Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Pennsylvania, facing a large budget deficit, attempted to take $200M from a state-created joint underwriting association for medical malpractice insurance. The state passed a law requiring the JUA to give up $200M of its $268M surplus by December 1, 2017 or be dissolved. Judge Christopher Conner of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a preliminary injunction to halt the dissolution. Stating the money was private property, Judge Conner has held that the transfer is a seizure of property without compensation and is unconstitutional.