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    Rutledge’s PBM U.S. Supreme Court Case to be Livestreamed on C-SPAN


    October 5, 2020

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s U.S. Supreme Court case, Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, will be livestreamed on C-SPAN on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. central time to ensure the court is open to the general public. Due to COVID-19, the case will be argued by telephone. Nicholas Bronni, Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Office will be arguing from Little Rock for the Attorney General.

    “With arguments to be aired live on C-SPAN, all Americans will have the opportunity to hear how we are protecting local pharmacists who play the vital role as frontline healthcare providers in rural Arkansas and across the country every day,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Despite the delays, our critical fight to protect Arkansans’ access to affordable prescription drugs will finally have its day before the Supreme Court.”

    In the U.S. Supreme Court, Attorney General Rutledge is supported by the U.S. Solicitor General and a bipartisan coalition led by California that includes 44 other states and the District of Columbia.

    In 2015, PCMA filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of Act 900, which regulates pharmacy benefit managers, who act as prescription-drug middlemen, reimbursing pharmacists for prescription drugs dispensed to insurance beneficiaries. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas ruled in 2017 that Act 900 was preempted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that decision in 2018.

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