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AHA v. HECKLER

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


May 11, 1984

AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, etc., HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE, etc. and STRONG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, Plaintiffs, against MARGARET M. HECKLER, Secretary, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Defendant; AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, et al., Plaintiffs, against MARGARET M. HECKLER, Secretary, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Defendant.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: BRIEANT

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER [May 23, 1984]

Brieant, J.

 There being no material facts in dispute, the motions by plaintiffs for summary judgment are granted. See transcripts of hearings on March 23, 1984 and April 9, 1984.

 This consolidated case is directly controlled by the decision of our Court of Appeals in United States v. University Hospital, 729 F.2d 144 (2d Cir. 1984) (slip op.), motion for rehearing en banc denied, May 17, 1984.

 The final regulations challenged by plaintiffs in this consolidated action, 45 C.F.R. § 84.55(b)-(e), 49 Fed. Reg. 1622, et seq. (January 12, 1984), were promulgated solely under the purported authority of § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794, see 49 Fed. Reg. at 1622. Accordingly, in light of University Hospital, supra, they are invalid, unlawful and must be set aside pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 706(2)(C), because promulgated without statutory authority.

 In light of the denial of reconsideration en banc of University Hospital, supra, this Court finds it unnecessary to reach the constitutional issues raised by plaintiffs. Nor need the Court now consider the effect of the Supreme Court's decision in Grove City College v. Bell, 465 U.S. 555, 52 U.S.L.W. 4283, 79 L. Ed. 2d 516, 104 S. Ct. 1211 (February 28, 1984), decided subsequent in time to the panel opinion in University Hospital, supra. See our Memorandum and Order dated May 11, 1984.

 Settle final declaratory judgment on five (5) days notice.

 So Ordered.

 MEMORANDUM AND ORDER [May 11, 1984]

 Brieant, J.

 Certain motions are presently pending before this Court for decision. See transcripts of hearings held March 23, 1984 and April 9, 1984. Cited by the parties is the recent opinion of our Court of Appeals in United States v. University Hospital, 729 F.2d 144 (2d Cir. 1984) (slip op.), with respect to which there remains pending and undecided a motion by plaintiff-appellant for a rehearing en banc, filed March 8, 1984.

 After University Hospital was decided, the Supreme Court, on February 28, 1984, issued its opinion in Grove City College v. Bell, 465 U.S. 555, 52 U.S.L.W. 4283, 79 L. Ed. 2d 516, 104 S. Ct. 1211 . Because the Supreme Court opinion in Grove City College was not available when the motions were heard, the Court invites the views of counsel to be expressed by supplemental memoranda, concerning the effect, if any, of Grove City College on these cases. Any such additional submissions should be received in Chambers, Room 2103, with proof of service, no later than May 29, 1984.

 So Ordered.

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