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Case Name Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius [I] FA-DC-0003
Docket / Court 1:11-cv-01989-JEB ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional 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
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. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
U.S. Dept. of Labor
U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff is a Christian college who opposes the use of contraception for religious reasons, and therefore objects to the contraception mandate in the ACA.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
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-DC-0002 : Wheaton College v. Sebelius (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0019 : Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius [II] (D.D.C.)
Docket(s)
1:11-cv-1989 (D.D.C.) 08/19/2013
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General Documents
Complaint 11/10/2011
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First Amended Complaint 03/20/2012
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Memorandum Opinion 07/18/2012 (878 F.Supp.2d 25) (D.D.C.)
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Order 07/18/2012 (D.D.C.)
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Memorandum Opinion and Order 09/05/2012 (2012 WL 3861255) (D.D.C.)
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Order 12/18/2012 (703 F.3d 551)
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Order 08/13/2013
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Judges Boasberg, James Emanuel (D.D.C., FISC)
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Garland, Merrick B. (D.C. Circuit)
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Griffith, Thomas Beall (D.C. Circuit)
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Randolph, Arthur Raymond (D.C. Circuit)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Coffin, Shannen W. (District of Columbia)
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Kniffin, Eric N (District of Columbia)
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Rassbach, Eric C (District of Columbia)
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Rienzi, Mark (District of Columbia)
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Smith, Hannah C. (District of Columbia)
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Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
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Other Lawyers None on record

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