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Case Name Grace Schools v. Sebelius FA-IN-0003
Docket / Court 12-cv-459 ( N.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On August 23, 2012, Grace College and Seminary, and Biola University, Inc., religious non-profits, filed this in the Northern District of Indiana against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury under the Religious Freedom ... read more >
On August 23, 2012, Grace College and Seminary, and Biola University, Inc., religious non-profits, filed this in the Northern District of Indiana against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000bb), the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. § 706(2)), and the First and Fifth Amendments. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and the Alliance Defending Freedom, 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 September 6, 2013, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint incorporating the government's newly announced accommodations for non-profit, religious organizations. The plaintiff argued that even with an accommodation, the mandate violates its religious freedom. The plaintiff filed a motion for preliminary injunction along with the amended complaint.

On September 27, 2013, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, or, in the alternative, a motion for summary judgment. On October 11, 2013, the plaintiff filed a motion for summary judgment.

On December 27, 2013, U.S. District Court (Judge Jon E. DeGuilio) granted the plaintiff's preliminary injunction on the grounds that the plaintiff would suffer irreparable harm without it and their claims had merit under RFRA. On February 24, 2014, the defendant appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (No. 14-1430). This case was consolidated on appeal with Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend v. Sebelius. On September 4, 2015, the Seventh Circuit (Judge Ilana Diamond Rovener) reversed the District Court's preliminary injunction and remanded the case, noting that since the suit was filed the contraception mandate accommodation has been expanded to allow qualifying religious employers to notify HHS directly about their objection. On November 5, 2015, the Seventh Circuit denied the plaintiffs' petition for a rehearing en banc. On November 12, 2015, the Seventh Circuit granted the plaintiffs motion to stay the suit pending petition for writ of certiorari.

Wyatt Fore - 03/26/2013
Mallory Jones - 03/24/2014
Kate Craddock - 02/21/2016


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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
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
Non-profit religious organization
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)
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description Grace College and Seminary, and Biola University, Inc. are two Christian institutions of higher education.
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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing FA-IN-0002 : Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend v. Sebelius (N.D. Ind.)
Docket(s)
12-cv-459 (N.D. Ind.) 03/21/2013
FA-IN-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/23/2012
FA-IN-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amici Curiae Brief of the American Center for Law and Justice and Regent University in Support of Plaintiffs 01/02/2013
FA-IN-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 09/06/2013
FA-IN-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Preliminary Injunction 09/06/2013
FA-IN-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction 09/06/2013
FA-IN-0003-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction , and in Support of Their Motion to Dismiss, or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 09/27/2013
FA-IN-0003-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss , or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 09/27/2013
FA-IN-0003-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction , and in Support of Their Motion to Dismiss, or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 09/27/2013
FA-IN-0003-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Brief of Amicus Curiae Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 10/07/2013
FA-IN-0003-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Cross Motion for Summary Judgment 10/11/2013
FA-IN-0003-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs’ Memorandum of Law in Support of Their Motions for Preliminary Injunction and Summary Motion and in Opposition to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss 10/11/2013
FA-IN-0003-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction 12/27/2013 (988 F.Supp.2d 935) (N.D. Ind.)
FA-IN-0003-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 09/04/2015 (801 F.3d 788)
FA-IN-0003-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Final Judgment 09/04/2015
FA-IN-0003-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 11/05/2015
FA-IN-0003-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 11/12/2015
FA-IN-0003-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges DeGuilio, Jon Ernest (N.D. Ind.)
FA-IN-0003-0012 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Hamilton, David Frank (Seventh Circuit, S.D. Ind.)
FA-IN-0003-0013 | FA-IN-0003-0014 | FA-IN-0003-0015
Manion, Daniel Anthony (Seventh Circuit)
FA-IN-0003-0013 | FA-IN-0003-0014 | FA-IN-0003-0015
Nuechterlein, Christopher A. (N.D. Ind.) [Magistrate]
FA-IN-0003-9000
Rovner, Ilana Kara Diamond (Seventh Circuit, N.D. Ill.)
FA-IN-0003-0013 | FA-IN-0003-0014 | FA-IN-0003-0015 | FA-IN-0003-0016
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baylor, Gregory S. (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0001 | FA-IN-0003-0003 | FA-IN-0003-0004 | FA-IN-0003-0005 | FA-IN-0003-0010 | FA-IN-0003-0011 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Bowman, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0001 | FA-IN-0003-0003 | FA-IN-0003-0004 | FA-IN-0003-0005 | FA-IN-0003-0010 | FA-IN-0003-0011 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Cortman, David A. (Georgia)
FA-IN-0003-0001 | FA-IN-0003-0003 | FA-IN-0003-0004 | FA-IN-0003-0005 | FA-IN-0003-0010 | FA-IN-0003-0011 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Mackey, Jerry (California)
FA-IN-0003-0001 | FA-IN-0003-0003 | FA-IN-0003-0004 | FA-IN-0003-0005 | FA-IN-0003-0010 | FA-IN-0003-0011 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Theriot, Kevin H. (Kansas)
FA-IN-0003-0001 | FA-IN-0003-0003 | FA-IN-0003-0004 | FA-IN-0003-0005 | FA-IN-0003-0010 | FA-IN-0003-0011
Wilson, Jane Dall (Indiana)
FA-IN-0003-0001 | FA-IN-0003-0003 | FA-IN-0003-0004 | FA-IN-0003-0005 | FA-IN-0003-0010 | FA-IN-0003-0011 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-9000
Capp, David A. (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0006 | FA-IN-0003-0007 | FA-IN-0003-0008
Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0006 | FA-IN-0003-0007 | FA-IN-0003-0008
Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0006 | FA-IN-0003-0007 | FA-IN-0003-0008
Pollack, Michael Charles (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0006 | FA-IN-0003-0007 | FA-IN-0003-0008 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Ricketts, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0006 | FA-IN-0003-0007 | FA-IN-0003-0008
Other Lawyers Heil, CeCe (Virginia)
FA-IN-0003-0002
Isakoff, Louis A. (Virginia)
FA-IN-0003-0002
Manion, Frances J (Kentucky)
FA-IN-0003-0002
Roth, Stuart J. (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0002
Sekulow, Jay Alan (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0002
Sekulow, Jordan (District of Columbia)
FA-IN-0003-0002
Surtees, Geoffrey R. (Kentucky)
FA-IN-0003-0002
White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-IN-0003-0002 | FA-IN-0003-9000
Wilkins, Michael A. (Indiana)
FA-IN-0003-0009

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