Last year, the legal world was swept up in the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) debate. Was the individual mandate constitutional? Was it a
penalty or a tax? For months, it was the topic that everyone wanted to
In 2013, we expect the ACA to remain a hot topic in the
legal community, though it's unlikely to capture the same level of media
attention as the individual mandate case. The ACA birth control mandate became
effective on January 1, and non-exempt employers like religious
colleges and family-owned
companies are asking federal appellate courts to find that the mandate
violates their Free Exercise rights. Even if the contraceptive coverage issues
are resolved in 2013, we expect even more litigation in 2014, when the bulk of
the ACA becomes effective.
Healthcare, however, will not be the only topic in the
courts in 2013. Here are five more trending legal topics that lawyers and
consumers alike will be discussing in 2013.