Supreme Court Remand Averts Ruling on the Merits of Challenges to ACA’s Contraceptive Mandate

In a unanimous per curiam decision, the Supreme Court has vacated and remanded decisions of seven circuit courts of appeals, which had held that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) accommodation for nonprofit religious organizations (NROs) from the contraceptive mandate did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), or the free exercise, establishment, or free speech clause of the First Amendment. The Court expressed no view on the merits of the cases in light of a supplemental briefing from the parties, which indicated that modifications could be made to the challenged procedures, and the dispute resolved. ( Zubik, David A. v. Sylvia Burwell, (2016, S.Ct.) 2016 WL 12038182016 WL 1203818, 84 USWL 3544 ) … Read More

McDonald’s French HQ searched in tax probe – sources

May 27, 2016 By Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) – French investigators searched McDonald’s French headquarters on May 18, targetting the U.S. fast food chain in a tax probe, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday. A preliminary inquiry had been opened early this year after former investigating magistrate and politician Eva Joly … Read More

Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata air bags

May 27, 2016 By Jason Neely, David Shepardson and Alexander Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight automakers announced a recall affecting more than 12 million vehicles on Friday related to defective Takata air bags, documents posted by U.S. government regulators showed. Honda Motor Co is recalling 4.5 million U.S. vehicles while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is … Read More

May 26—House Appropriations Subcommittee passes bill with more cuts in IRS funding

On May 25, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Financial Services and General Government, by voice vote, approved a 2017 spending bill which would cut IRS's FY 2017 budget by $236 million from the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and which would be $1.3 billion below President Obama's budget request. The bill provides $10.9 billion for IRS, holding the agency's budget to below the 2008 level. … Read More