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Case Name College of the Ozarks v. Dep't of Health and Human Servs. FA-MO-0004
Docket / Court 12-cv-03428 ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On September 17, 2012, the College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri 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 and Fifth Amendments. ... read more >
On September 17, 2012, the College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri 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 and Fifth Amendments. 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.

Plaintiff sent a notice of voluntary dismissal on January 14, 2013. Judge Brian C. Wimes thus ordered the dismissal without prejudice on January 16, 2013.

Wyatt Fore - 04/05/2013


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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
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of Treasury
Plaintiff Description A Missouri Christian College, organized as a not-for-profit corporation.
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
Docket(s)
6:12-cv-03428-BCW (W.D. Mo.) 01/16/2013
FA-MO-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/17/2012
FA-MO-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice 01/16/2013 (W.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Wimes, Brian Curtis (E.D. Mo., W.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0004-0002 | FA-MO-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ankrom, Derek A. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0004-0001 | FA-MO-0004-9000
Fry, Virginia L. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0004-0001 | FA-MO-0004-9000
Gooch, Ginger K. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0004-0001 | FA-MO-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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