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Case Name Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth v. Sebelius FA-TX-0002
Docket / Court 4:12-cv-00314 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On May 21, 2012, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000bb), the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. § 706(2)), and the First Amendment. Plaintiffs, ... read more >
On May 21, 2012, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000bb), the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. § 706(2)), and the First Amendment. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Plaintiffs contended that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On January 31, 2013, U.S. District Court (Judge Terry R. Means) denied the U.S. motion to dismiss for lack of ripeness. On August 22, 2013, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint addressing the government's newly released accommodations for non-profit, religious organizations. On October 9, the plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction and summary judgment. On November 5, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss.

On December 31, 2013, Judge Means granted the plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction. On February 24, 2014, the defendant appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. (Case No. 14-10241)

As of March 24, 2014, the case is ongoing.

Christopher Schad - 05/20/2012
Wyatt Fore - 03/29/2013
Mallory Jones - 03/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Treasury
Plaintiff Description The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
4:12-cv-314 (N.D. Tex.) 10/07/2015
FA-TX-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiff's Original Complaint 05/21/2012
FA-TX-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [denying defendants' motion to dismiss] 01/31/2013 (2013 WL 9600145) (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer to Complaint 02/25/2013
FA-TX-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants’ Motion for Reconsideration or, in the Alternative, for Certification Under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(B) Permitting Immediate Appeal and Brief in Support 02/28/2013
FA-TX-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff’s Response to Defendants’ Motion for Reconsideration or Immediate Appeal Under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) 03/21/2013
FA-TX-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants’ Reply in Support of Their Motion for Reconsideration or, in the Alternative, for Certification under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) Permitting Immediate Appeal 04/04/2013
FA-TX-0002-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion to Reconsider or, Alternatively, to Certify for Immediate Appeal 06/07/2013 (2013 WL 9600550) (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0002-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 08/22/2013
FA-TX-0002-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff University of Dallas's Motion for Preliminary Injunction 10/09/2013
FA-TX-0002-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment 10/09/2013
FA-TX-0002-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs’ Brief in Support of Plaintiff University of Dallas’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment 10/09/2013
FA-TX-0002-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss, or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 11/05/2013
FA-TX-0002-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants’ Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment, and in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motions for Preliminary Injunction and for Summary Judgment 11/05/2013
FA-TX-0002-0013.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Preliminary Injunction 12/31/2013 (2013 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 185410) (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0002-0014.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Administratively Terminating Pending Motions 03/01/2014 (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0002-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Bloomberg Law
Order Granting Preliminary Injunction 06/05/2014 (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0002-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Rule 54 (b) Final Judgment 09/30/2014 (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0002-0017.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 10/07/2015
FA-TX-0002-0018.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Means, Terry R. (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0002-0002 | FA-TX-0002-0007 | FA-TX-0002-0014 | FA-TX-0002-0015 | FA-TX-0002-0016 | FA-TX-0002-0017 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Smith, Jerry Edwin (Fifth Circuit)
FA-TX-0002-0018
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Crumley, John W. (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0001 | FA-TX-0002-0005 | FA-TX-0002-0008 | FA-TX-0002-0009 | FA-TX-0002-0010 | FA-TX-0002-0011 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Ghorayeb, Basheer Y. (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0001 | FA-TX-0002-0005 | FA-TX-0002-0008 | FA-TX-0002-0009 | FA-TX-0002-0010 | FA-TX-0002-0011 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Lyons, Katherine J. (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0001 | FA-TX-0002-0005 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Marinkovic, Tamara (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0001 | FA-TX-0002-0005 | FA-TX-0002-0008 | FA-TX-0002-0009 | FA-TX-0002-0010 | FA-TX-0002-0011 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Murphy, Terence M. (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0001 | FA-TX-0002-0005 | FA-TX-0002-0008 | FA-TX-0002-0009 | FA-TX-0002-0010 | FA-TX-0002-0011 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Schroeter, Thomas K. (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0001 | FA-TX-0002-0005 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Teater, James S. (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0001 | FA-TX-0002-0005 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0002-0003 | FA-TX-0002-0004 | FA-TX-0002-0006 | FA-TX-0002-0012 | FA-TX-0002-0013
Gershengorn, Ian Heath (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0002-0003 | FA-TX-0002-0004 | FA-TX-0002-0006
Grogg, Adam Anderson (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0002-9000
Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0002-0003 | FA-TX-0002-0004 | FA-TX-0002-0006 | FA-TX-0002-0012 | FA-TX-0002-0013 | FA-TX-0002-9000
Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0002-0003 | FA-TX-0002-0004 | FA-TX-0002-0006 | FA-TX-0002-0012 | FA-TX-0002-0013
Ricketts, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0002-0003 | FA-TX-0002-0004 | FA-TX-0002-0006 | FA-TX-0002-0012 | FA-TX-0002-0013
Saldana, Sarah R. (Texas)
FA-TX-0002-0003 | FA-TX-0002-0004 | FA-TX-0002-0006 | FA-TX-0002-0012 | FA-TX-0002-0013
Other Lawyers Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)
FA-TX-0002-9000
Lee, Jennifer (New York)
FA-TX-0002-9000
Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0002-9000
White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-TX-0002-9000

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