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Hearing in LIP lawsuit scratched; Rick Scott, Sylvia Burwell won’t have to appear in court

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A federal judge in Pensacola canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Friday that could have required Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to appear in court. Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued a one-page ruling on Wednesday saying that lawyers for Scott had filed a notice with the federal court to withdraw their motion for a preliminary injunction. With no motion for preliminary injunction, the evidentiary hearing isn’t necessary. In her…

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Will Gov. Rick Scott be showing up in court next week?

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There could be some courtroom drama next week in Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit against the federal government over the fate of $2 billion in supplemental Medicaid money known as Low Income Pool. It was expected that oral arguments would be held on June 19 in the fast-moving lawsuit. But Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers, in an order issued on Wednesday, said she would hold an evidentiary hearing on the governor’s motion for a preliminary injunction that, if approved, could force the federal government to…

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Federal judge tells Obama administration it must respond to Florida’s request for mediation by noon, Tuesday

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A federal court in Pensacola is ordering the Obama administration to respond to Florida’s request to have its dispute with the federal government over the continuation of Low Income Pool dollars mediated. In a brief one-page order Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers said before ruling on Florida’s request for mediation the federal government needed to file an expedited response to the request by Tuesday, June 9. On Monday, attorneys for the governor filed a five-page motion with the federal court…

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