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Case Name Lindsay v. Sebelius FA-IL-0009
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-01210 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On February 14, 2013, the Catholic managing partner of a law firm and the law firm itself filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), ... read more >
On February 14, 2013, the Catholic managing partner of a law firm and the law firm itself filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under the First Amendment, 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 American Center for Law and Justice, 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 corporation to provide employee insurance coverage for contraception through its group health insurance plan. Claiming that providing coverage for contraception would require them to violate their religious beliefs and moral values, the plaintiffs sought an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate for themselves and other institutions with similar religious objections.

On February 28, 2013, plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction. On March 5, 2013, defendants entered a notice of non-opposition to the preliminary injunction and moved to stay proceedings. On March 7, 2013, the Honorable Sheila Finnegan remanded proceedings to U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman in light of defendants' non-opposition.

On March 20, 2013, Judge Guzman granted plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction and defendants' motion to stay proceedings pending resolution of Korte v. Sebeliusand Grote v. Sebelius, two cases before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that also dealt with parties seeking exemption from the ACA on religious grounds.

On October 17, 2013, Judge Guzman lifted the stay on all civil litigation in this case. As of April 4, 2014, this case is still ongoing.

Emma Lawton - 11/11/2013
Richard Jolly - 04/04/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Abortion
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)
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 The Catholic owner of a law firm seeking an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate for his firm.
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 None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:13-cv-01210 (N.D. Ill.) 01/10/2014
FA-IL-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 02/14/2013 (2013 WL 552648)
FA-IL-0009-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Preliminary Injunction 03/20/2013 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Order Holding in Abeyance Civil Matters Involving the United States as a Party 10/07/2013 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Resetting of Deadlines in Civil Matters Involving the United States as a Party 10/17/2013 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Castillo, Ruben (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0009-0003 | FA-IL-0009-0004
Guzman, Ronald A. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
FA-IL-0009-0002 | FA-IL-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gammill, Carly F. (Tennessee)
FA-IL-0009-0001
Manion, Frances J (Kentucky)
FA-IL-0009-0001 | FA-IL-0009-9000
Surtees, Geoffrey R. (Kentucky)
FA-IL-0009-0001 | FA-IL-0009-9000
White, Edward L. III (Michigan)
FA-IL-0009-0001 | FA-IL-0009-9000
Zimmerman, Erik M. (Kentucky)
FA-IL-0009-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
FA-IL-0009-9000
Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)
FA-IL-0009-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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