show More Summary
That's the headline at Forbes, reminding me to get back to the transcript, which I half read yesterday. Here's my post, which covers the argument for Hobby Lobby by Paul Clement and ends without getting to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli's argument against the religious exemption the company seeks. Show More Summary
After forcing Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act could force for-profit corporations to pay for employees’ abortions, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed rather pleased with himself. [New York Times] Sidley Austin just hired a major M&A heavy hitter away from General Electric’s legal department. Show More Summary
The U.S. Solicitor General has asked the Supreme Court to argue the Aereo case in favor of the broadcast networks, The Wrap reports: U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who previously filed a friend of the court brief siding...Show More Summary
Andrew M. Grossman The Obama Administration appeared prepared to abandon a major portion of its initial greenhouse gas regulatory scheme in oral argument before the Supreme Court today. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, defending aShow More Summary
When Solicitor General Donald Verrilli stands before the U.S. Supreme Court next month to defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against the charge that it violates religious freedom by requiring employers to provide certain...Show More Summary
“Your argument is, it seems to me, in search of a limiting principle,” Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Barack Obama’s lawyer on Jan. 13 at the Supreme Court. That lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, was explaining when Obama can appoint top government officials and federal judges without Senate confirmation. Show More Summary