Case Detail

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America v. County of Alameda
On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeals court decision that may usher in a variety of local ordinances designed to foist onto others the costs and responsibilities that local communities have borne traditionally. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging review. WLF argued that an ordinance adopted by Alameda County, California—requiring manufacturers of prescription drugs to establish programs to collect from consumers all unused medicines within the County and safely dispose of them—violates the Commerce Clause. Several provisions of the ordinance ensure that local residents will not bear the programs’ costs. WLF urged the Court to find that the ordinance constitutes a per se violation of the dormant Commerce Clause by discriminating against interstate commerce and by favoring local economic interests over outside ones. WLF filed its brief on its own behalf and for its client, the Allied Educational Foundation.
Case Status:
Review denied.
More Information and Downloads:
1/28/2015: Download the Brief
11/25/2013: Download the Brief

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