Behind the healthcare-law case – The challengers’ tale

From the New York Times and Reuters:

A little over a year ago, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was on a mission. Along with a group of like-minded officials from other states, she was determined to be the first to test President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law at the U.S. Supreme Court. And she wanted to find the right lawyer to do it. . . .

Bondi had borrowed a conference room at a Washington law office where her brother was a partner, and her team heard pitches from three law firms winnowed down from a lengthy list.

In the end, Paul Clement, a partner at the law firm King and Spalding LLP who had been a U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush, prevailed with arguments Bondi and her associates later described as “passionate,” a manner they called “humble,” and an eventual price tag that was especially attractive.

The choice of Clement on that cold day 13 months ago was one of several critical moments that defined the arc of the dispute the justices will hear over an extraordinary three days of arguments on March 26-28.

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