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Case Name Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Sebelius FA-MO-0001
Docket / Court 4:12-cv-00924 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On May 21, 2012, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and an affiliated charity filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and the First Amendment. ... read more >
On May 21, 2012, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and an affiliated charity filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 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 29, 2013, Judge John A. Ross granted the defendants' motion to dismiss the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Court noted that because the contraception mandate was in the process of being amended, as noted by the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM), in its present form mandate represent only a tentative agency position and are therefore not ripe for review. The Archdiocese similarly lacked standing for not alleging any imminent injury. Plaintiffs' case was dismissed without prejudice.

Wyatt Fore - 03/29/2013
Richard Jolly - 04/28/2014


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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 denied
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)
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 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 Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis and affiliated non-profit Catholic organizations challenging the mandatory contraception provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
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-MO-0012 : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Burwell (E.D. Mo.)
Docket(s)
4:12-cv-00924-JAR (E.D. Mo.) 05/21/2012
FA-MO-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
4:12-cv-00924-JAR (E.D. Mo.) 01/29/2013
FA-MO-0001-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/21/2012
FA-MO-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amici Curiae Brief in Support of Plaintiffs 08/21/2012
FA-MO-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 01/29/2013 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [dismissing the case] 01/29/2013 (920 F.Supp.2d 1018) (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ross, John Andrew (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0001-0003 | FA-MO-0001-0004
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hogan, Carol A. (Illinois)
FA-MO-0001-0001 | FA-MO-0001-9001
Linas, Jonathan M. (Illinois)
FA-MO-0001-0001 | FA-MO-0001-9000 | FA-MO-0001-9001
Murashko, Dennis (Illinois)
FA-MO-0001-0001 | FA-MO-0001-9001
Murray, Brian Joseph (Illinois)
FA-MO-0001-0001 | FA-MO-0001-9001
Reidy, Daniel E. (Illinois)
FA-MO-0001-0001 | FA-MO-0001-9001
Rotatori, Mark P. (Illinois)
FA-MO-0001-0001 | FA-MO-0001-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Pruski, Jacek (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0001-9001
Other Lawyers Heil, CeCe (Virginia)
FA-MO-0001-0002
Manion, Frances J (Kentucky)
FA-MO-0001-0002
Roth, Stuart J. (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0001-0002
Sekulow, Jay Alan (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0001-0002
Sekulow, Jordan (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0001-0002
Surtees, Geoffrey R. (Kentucky)
FA-MO-0001-0002 | FA-MO-0001-9001
White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-MO-0001-0002

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