CMA in the Courts

The California Medical Association’s (CMA) Legal Affairs Case List summarizes the status of pending health care-related litigation where CMA was a party or filed as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”).

Cases marked with an asterisk (*) were filed on behalf of CMA, the California Hospital Association (CHA) and the California Dental Association (CDA) pursuant to the direction of the CMA-CHA-CDA Amicus Curiae Committee. 

The Case List is circulated monthly, and for more information on a specific case, please contact the staff member identified at the end of each litigation summary or call (916) 444-5532.


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LACMA, CMA, et. al. v. Aetna

CMA Amicus Brief filed: 7/3/12

Status: Currently pending in state court.




California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform v. Smith


CMA Amicus Brief filed: 3/28/17

Status: This case is currently pending before the California Court of Appeals.

California Department of Insurance v. Pacificare Life & Health


Amicus Curiae filed: June 2013

Status: In June 2013, DOI imposed penalties of more than $173 million against Pacificare. United Healthcare, which acquired Pacificare in 2005, has appealed the devision

Vo v. Pomona Valley Hospital


Amicus Brief filed

Date: 2/2/18

Status: This case is currently pending before the Court of Appeal.

Jones v. Wang


Amicus Brief filed: 12/14/15

Status: The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed its previous ruling and held that Dr. Wang was entitled to qualified immunity under both federal and state law for all but one claim.

King v. CompPartners, Inc.

Amicus Brief filed: 1/30/17

Status: Following oral arguments on May 29, this case is awaiting a decision of the California Supreme Court.

AMA, CMA v. Wellpoint


Amicus Brief filed: 6/18/14 

Status: CMA and other medical associations have settled with Blue Cross.


Riddle v. Fresno Community Hospital 




CMA Amicus Curiae filed: 3/12/18

Status: This case is pending before the Court of Appeal.


Sutter Health v. Northern California Health


Amicus Brief filed: 5/3/17

Status: Oral arguments were heard before the Court on May 25, 2018. This case is currently awaiting a decision by the California Court of Appeal.


Mathews vs. Harris




Amicus Brief filed

Date: 10/12/17

Status: This case is pending before the California Supreme Court. 

NIFLA vs. Becerra


Amicus Brief filed: 10/12/17

Status: The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s decision and held that the Reproductive FACT Act is likely unconstitutional.


CMA et al., vs. Toby Douglas


CMA Amicus Brief filed: 1/21/11

Status: The U.S. Supreme Court denied CMA's petition for writ of certiorari.

Avila v. Southern California Specialty Care


CMA Amicus Brief filed: 4/24/18

Status: The California Supremer Court denied the petition for review and request for depublication.

Medical Staff v. Tulare Regional Medical Center


Amicus Brief filed: 3/8/16

Status: This case has settled, although a stipulated judgment to end the lawsuit is pending court approval, before the Superior Court of California, County of Tulare.

American Beverage Association v. San...


Amicus Brief filed

Date: 2/23/16

Status: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down the SSB ordinances.

California v. Azar

Amicus Brief filed: N/A

Status: The case is currently pending before the U.S. Ninth Circuit court of Appeals.



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