On January 8, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Delia v. E.M.A., an important Medicaid lien case in which CCL had submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the American Association for Justice and North Carolina Advocates for Justice in support of Respondent. During argument, the Justices and counsel for respondent made several implicit references to the CCL brief. First, Justice Sotomayor told Petitioner’s counsel that the North Carolina statute at issue was not the sort of state procedure that the Court had cited favorably in its earlier Ahlborn ruling: adopting an argument made in the CCL brief, she said: “I don't see the North Carolina procedure referenced in Ahlborn as something that States could do. It wasn't referenced directly in the -- in the opinion, and it wasn't referenced indirectly by the amici. The amici were talking about substantially different procedures.” Later, counsel for Respondent engaged in a colloquy with Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg about North Carolina’s statutory allocation procedure for liens in workers compensation cases; that statutory procedure had also been brought to counsel and the Court’s attention by the CCL amicus brief.