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Case Name Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. v. Sebelius FA-DC-0005
Docket / Court 1:12-cv-01635-RBW ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On October 2, 2012, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., a Christian Bible publisher, and its owner filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000bb), the Administrative ... read more >
On October 2, 2012, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., a Christian Bible publisher, and its owner filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued 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. The plaintiffs, represented by 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. The plaintiffs contended that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On November 16, 2012, the District Court (Judge Reggie B. Walton) granted a preliminary injunction. The government defendants appealed this interlocutory decision to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on January 15, 2013, yet moved to voluntarily dismiss the appeal on April 25, 2013. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the government's motion on May 3, 2013. 2013 WL 2395168.

On July 15, 2015, the District Court entered a permanent injunction, preventing the government from enforcing the version of the contraceptive mandate at issue in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. The plaintiffs requested an injunction with unusually broad language similar to the injunction entered by the District Court for the District of Colorado in Newland v. Sebelius, that would enjoin further regulations developed under the mandate, but the Court rejected their request. The injunction in this case (Tyndale House Publishers) did not prevent the plaintiffs from filing further civil lawsuits to challenge new regulations implementing the contraceptive services mandate.

Any motions for attorney fees and costs were to be filed before October 30, 2015, but none were recorded with the court.

Wyatt Fore - 04/19/2013
Richard Jolly - 03/23/2014
Kate Craddock - 04/10/2016


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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
Closely-held (for profit) corporation
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
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) U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
U.S. Dept. of Labor
U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are a publishing company that produces Christian bibles who operate their business according to Christian teachings and oppose the use of contraception.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Attorneys fees
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 No
Docket(s)
1:12-cv-1635 (D.D.C.) 08/24/2015
FA-DC-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint 10/02/2012
FA-DC-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Memorandum of Law in Support 10/08/2012
FA-DC-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area, as Amici Curiae 10/24/2012
FA-DC-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Reply in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction 10/25/2012
FA-DC-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion 11/16/2012 (2012 WL 5817323 / 2012 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 163965) (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0005-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Granting Motion and Dismissing this Case) 05/03/2013 (2013 WL 2395168)
FA-DC-0005-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Verified Complaint 12/03/2013
FA-DC-0005-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Status Report 03/06/2015
FA-DC-0005-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Walton, Reggie B. (D.D.C., FISC)
FA-DC-0005-0003 | FA-DC-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aden, Steven H. (Virginia)
FA-DC-0005-0001 | FA-DC-0005-0004 | FA-DC-0005-0005 | FA-DC-0005-0008 | FA-DC-0005-9000
Baylor, Gregory S. (District of Columbia)
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Bowman, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)
FA-DC-0005-0001 | FA-DC-0005-0004 | FA-DC-0005-0005 | FA-DC-0005-0007 | FA-DC-0005-0008 | FA-DC-0005-9000
Cortman, David A. (Georgia)
FA-DC-0005-0001 | FA-DC-0005-0004 | FA-DC-0005-0005 | FA-DC-0005-0007 | FA-DC-0005-0008 | FA-DC-0005-9000
Stanley, Erik William (Kansas)
FA-DC-0005-0001 | FA-DC-0005-0004 | FA-DC-0005-0005 | FA-DC-0005-9000
Theriot, Kevin H. (Kansas)
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Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
FA-DC-0005-9000
Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)
FA-DC-0005-0007 | FA-DC-0005-0008 | FA-DC-0005-9000
Mizer, Benjamin C. (District of Columbia)
FA-DC-0005-0008
Other Lawyers Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)
FA-DC-0005-0002
Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)
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