Edward Hamilton v. Ohio Department of Health

Three Ohio AIDS patients filed a lawsuit against the director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to prevent enforcement of proposed rules that would arbitrarily deny funding for potentially life-saving medications to Ohio residents infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS-related symptoms. Defendants claimed that ODH failed to follow statutory rule-making process and the proposed rules were unenforceable. Court agreed that public interest would be served by protecting the right of a public hearing, and issued preliminary injunction preventing ODH from implementing new rules pending resolution of the lawsuit.