U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number



Cert. Denied


Questions Presented

Whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. 1144(a), preempts the provisions of San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance, S.F. Cal. Admin. Code §§ 14.1-14.8 (2007), mandating that covered employers in San Francisco spend a specified amount for health care benefits for their covered employees.

Case Updates

Cert. petition denied

June 28, 2010

U.S. Chamber urges Supreme Court to review municipal health care regulations

July 10, 2009

NCLC urged the Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that upheld a San Francisco ordinance dictating how much a business must spend on employee health care. In its amicus brief, NCLC argued that the municipal ordinance is preempted by federal employee benefits laws, and warned against a patchwork of conflicting regional health care laws.

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