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Cuccinelli files lawsuit challenging health care overhaul law

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT, AP) - Virginia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's health care overhaul law.

A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court immediately after President Barack Obama signed the landmark measure into law.

Cuccinelli, a Republican, and other conservatives claim the law represents an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.

Attorneys general from 13 states joined to file a similar lawsuit Tuesday in Florida.

Virginia's lawsuit invokes a newly signed state law that says that no resident can be compelled to have health insurance, nor can they be forced to pay a fine or penalty for refusing health coverage.

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