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Case Name Criswell College v. Sebelius FA-TX-0006
Docket / Court 12-cv-04409 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On February 1, 2012, Criswell College, a nonprofit evangelical Protestant college located in Dallas, 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 ... read more >
On February 1, 2012, Criswell College, a nonprofit evangelical Protestant college located in Dallas, 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)), the First Amendment, and the Fifth 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 contend that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On January 7, 2012, defendant filed a motion to dismiss for want of jurisdiction. On April 9, 2013, the Court granted the defendant's motion to dismiss. The court noted that the government had begun amending the regulations to provide further accommodations for religious employers by publishing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register in March 2012. 77 Fed. Reg. 16,501 (Mar. 21, 2012). The ANPRM sought to develop "alternative ways of providing contraceptive coverage without cost sharing in order to accommodate non-exempt, non-profit religious organizations with religious objections to such coverage." And because the government was in the process of addressing the concerns that the college had expressed, the Court concluded that the case is not ripe for judicial consideration. The court dismissed plaintiffs' case without prejudice.

Wyatt Fore - 03/18/2012
Mallory Jones - 02/18/2014
Richard Jolly - 10/22/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government non-profit
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. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) United States Department of Health and Human Services
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff is a Christian college operating as a non-profit corporation in Texas with 50 employees.
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
12-cv-04409 (N.D. Tex.) 04/09/2013
FA-TX-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/01/2012
FA-TX-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 04/09/2013 (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment 04/09/2013 (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Godbey, David C. (N.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0006-0002 | FA-TX-0006-0003 | FA-TX-0006-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Mateer, Jeffrey C. (Texas)
FA-TX-0006-0001 | FA-TX-0006-9000
McCarty, Darren L. (Texas)
FA-TX-0006-0001 | FA-TX-0006-9000
Sasser, Hiram S. III (Texas)
FA-TX-0006-0001 | FA-TX-0006-9000
Stannard, Paula M. (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0006-0001 | FA-TX-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0006-9000
Pollack, Michael Charles (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0006-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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