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Case Name Hart Electric LLC v. Sebelius FA-IL-0007
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-02253 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On March 26, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The ... read more >
On March 26, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) 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 to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate is unconstitutional. Specifically, the plaintiff asked for both a preliminary and permanent injunction keeping the government from enforcing the contraception insurance mandate against them because it violates the owners' deeply-held religious beliefs.

On April 16, 2013, the plaintiff filed an unopposed motion for preliminary injunction. On April 18, the U.S. District Court (Judge Ruben Castillo) granted the motion and stayed proceedings until thirty days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issues a decision in the consolidated cases of Korte v. Sebelius and Grote Industry, LLC v. Sebelius.

On January 21, 2014, the Court granted an unopposed motion to extend the preliminary injunction and stay until forty-five days after the Supreme Court issues a decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and
Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

As of March 24, 2014, the case is ongoing.

Mallory Jones - 03/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
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) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description A for-profit corporation that believes the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate violates its owner's religious freedom
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
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-OK-0001 : Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (W.D. Okla.)
FA-PA-0007 : Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius (E.D. Pa.)
Docket(s)
1:13−cv−02253 (N.D. Ill.) 01/21/2014
FA-IL-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 03/26/2013
FA-IL-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Stay of Proceedings 04/16/2013
FA-IL-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and Stay of Proceedings 04/18/2013 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion to Extend Preliminary Injunction and Stay of Proceedings 01/10/2014
FA-IL-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion to Extend Preliminary Injunction and Stay of Proceedings 01/21/2014 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Castillo, Ruben (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0007-0003 | FA-IL-0007-0005 | FA-IL-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gammill, Carly F. (Tennessee)
FA-IL-0007-0001 | FA-IL-0007-0002 | FA-IL-0007-0004
Manion, Frances J (Kentucky)
FA-IL-0007-0001 | FA-IL-0007-0002 | FA-IL-0007-0004 | FA-IL-0007-9000
Surtees, Geoffrey R. (Kentucky)
FA-IL-0007-0001 | FA-IL-0007-0002 | FA-IL-0007-0004 | FA-IL-0007-9000
White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-IL-0007-0001 | FA-IL-0007-0002 | FA-IL-0007-0004 | FA-IL-0007-9000
Zimmerman, Erik M. (Kentucky)
FA-IL-0007-0001 | FA-IL-0007-0002 | FA-IL-0007-0004 | FA-IL-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
FA-IL-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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