Amicus Brief: Immel v. Lumpkin


The district court’s holding that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine bars federal court review of the decision of a state administrative agency was clearly in error.  The decision below conflicts with holdings of the Supreme Court, this Court, and other circuit courts, and should therefore be reversed.  Also, abstention doctrines sought by defendant do not preclude federal jurisdiction over claims under the federal Medicaid statute. A federal court can properly confirm that because Ohio accepts federal funds for its Medicaid program, the state must comply with federal Medicaid requirements.  The district court erred in failing to reach the merits of plaintiff’s claim that the denial of her Medicaid benefits violated federal law.

The amicus brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on behalf of NSCLC, Ohio Legal Rights Service, AARP, NHeLP, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Ohio Poverty Law Center, and Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

Read the Immel v. Lumpkin amicus brief.

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