The Supreme Court of the United States is meeting today to decide which cert. petitions will be granted for the new term, which formally begins next Monday. One of the petitions distributed for review at the conference will be that from Hadden v. United States, in which DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar filed an amicus curiae brief in support of cert. The issue in the case is whether, under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, the government is entitled to full reimbursement of its Medicare payments when a beneficiary compromises a tort claim and recovers a reduced amount for medical expenses, or whether the government (like its beneficiary) is entitled to only a proportionate recovery from the settlement. The petition is listed on the scotusblog.com (a blog devoted to coverage of the Supreme Court) as one of the “Petitions to Watch” at this conference. Today, at about 9:30 a.m. eastern, the court is expected to release its list of the petitions granted in today’s conference.