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Case Name The QC Group, Inc. v. Sebelius FA-MN-0005
Docket / Court 13-cv-01726 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On July 2, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the First Amendment. The plaintiff, represented ... read more >
On July 2, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the First Amendment. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for an exception to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that providing insurance coverage of contraception would violate the religious beliefs of the company's owners.

On September 11, 2013, United States District Court (Judge John R. Tunheim) granted the plaintiff's unopposed motion for preliminary injunction and stayed the case. The court ordered the defendant not to enforce the ACA insurance mandate regarding contraception against the plaintiff until 30 days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit rules on either O'Brien v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Services or Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius , which involve similar legal issues and the same defendant as this case. As of April 5, 2014 neither O'Brien nor Annex Medical, Inc. has been decided.

Mallory Jones - 10/16/2013
Richard Jolly - 04/05/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for 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. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Plaintiff Description Christian owners of a for-profit corporation, who feel that covering contraception conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
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-MO-0006 : O'Brien v. HHS (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MN-0003 : Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.)
Docket(s)
0:13-cv-1726 (D. Minn.) 09/11/2013
FA-MN-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 07/02/2013
FA-MN-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Preliminary Injunction 09/11/2013 (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Rau, Steven E. (D. Minn.) [Magistrate]
FA-MN-0005-9000
Tunheim, John R. (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0005-0002 | FA-MN-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dickey, James (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0005-0001 | FA-MN-0005-0002 | FA-MN-0005-9000
Kaardal, Erick G. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0005-0001 | FA-MN-0005-0002 | FA-MN-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bildtsen, Ann M (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0005-0002 | FA-MN-0005-9000
Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0005-0002 | FA-MN-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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