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Case Name Holland v. Sebelius FA-WV-0001
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-15487 ( S.D. W. Va. )
State/Territory West Virginia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On June 24, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of West Virginia under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the First Amendment against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the public ... read more >
On June 24, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of West Virginia under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the First Amendment against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the public interest firm Liberty Institute, 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 corporation's owners. On July 26, 2013 the plaintiff filed an amended complaint but did not make and substantive changes.

On August 23, 2013 the defendants filed a motion to dismiss to case on the grounds that the plaintiff's free exercise of religion is not substantially burdened by the ACA mandate. On December 10, 2014 U.S. Circuit Court (Judge Thomas E. Johnston) stayed the case until the Supreme Court rules in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, a similar case before the Western District of Oklahoma.

The case is ongoing as of February 3, 2014.

Mallory Jones - 10/16/2013
- 02/03/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
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) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description For-profit company owner seeking exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate.
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 None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
2:13-cv-15487 (N.D. W. Va.) 10/02/2013
FA-WV-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/24/2013
FA-WV-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 07/26/2013
FA-WV-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss 08/23/2013
FA-WV-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memo to Support Motion to Dismiss 08/23/2013
FA-WV-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Staying the Case 12/10/2013 (S.D. W. Va.)
FA-WV-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Johnston, Thomas E. (S.D. W. Va.)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Calabrese, Brian E. (West Virginia)
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Dys, Jeremiah G. (West Virginia)
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George, Kent J. (West Virginia)
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Mateer, Jeffrey C. (Texas)
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Porth, William C. (West Virginia)
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Prunty, Allen R. (West Virginia)
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Sasser, Hiram S. III (Texas)
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Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
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Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)
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Gershengorn, Ian Heath (District of Columbia)
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Goodwin II, R. Booth (District of Columbia)
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Horn, Steven M. (New Jersey)
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Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0002 | FA-WV-0001-0003
Ricketts, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
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Other Lawyers Lee, Jennifer (New York)
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Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)
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Rogers, Sarah (West Virginia)
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