Hope-A Women's Cancer Center, et al. v. State of N.C., et al.

NCICL Joins Lawsuit to Protect the Constitutional Rights of Physicians


Case Status

Current Status: Closed
Date Filed: May 6th, 2008
Last Action: Jan 7th, 2011
Court Filed In: Wake County Superior

Case Summary

 

Robert F. Orr, Executive Director and Senior Counsel, and Jason Kay, Senior Staff Attorney, have filed suit with the attorneys of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough on behalf of two medical providers, Hope – A Women’s Cancer Center in Asheville and Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic in Raleigh.  The suit challenges the practically unlimited discretion the State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) has in deciding who gets to offer new health care services.  The SHCC produces State Medical Facilities Plan, which determines whether and where many new medical services will be offered.  No substantial, objective guidance is provided to the Council in developing the Plan.  More importantly, because of a series of interrelated laws, the decisions of the Council are not reviewable in any court or administrative tribunal.

 

As alleged by the Plaintiffs, the CON laws combine to create a system that permits a potentially self-interested body of individuals to prevent medical providers from competing with incumbent providers.  In making decisions regarding what medical services will be “needed” in the coming year, members of the Council do not have to disclose -- or avoid making -- any decisions that are or may be based even in part on the profits of their employers.  Since the need determinations in the Plan are not subject to challenge in court, the medical providers are stuck with the decisions of their potential competitors and are left without a forum to challenge those decisions.

 


Documents Filed

Document Title Date Filed Court Download
Order 01/07/2011 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 67KB
Decision 12/15/2010 N.C. Supreme Court PDF 93KB
State's Response to Petition for Discretionary Review and Motion to Dismiss Notice of Appeal 06/21/2010 N.C. Supreme Court PDF 1.6MB
Notice of Appeal and Petition for Discretionary Review 06/08/2010 N.C. Supreme Court PDF 681KB
Opinion 05/04/2010 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 87KB
Plaintiffs - Appellants' Reply Brief 01/13/2010 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 366KB
Amici Brief 2 11/18/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 487KB
Amici Brief 3 11/18/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 582KB
Amici Brief 4 11/18/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 505KB
Amici Brief 5 11/18/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 594KB
Defendants-Appellees' Brief 11/17/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 387KB
Amici Brief 1 11/17/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 563KB
Plaintiffs - Appellants' Brief 09/16/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 1.2MB
Motion for Peremptory Setting 07/22/2009 N.C. Court of Appeals PDF 2.9MB
Notice of Appeal 04/17/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 236KB
Memorandum of Decision and Order 03/26/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 1.2MB
Plaintiffs' Reply Brief in Support of Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 02/20/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 1.3MB
State's Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss 02/20/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 274KB
Memo of Defendant-Intervenors in Response to Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 02/13/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 1.2MB
Defendants' Brief in Opposition to Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 02/13/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 388KB
Plaintiffs' Memo in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss 02/13/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 142KB
Order 01/26/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 317KB
Brief in Support of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 01/23/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 686KB
Plaintiffs' Memo in Support of Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 01/23/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 2.3MB
Reply Memo in Opposition to Defendants' Amended Motion to Disqualify 01/21/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 2.5MB
Reply Brief in Support of Amended Motion to Disqualify 01/21/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 350KB
Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 01/16/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 332KB
Plaintiffs' Memo in Opposition to Amended Motion to Disqualify 01/16/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 437KB
Motion for Leave to File Brief as Amici Cuiae 01/16/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 1.8MB
Joint Statement of Defendant-Intervenors in Support of Amended Motion to Disqualify 01/16/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 234KB
Brief in Support of Amended Motion to Disqualify 01/16/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 546KB
Motion to Dismiss and Answer to First Amended Complaint 01/09/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 528KB
Amended Motion to Disqualify 01/09/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 257KB
Order 01/05/2009 Wake County Superior PDF 166KB
First Amended Complaint 12/31/2008 Wake County Superior PDF 904KB
Motion to Disqualify 12/18/2008 Wake County Superior PDF 146KB
Notice of Appearance 11/14/2008 Wake County Superior PDF 58KB
2.1 Order 09/04/2008 N.C. Supreme Court PDF 30KB
Motion for Protective Order and Motion for Stay 07/14/2008 Wake County Superior PDF 702KB
Motion to Dismiss 06/06/2008 Wake County Superior PDF 118KB
Original Complaint 05/06/2008 Wake County Superior PDF 5.1MB
*Due to size restrictions, in some cases these documents are not the original documents filed with the court. Copies of the official documents are available from the Clerk of Superior Court for Wake County. 05/06/2008 PDF