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Case Name Persico v. Sebelius FA-PA-0004
Docket / Court 1:12-cv-00123-SPB ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On May 21, 2012, the Catholic Diocese of Erie and affiliated Catholic organizations filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Pennsylvania 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 ... read more >
On May 21, 2012, the Catholic Diocese of Erie and affiliated Catholic organizations filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Pennsylvania 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 22, 2013, Judge Sean McLaughlin granted the U.S motion to dismiss all of plaintiffs' claims as unripe.

Wyatt Fore - 03/29/2013
Mike Fagan


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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)
Bivens
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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and Catholic nonprofits within the diocese
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
Case Listing FA-PA-0014 : Persico v. Sebelius (W.D. Pa.)
Docket(s)
1:12-cv-00123-SPB (W.D. Pa.) 01/22/2013
FA-PA-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/21/2012
FA-PA-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order [dismissing the plaintiffs' complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction] 01/22/2013 (919 F.Supp.2d 622) (W.D. Pa.)
FA-PA-0004-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Baxter, Susan Paradise (W.D. Pa.) [Magistrate]
FA-PA-0004-9000
McLaughlin, Sean J. (W.D. Pa.)
FA-PA-0004-0002 | FA-PA-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers DeJulius, Leon F. Jr. (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-0001 | FA-PA-0004-9000
Ellsworth, Laura E. (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-0001 | FA-PA-0004-9000
Goetz, John D. (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-0001 | FA-PA-0004-9000
Karoll, Ira M (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-9000
Kilmartin, Alison J. (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-9000
Pohl, Paul M. (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-0001 | FA-PA-0004-9000
Stahler, Mary Pat (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-0001 | FA-PA-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-PA-0004-9000
Other Lawyers Fardo, Noah Paul (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-9000
Rapp, Francis C. Jr. (Pennsylvania)
FA-PA-0004-9000
White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-PA-0004-9000

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