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Case Name American Family Association v. Sebelius FA-MS-0002
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-00032-SA-DAS ( N.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On February 20, 2013, Christian owners of non-profit organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi under the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. ... read more >
On February 20, 2013, Christian owners of non-profit organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi under the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury. The plaintiffs, represented by the Center for Religious Freedom and the Liberty Institute, asked the court for both declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging the federal rules adopted pursuant to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") violated their religious freedom by requiring the organization to provide employee insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs through its group health insurance plan. Claiming that providing this coverage would contravene both their Christian faith and compel speech and association contrary to their beliefs, the plaintiffs sought an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate for themselves and other institutions with similar religious objections.

On March 19, 2013, plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction. On April 19, 2013, defendants moved to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction.

On July 19, 2013, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their case without prejudice against the defendants.

Emma Lawton - 11/17/2013


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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
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government non-profit
Causes of Action Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
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 Christian nonprofit, organized for religious purposes, seeking an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:13-cv-00032-SA-DAS (N.D. Miss.) 07/19/2013
FA-MS-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declarative and Injunctive Relief 02/20/2013
FA-MS-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Pursuant to 41(a)(1)(A)(i) 07/19/2013
FA-MS-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Aycock, Sharion (N.D. Miss.)
FA-MS-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Butterfield, Justin (Texas)
FA-MS-0002-9000
Kellum, Nathan W (Tennessee)
FA-MS-0002-0001 | FA-MS-0002-0002 | FA-MS-0002-9000
Mateer, Jeffrey C. (Texas)
FA-MS-0002-0001 | FA-MS-0002-0002 | FA-MS-0002-9000
Sasser, Hiram S. III (Texas)
FA-MS-0002-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Pollack, Michael Charles (District of Columbia)
FA-MS-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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