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Case Name Bick Holdings Inc. v. Sebelius FA-MO-0008
Docket / Court 13-cv-462 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On March 13, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the First Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the American ... read more >
On March 13, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the First Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the American Center for Law and Justice, 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 April 1, 2013, United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig granted the plaintiff's unopposed motion for preliminary injunction and stay of the case. The court ordered the defendant not to enforce the ACA insurance mandate regarding contraception against the plaintiffs until 30 days after the case O'Brien v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Services or Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius is decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, whichever occurs first. These cases involve similar legal issues and the same defendant as this case. The court's decision in these cases will affect both parties' legal claims.

Oral argument for both O'Brien and Annex Medical took place on October 24, 2013. As of January 31, 2014, neither O'Brien nor Annex Medical had been decided.

Mallory Jones - 11/15/2013
- 01/31/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
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) Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description A for-profit company seeking an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's 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 Yes
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-MN-0003 : Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.)
FA-MO-0006 : O'Brien v. HHS (E.D. Mo.)
Docket(s)
4:13−cv−00462 (E.D. Mo.) 07/06/2013
FA-MO-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/13/2013
FA-MO-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 03/25/2013
FA-MO-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction 03/25/2013
FA-MO-0008-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Proposed] Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 03/25/2013 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0008-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Unopposed Motion to Stay Proceedings and Notice of Non-Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 03/28/2013
FA-MO-0008-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Proposed] Order Enjoining Defendants 03/28/2013 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0008-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Enjoining Defendants) 04/01/2013 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Fleissig, Audrey Goldstein (E.D. Mo.) [Magistrate]
FA-MO-0008-0002 | FA-MO-0008-0005 | FA-MO-0008-0007 | FA-MO-0008-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gammill, Carly F. (Tennessee)
FA-MO-0008-0001 | FA-MO-0008-0003 | FA-MO-0008-0004
Manion, Frances J (Kentucky)
FA-MO-0008-0001 | FA-MO-0008-0003 | FA-MO-0008-0004 | FA-MO-0008-9000
Surtees, Geoffrey R. (Kentucky)
FA-MO-0008-0001 | FA-MO-0008-0003 | FA-MO-0008-0004 | FA-MO-0008-9000
White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-MO-0008-0001 | FA-MO-0008-0003 | FA-MO-0008-0004 | FA-MO-0008-9000
Zimmerman, Erik M. (Kentucky)
FA-MO-0008-0001 | FA-MO-0008-0003 | FA-MO-0008-0004 | FA-MO-0008-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0008-0006 | FA-MO-0008-9000
Callahan, Richard G. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0008-0006
Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0008-0006
Gershengorn, Ian Heath (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0008-0006
Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0008-0006
Ricketts, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0008-0006
Other Lawyers None on record

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