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Case Name Triune Health Group, Inc. v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Servs. FA-IL-0004
Docket / Court 12-cv-06756 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On August 22, 2012, Triune Health Group, Inc., a corporation with more than fifty employees, and its owners filed this lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000bb), the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U. ... read more >
On August 22, 2012, Triune Health Group, Inc., a corporation with more than fifty employees, and its owners filed this lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois 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, seek to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Plaintiffs contend that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On January 3, 2013, Judge Amy St. Eve granted a preliminary injunction stopping the Federal Government from enforcing the contraception mandate until the Court determines the merits of Plaintiffs' case and if further injunctive relief is needed. Defendants appealed the preliminary injunction to the 7th Circuit (No. 13-1478). On March 14, 2013, the Court (Judge John Daniel Tinder) held the appeal in abeyance pending resolution of the appeal in Korte v. Sebelius, No. 12-3841.

On April 2, 2013, the District Court (Judge Amy St. Eve) stayed the proceedings until the Seventh Circuit issues a decision in Korte v. Sebelius, No. 12-3841 (7th Cir.), and Grote v. Sebelius, No. 12-1077 (7th Cir.). On November 20, 2013, this case was transferred to District Court Judge Andrea Wood. On September 4, 2014, the defendants voluntarily dismissed the appeal (No. 13-1478) of the preliminary injunction following the Supreme Court's ruling in href=http://www.clearinghouse.net/detail.php?id=12661>Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The plaintiffs continued to object to the regulatory accommodations provided for closely-held for-profit corporations, and opposed a final injunction order that differs from the preliminary injunction. This case is ongoing.

Wyatt Fore - 03/22/2013
Richard Jolly - 04/12/2014
Kate Craddock - 02/20/2016


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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
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Abortion
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
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) Illinois Department of Insurance
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are two individuals, and a company they own (Triune Health Group). Triune Health Group has more than 50 employees, and does not qualify for the religious employer exemption. As a result, they are required by the ACA to offer certain contraception benefits.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief 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
Additional Resources
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Docket(s)
12-cv-06756 (N.D. Ill.) 02/09/2016
FA-IL-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/22/2012
FA-IL-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 10/15/2012
FA-IL-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Preliminary Injunction Order 01/03/2013 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0004-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notification of Docket Entry 02/06/2013 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges St. Eve, Amy J. (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0004-0003 | FA-IL-0004-0004 | FA-IL-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Breen, Peter C. (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-0001 | FA-IL-0004-0002 | FA-IL-0004-9000
Brejcha, Thomas (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-0001 | FA-IL-0004-0002 | FA-IL-0004-9000
Casey, Samuel B. (District of Columbia)
FA-IL-0004-0001 | FA-IL-0004-0002 | FA-IL-0004-9000
Craddock, Jason (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-0001 | FA-IL-0004-0002
Gillen, Patrick (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-0001 | FA-IL-0004-0002
Waxman, David B. (District of Columbia)
FA-IL-0004-0001 | FA-IL-0004-0002 | FA-IL-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-IL-0004-9000
Ioppolo, Thomas A. (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-9000
Malowitz, Marni M. (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-9000
Other Lawyers Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)
FA-IL-0004-9000
Bartelt, Leah (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-9000
Chaiten, Lorie (Illinois)
FA-IL-0004-9000

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