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Case Name Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas v. Sebelius FA-TX-0003
Docket / Court 3:12-cv-01589 ( 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 Dallas filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri 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 Dallas filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri 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 February 26, 2013, Judge Jane J. Boyle granted defendants' motion to dismiss for lack of ripeness.

Christopher Schad - 05/22/2012
Wyatt Fore - 03/29/2013


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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
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:12-cv-1589 (N.D. Tex.) 02/26/2013
FA-TX-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiff's Original Complaint 05/21/2012
FA-TX-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 02/26/2013 (927 F.Supp.2d 406) (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0003-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Boyle, Jane J. (N.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
FA-TX-0003-0002 | FA-TX-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ghorayeb, Basheer Y. (Texas)
FA-TX-0003-0001 | FA-TX-0003-9000
Lyons, Katherine J. (Texas)
FA-TX-0003-0001 | FA-TX-0003-9000
Marinkovic, Tamara (Texas)
FA-TX-0003-0001 | FA-TX-0003-9000
Murphy, Terence M. (Texas)
FA-TX-0003-0001 | FA-TX-0003-9000
Schroeter, Thomas K. (Texas)
FA-TX-0003-0001 | FA-TX-0003-9000
Teater, James S. (Texas)
FA-TX-0003-0001 | FA-TX-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0003-9000
Other Lawyers White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-TX-0003-9000

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