In December 2010, Judge Henry Hudson of the Richmond, Va., Federal District Court struck down the individual insurance mandate,
but allowed the rest of the law to stand (Psychiatric News, January 7). This decision was followed by a decision in a case brought in Florida by 26 state attorneys general. On January
31, Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Fla., struck down the individual mandate and ruled that the
mandate was not severable from the rest of the law; thus, the entire health care law was deemed unconstitutional. A different
federal district court in Virginia and one in Michigan have upheld the individual mandate.